Hello, faithful readers. This is our third Werewolf Wednesday and I wanted to celebrate it with a film that a lot of people have never seen: Curse of the Werewolf.
This film is from Hammer Horror in England and kudos to it for going back to the origins of werewolf lore. It wasn’t the bite of the werewolf that carried a virus, but it was generally someone who was cursed, or who would perform dark magic and could take the shape of the wolf and other animals. If you actually look into history, they executed people for being a werewolf (no silver bullets on that one). But I digress back to the movie. It goes with a more classic origin. Our werewolf in this film is the result of a rape and according to myth – the bastard son of a rapist would become a werewolf. Accordingly our werewolf does begin to exhibit the symptoms of lycanthropy as he approaches his late teens (18, I believe) at which point he begins to rampage about under the full moon.
This is one of the more sympathetic characters in werewolf cinema because he actually tells his love’s father where to obtain a silver bullet and that he must be killed with it. The makeup effects on the film are a little dated, but Oliver Reed puts in a good performance as our tormented protagonist. This is the only werewolf film that Hammer Productions ever made, which is sad because it is such a good film.
The image below is a link to a Hammer films mutli-pack featuring Brides of Dracula starring Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and several other British horror classics. The official synopsis is below.
Synopsis: This re-imagining of the classic horror story is set in 18th century Spain and follows an orphan child who terrifies those around him when he becomes a werewolf after a hunting expedition.
Big thanks to everyone that came out yesterday to Smyrna for Revfest and welcome.
As this is the start of a new week, I thought that I would post classics of horror cinema. I consider classics to be anything up through 1960, and I realize that people will argue that range. I just wanted to give you guys the range that I would be using to determine a “classic” horror film.
For my first film, let me start with an English film that helped to inspire my second Winston & Baum steampunk adventure: Hammer’s The Mummy from 1959 (phew just made the cut off). This film features, like many of Hammer’s early hits, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. A lavish production that deals with the resurrection of an ancient high priest to seek revenge on those who desecrated the tomb of his lover, this film features great effects and wonderful performances. With many classic Hammer actors in supporting roles, Peter Cushing would become synonymous with the academic pitting himself against unnatural forces. Christopher Lee is imposing, even without the use of his voice, as the shambling mummy.
Why I am a sucker for the Universal films, I feel that this is a superior film to Universal’s The Mummy starring Boris Karloff. Mainly because Universal’s film feels like an Egyptian spin on their classic 1932 Dracula.
To pick up a copy of this classic, just click on the cover below and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: When three English archaeologists find the tomb of an Egyptian highpriestess — buried nearly four thousand years before — they discover a guard who had been buried alive with her. Rising in anger, the Mummysets out to destroy the despoilers of the tomb of the sacred princess in this cult horror film. Starring two horror legends — Peter Cushing(“Star Wars”) and Christopher Lee.