He had but one body - yet lived with two souls!

Curse of the Werewolf
1961 | Color | 93 Minutes | 1.85:1 | UR | Horror | Mono | Hammer Studios

Director: Terence Fisher

Writers: Anthony Hinds

Clifford Evans
Oliver Reed
Yvonne Romain 

In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child, Leon becomes a werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner's daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town.

I have always liked this take on the Werewolf and its religious undertones. In fact, the movie's Spanish setting came from a backlot that was built for a Spanish Inquisition film. This film was not produced because the Catholic League of Decency threatened to ban it. For many this was also one of the best looking Werewolves even  though makeup artist Roy Ashton based his makeup for this film on Jack P. Pierce's makeup for The Wolf Man. The way this was filmed was always so cool to me the bold color's gorgeous woman and the whole Christmas Curse plot!

So make sure you tune in tonight “Curse of the Werewolf” will run at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 central, or check local listings for your area.


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