The Curse of the Werewolf – 1961
A Hammer Film production released by Universal Pictures
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MPAA Approved Certificate
The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional
RCA Sound Recording
Produced at Bray Studios England
Technicolor 88 mins
Spain: A wandering beggar falls foul of the sadistic Marques Siniestro and is flung into a dungeon, where he remains for years, virtually forgotten. Then a young mute servant girl also upsets the Marques and, to teach her a lesson, she is put in the cell with the beggar, who rapes her and promptly dies. The girl kills the Marques and escapes, but now she is pregnant by the beggar. It seems that her baby will be born on Christmas Day and local legend has it that there is only one fate in store for an unwanted child conceived in such circumstances and born on the Lord’s birthday…
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Before this film was made, Hammer planned to make one about the Spanish Inquisition, but there were rumours that the Catholic Office would take a very dim view of such a movie and try to have it banned. The project was therefore abandoned, but not before Bernard Robinson’s sets had been constructed. Not a company to waste resources, Hammer transferred the action of Guy Endore’s novel “The Werewolf of Paris” to Spain and Anthony Hinds wrote the script for “The Curse of the Werewolf”, the first of many screenplays written by him under the pseudonym John Elder.
Welsh actor Clifford Evans returned to Hammer in 1963 to star as the vampire-killer in “The Kiss of the Vampire”.
Details were complied viewing the actual film.
Source of viewing copy – The Hammer Graveyard Collection