The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Terence Fisher
Starring: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

Directed by legendary horror filmmaker Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein), this atmospheric tale of terror stars Oliver Reed (Venom, The Brood) as the orphan of a maniacal beggar and a mute girl. From his birth to young manhood, he discovers a horrible secret. Try as he may, the cursed man is unable to deny the dark force within him. When the moon is full, he becomes an uncontrollable, seemingly unstoppable killer incapable of distinguishing between friend and foe. Spectacular makeup effects and beautifully photographed 19th-century European locales heighten the suspense of this classic tale of horror.

The latest classic Hammer film to make its way to Blu-ray by way of Scream Factory is 1961’s The Curse of the Werewolf! This tells a story about a man who turns into a werewolf which might be pretty obvious, but how we get to the point of this story isn’t what I’d call the norm. What happens in this movie is we have a few things that happen before we head off into the main portion of the story. Like for instance, we start off following a town beggar, which leads to him being trapped by the town jerk in the town’s big castle. This leads to him friending a girl who doesn’t speak and then in a very odd and twisted way leads to us having our werewolf in question comes into the story. The journey to get there might be a bit more interesting than the actual story we have. It’s a different path but its interesting.

While the usual big names of Hammer fame aren’t here in this one, we do have a very young Oliver Reed playing our wolfman and he plays the role in a very tormented style. He acts the part almost to the point of nearly over-acting the part from time to time. Like most Hammer films I’ve run across, this one takes is time and goes for a more methodical method of giving is our thrills and chills. But if you are already a big fan of Hammer films then I don’t think you’ll dislike their take on the wolfman. It starts off pretty interesting, then it kind of settles into a rhythm and while it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, it at least keeps things watchable and that’s very important. The transfer also looks good and we have a nice list of extras.

Extras

  • NEW 4K Scan From The Interpositive
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Actress Yvonne Romain, Special Makeup Effects Artist Mike Hill And Composer Leslie Bricusse
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW The Men Who Made Hammer – Roy Ashton
  • NEW Serial Killer – Benjamin Frankel, Serialism And The Curse Of The Werewolf
  • The Making Of The Curse Of The Werewolf – Including Interviews With Actors Catherine Feller And Yvonne Romain, Mike Hill, Art Director Don Mingaye, Art Department Member Margaret Robinson And Filmmaker Jimmy Sangster
  • Lycanthropy: The Beast In All Of Us
  • Censoring The Werewolf
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers From Hell With Commentary By Filmmaker John Landis
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 94%

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