Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Werewolf (1956)

THE WEREWOLF combines the mad scientist motif with classic Horror themes when an unsuspecting patient is transformed into a snarling werewolf by a geneticist that is looking to strengthen the human genome against atomic radiation. Duncan reverts back to human form and escapes, but without any recollection of his past. When he wanders into a nearby town, he unwittingly changes back into the wolf when confronted by a would-be attacker, and kills the man. His furry alter-ego runs off into the woods while the police plan to trap the beast before it kills again! Director Fred F. Sears dismisses all of the classic mythology in this unlucky tale about a reluctant werewolf. There are no full moons, pentagrams, or silver bullets to be found anywhere in the plot, as it attempts a much more modern approach to the material. Like Lon Chaney before him, Steven Rich provides a sympathetic performance that becomes even more pitiable when Duncan's wife and child are discovered searching for their lost loved one. Clay Campbell does an excellent job with his original make-up designs, which are instantly recognizable from his earlier work in RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked THE WEREWOLF, check out:
RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, THE MAD MONSTER.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a Hammer film. I'll keep an eye out for it.

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  2. Fred you are sure to enjoy this one, crisp B+W filming and a unique werewolf tale that isn't wrapped in the typical misty moors!

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  3. Glad you recommended it, I would never have known about it otherwise!

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