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The Curse of the Werewolf

Released 1961
Distributor Universal

Oliver Reed scores in one of his early lead roles as the tormented hero of Hammer Films’ only foray into lycanthropy, set in 18th century Spain and shot on sets built for an Inquisition project that the censor forbid Hammer to make. Anthony Dawson is great as the depraved, syphilitic Marques Siniestro who sets the plot in motion.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.