The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

UK, 1961
87m 2s (UK-video), 88m 24s (UK-theatrical)
35mm, Technicolor
mono, English

An American/British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. It’s the only werewolf film made by Hammer Film Productions.

Plot Summary

A young mute servant girl is raped in a prison cell by a degenerate beggar and later dies giving birth, on Christmas Day, to a son, Leon. The boy is raised by Don Alfredo but becomes a werewolf who, as a young man, terrorises his local town every full moon.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Terence Fisher
© MCMLXI by Universal Pictures Company Inc.
A Hammer Film production
Executive Producer: Michael Carreras
Produced by: Anthony Hinds
Associate Producer: Anthony Nelson Keys
Production Manager: Clifford Parkes
Screenplay by: John Elder [real name: Anthony Hinds]
Based on the novel ‘The Werewolf of Paris‘ by Guy Endore
Assistant Director: John Peverall
Continuity: Tilly Day
Director of Photography: Arthur Grant
Camera Operator: Len Harris
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Editor: Alfred Cox
Music Composed and Conducted by: Benjamin Frankel
Sound Recordist: Jock May
Sound Editor: Alban Streeter
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe: Molly Arbuthnot
Make-Up Artist: Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist: Frieda Steiger
Special Effects: Les Bowie
Production Designer: Bernard Robinson
Art Director: Don Mingaye
Produced at Bray Studios, England
Casting: Stuart Lyons

Clifford Evans (Don Alfredo Corledo)
Oliver Reed (Leon Corledo)
Yvonne Romain (servant girl)
Catherine Feller (Cristina Fernando)
Anthony Dawson (Marques Siniestro)
Anne Blake (Rosa Valiente)
Warren Mitchell (Pepe Valiente)
Michael Ripper (old soak)
Peter Sallis (Don Enrique)
Ewen Solon (Don Fernando)
Hira Talfrey (Teresa)
George Woodbridge (Dominique)
Richard Wordsworth (beggar)
Josephine Llewellyn (Marquesa)
Justin Walters (young Leon)
John Gabriel (priest)
Martin Matthews (Jose Amadayo)
David Conville (Rico Gomez)
Denis Shaw (gaoler)
Charles Lamb (chef)
Serafina Di Leo (Senora Zumara)
Sheila Brennan (Vera)
Joy Webster (Isabel)
Renny Lister (Yvonne)
Desmond Llewelyn [footman] *
Kitty Atwood [midwife] *
John Bennett, Alister Williamson [policemen] *
Hamlyn Benson [landlord] *
Ann Blake [Senora Valiente] *
Ray Browne [official] *
Rodney Burke [customer] *
Max Butterfield [cheeky farmer] *
Loraine Carvana [servant girl as child] *
Francis De Wolff [bearded customer] *
Richard Golding, Alan Page [customers] *
Howard Lang [irate farmer] *
Michael Lewis [page] *
Michael Peake [farmer in cantina] *
Stephen W. Scott [another farmer] *
Frank Siernan [gardener] *
Gordon Whiting [footman] *

Alternative Titles

The Curse of Siniestro – shooting title
Der Fluch von Sinistro – German title
L’Implacabile condanna – Italian title
La Nuit du loup-garou – French title

Extracts included in
Censoring the Werewolf (2015)
The Shaggy Dog (1994)
The World of Hammer: Mummies, Werewolves & the Living Dead (1994)


The Daily Cinema no.8447 (21 April 1961) p.8 – review
The Daily Cinema no.9022 (1 February 1965) p.9 – note (General Releases – North London)
Dark Terrors no.2 (March/April 1992) pp.6-13 – illustrated article (The Curse of the Werewolf)
Dark Terrors no.5 (November/December 1992) p.12 – article (Censored Hammer by Mike Murphy)
Dark Terrors no.17 (2000) pp.7-9 – illustrated article (Censored Hammer: The Curse of the Werewolf by Mike Murphy)
Fangoria vol.7 no.67 (September 1987) p.18 – illustrated * Video Review (The Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops)
The House that Hammer Built no.3 (June 1997) pp.137-144 – illustrated article (The Curse of the Werewolf)
The House that Hammer Built no.10 (October 1998) pp.91-106 – illustrated article (* Terence Fisher)
Kine Weekly no.2795 (27 April 1961) p.43 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.28 no.329 (June 1961) p.80 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.46 no.542 (March 1979) p.64 – illustrated article (Guy Endore Printing the Legend by Tom Milne)
Shivers no.34 (October 1996) pp.28-31 – illustrated article (by Alan Barnes)
Shivers no.35 (November 1996) pp.44-47 – illustrated article (by Alan Barnes)
Variety 3 May 1961 – credits, review

The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.xi, 352-354; 526-528 – notes; credits
English Gothic by Jonathan Rigby pp.78, 85-87, 95, 105, 119, 163, 190, 246 – illustrated notes, review
The Films of Oliver Reed by Susan D. Cowie and Tom Johnson pp.41-47 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Reed All About Me: The Autobiography of Oliver Reed – by Oliver Reed p.113 – note
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films
by Walt Lee p.84 – credits
Terence Fisher
by Peter Hutchings pp.5, 46, 110, 115-117, 156, 157, 164 – notes
Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion
by Paul Leggett pp.88-95, 118, 177, 185 – notes
What Fresh Lunacy Is This? The Authorized Biography of Oliver Reed
– by Robert Sellers pp.69-72, 426; 480 – notes; credits