Saturday, October 03, 2020

31 Days of Halloween - Day 3 - Movie

A young boy, raised by wolves, is taken in by a traveling troupe of entertainers. As a young man he transforms into a werewolf, kills one of the performers and runs off. He ends up in Paris where he falls for a prostitute, unaware of what she does for a living, Once he finds out, he starts killing all lot the men who pay for her services. Peter Cushing plays a police scientist determined to stop him.

Legend of the Werewolf (1975) feels like a really cheap Hammer film, not surprisingly since, besides Cushing, the film also features Hammer regular Michael Ripper. The screenplay was by Anthony Hinds (as John Elder) writer of numerous Hammer productions, and directed by Freddie Francis, also a Hammer veteran. Despite the talent involved, the film comes across as a lackluster Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Hammer's only werewolf movie, right down to the look of the werewolf himself. The two films also feature some overlapping story similarities since both are loosely based on The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. Watched at 1:00 in the morning, this movie might be passably entertaining, but overall it's more of a miss than a hit.

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1 comment:

Cerpts said...

I feel pretty much the same; kinda a huge disappointment and a movie I haven't revisited since I first saw it.