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Legend of the Werewolf (1975)

A travelling circus in 19th century France adopts and showcases a feral "wolf boy", who grows into adulthood only to kill the one-man band. He runs off to Paris, where he develops a jealous... See full summary »

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Freddie Francis

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Anthony Hinds (as John Elder)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Professor Paul
Ron Moody ... Zoo Keeper
Hugh Griffith ... Maestro Pamponi
Roy Castle ... Photographer
David Rintoul ... Etoile
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Max Gerard
Lynn Dalby Lynn Dalby ... Christine
Renee Houston ... Chou-Chou (as Renée Houston)
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Madame Tellier
Norman Mitchell ... Tiny
Mark Weavers Mark Weavers ... Young Etoile
David Bailie ... Boulon
Hilary Farr ... Zoe (as Hilary Labow)
Elaine Baillie Elaine Baillie ... Annabelle
Michael Ripper ... Sewerman
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A travelling circus in 19th century France adopts and showcases a feral "wolf boy", who grows into adulthood only to kill the one-man band. He runs off to Paris, where he develops a jealous, overprotective crush on a prostitute, leading him to attack her client, incurring a pursuit by a determined police surgeon. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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A Tyburn Tale of Terror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1978 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Plague of the Werewolves See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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David Rintoul receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

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At c. 23 minutes the freshly opened champagne has negligible fizz when it is poured. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Paul: He's all right; he won't harm you, but you musn't reject him!
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Decent enough, but can't touch Hammer
11 October 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Legend of the Werewolf was released by the Tyburn production company, who only released a handful of horror films during the mid-seventies. It's obvious that the studio was trying to imitate the successful Hammer films, and indeed they've succeeded in capturing the right style as Legend of the Werewolf looks and feels like a Hammer movie, and the company have even managed to get prolific Hammer director Freddie Francis on board, as well as one of the heavyweights of horror; Peter Cushing. The obvious film to compare this one to is the sixties classic 'Curse of the Werewolf', and indeed the two films share a lot of plot elements in common. The film takes place in 19th century France, and focuses on a young boy who was kidnapped and brought up by wolves. Naturally, it's not long before the circus roll into town and spots this boy. He soon becomes the main attraction at the circus, and in spite of this; he manages to grow into a strapping young man. However, the wolf in him soon comes to surface and he begins to rampage through the local population.

Despite capturing the right atmosphere, this film isn't as good as the best that Hammer has to offer. The plot simply isn't all that interesting, and the film doesn't manage to capture that mini epic feel of the earlier Hammer classic. The plot is also rather mundane and if you've seen more than a handful of werewolf movies, you're likely to have already seen all that this film has to offer. Not even Peter Cushing manages to lift this above the mundane in genre terms, as his performance here doesn't feature his usual enthusiasm, and is really just a variation on his classic portrayal of vampire hunter Van Helsing. Cushing starred in a handful of low budget films in the seventies in which he barely had any screen time, and I'm pleased to say that here he features quite prominently. The plot line is more than a little bit stretched, and the film suffers quite often because of this. Simply put; there isn't enough distraction from the central plot idea. Overall, however, this film adequately provides ninety minutes of entertainment, and even though it can't stand up to most of Hammer's films; I did enjoy watching it.


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