60 Years of Getting Hammer-ed
It’s a shame that they never did a sequel to CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF. Or sequels, plural, the way they did with the Wolfman over at Universal. Leon the Werewolf is just as deserving as Larry Talbot’s Wolfman of the exposure. The fact that they didn’t may explain why, even now, when I think of Hammer Studios, I think first of Christopher Lee’s Dracula, then of the Frankenstein movies with Peter Cushing. Surely if Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Wolfman make up the “holy trinity” of the Universal Monsters, Hammer should have its own triumvirate of heroes with Lee’s vampire Count, Cushing’s mad doctor (In the Hammer series, it is the scientist and not the Monster who is the real star.), and Oliver Reed’s Werewolf.
Even with some of Hammer’s best films getting restorations and BluRay upgrades, CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF is noticeably absent. No respect, I tell ya! No respect! I actually expect that this series is only the first of several, and that we will be seeing a fully restored, digitally remastered version of the Reed film further on up the road, along with several of the other obvious choices that are missing from the current roster. They wouldn’t want to do them all at once, I expect.