Werewolf of London (1935)

Stuart Walker directs Henry Hull, Warner Oland and Valerie Hobson in this the original werewolf movie from Universal.

So this is where it all started. Not as well acted or as compelling as the sad mythical Lon Chaney film that followed it, this still has its charms. Hull is a dull monster lead but the cast around him are pretty vivacious, Oland and Hobson do memorable full fat work. There’s an alternative lycanthrope lore involving loved ones and curative flowers that feels unexplored by later movies. Once we breakout into slum London, the film becomes a daft Jekyll and Hyde movie. One where the comic relief is old gin soaked landladies punching each other’s lights out. A curio, not without its pleasures.

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