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IMDB RATING:

6.3

as of: 10/24/04

Werewolf of London

MY RATING:

7

out of 10

Director:

Stuart Walker

Actors:

Henry Hull .... Dr. Wilfred Glendon
Warner Oland .... Dr. Yogami
Valerie Hobson .... Mrs. Lisa 'Lee' Glendon

Comments:

Not too many people seem to know this, but Werewolf of London is NOT a sequel to The Wolf Man. In fact, it came out 6 years earlier. Now, with that out of the way, on to the review. Henry Hull stars as Dr. Wilfred Glendon, a British botanist looking for a rare flower in Tibet. After he is attacked by some creature and bitten, he heads back to England and home. His wife Lisa (Valerie Hobson) knew when she married Glendon that he was a stoic man dedicated to his work, but she notices he is even more stoic and more dedicated to his work than ever. A Dr. Yogami (Warner Oland of Charlie Chan fame) shows up with an incredible tale. He claims that he was the beast who bit Dr. Glendon in Tibet, and that the flower Glendon has brought back is the only cure (and a temporary one at that) for "Werewolfery". Glendon of course scoffs until he starts growing a bunch of hair on the back of his hand. He rubs the flower on it and it goes away, but the flower is ruined. Luckily he has three more buds, if only he could get them to bloom... I liked this movie more than the average person, but I'm a huge fan of both the old Universal films and werewolf movies in general. Valerie Hobson wasn't great, and neither was Henry Hull. You are supposed to like and feel empathy for Hobson's character, but by halfway through the film I was hoping one of the werewolves would get her. I did like Oland's performance, however. The film itself as a whole also had that special something that makes me think of Halloween. Any film that can do that is golden in my book. I recommend getting this on The Wolf Man Legacy Collection. I'd easily pay $20 for The Wolf Man alone. Getting Werewolf of London and two other movies in addition is just gravy.

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