Werewolf of London from 1935

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Before Universal’s “The Wolf Man” from 1941, the studio had originally explored the werewolf subject with “Werewolf of London” in 1935. For a long time this film was widely overlooked and underrated.

 

 

Werewolf of London from 1935

 

 

 

 

 

Starring: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson

Directed by: Stuart Walker

Ratings: Internet Movie Data Base; 6.4/10 …Rotten Tomatoes; 77%

Our Rating; 7.5/10

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!@Werewolf of London (1935). The movie opens in Tibet under the light of a brilliant full moon. Dr. Wilfred Glendon is in search of a mysterious flower which grows only in this location and draws it’s life from the light of the moon.

While trekking through the rocky terrain of the mountains it’s apparent that strange forces are at play.

The Dr. discovers his plant but is immediately attacked by some unknown beast and of coarse, bitten.

 

Back in England Glendon is approached by a Dr. Yogami who explains that they have indeed already met while he was in Tibet and goes on to tell that the rare flower which uncannily grows in the moonlight is also a antidote for werewolfery!

 

A Beast Emerges…

 

Werewolf of London from 1935

World’s First Werewolf! – Werewolf of London 1935.

Soon Glendon begins to notice a change for the worse and hastens to use his flowers as a remedy but alas, the flowers have been cut and taken!

 

A werewolf begins to prowl the fog-thick streets of London. It’s howls being heard by the terrified citizens.

A murder takes place, then another. Meanwhile a deadly jealousy is building within Glendon toward his wife and a past love.

 

Tragedy is sure to follow for, “A werewolf will instinctively seek to kill those he loves the most…”

 

An effective original piece with very good cinematography from the beginning and including the transformation scenes. The werewolf make-up is comparatively minimal but cleverly done and while not being as elaborate as later designs still conveys the intent.

Good use of humor toward the end of the film between two elderly land ladies trying to outwit one another while befuddled with drink. 

Music score is done excellently for it’s time, with the only drawback being that the film is somewhat slow in it’s dinner party scenes. Apparently it also lacked the benefit of having a familar star like Karloff or Lugosi as the leading man.

Maybe it is this which caused the film to be largely overlooked.

 

Werewolf of London from 1935 is a great offering of early horror. Anyone with an interest in werewolf films should definitely check out this initial feature of the genre. And, as with all of the films reviewed here, those with a love for early cinema would do well to experience this piece.

 

 

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Any comments? Likes and dislikes? Please feel free to write them in the space below. Thanks very much for reading.  Jamie

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Don says:

    Hi Jamie,

    I love such movies and I am always having my eyes open to find them. Old movies are great to watch and it is impressive how they made movies at that time, not really comparable to movies nowadays 😉

    When did your interest in these movies start?

    Cheers
    Don

    • admin says:

      Hi Don, yeah you’re right…it’s impressive to know how they made the old movies. Especially genre’s such as horror which required a good, story and strong acting as well as groundbreaking special effects and makeup.

      Have always had a fascination with horror but my love for the old classics started when I was in my early twenties, about twenty years ago. Developed a deep appreciation for them. Now they are like old friends. Jamie.

  • John says:

    Hey Jdeen, very impressive website. Well designed and presented. I enjoyed reading the history of Halloween and I realize more the significance of this holiday which I really did not take serious. I now have more respect for this special day and will be more motivated to celebrate it. I also like that you put a new light on horror films which have faded over the years. Great nostalgic entertainment.

    • admin says:

      Hey thanks a lot John. I appreciate you checking out my post on Halloween too! It gave me a new respect for it too while I was researching it. Thanks for recognizing my love for the old classics!

  • Riaz Shah says:

    Hey Jamie,
    This is really interesting, I really love werewolf stories and mythical creatures. It would be great to check out one of the first ever werewolf appearances in the history of movies. Definitely getting myself one of this but one question though, the Amazon link you added below leads to the Werewolf of Washington, not London.

    • admin says:

      I definitely recommend this classic Riaz, it’s a superb Universal Classic and has the added appeal of being one of the world’s first werewolf films as you say! Makeup artist Jack Pierce, who created the famous look for The Wolfman (1941), first experimented with this, initial version.

      I’m very sorry about the incorrect link. The Amazon link at top of page appears correct and will take you to the right DVD. I will fix the link at bottom straight away. Thanks very much for pointing that out. Much appreciated.

      All the very best Riaz, thanks for visiting! Jamie.

  • Travis says:

    This is definitely an old movie. I saw your site and was going to keep going, but I had to see what this movie was about. I know I have seen the picture of that werewolf before somewhere. I guess this movie is truly a classic. That trailer was crazy. I have never seen a brutal attack like that in a trailer before.

    Anyways, just thought I would comment.

    • admin says:

      Well thanks for dropping in and commenting Travis. …Brutal attack!?? Yeah actually, I guess it is pretty brutal for the time. The werewolf’s clawing at the Dr Yogami’s face and drawing blood. Never noticed this in the trailer…

  • Jackie says:

    Hi! Your Web page looks great! I like the layout with the pictures and enjoyed watching the movie trailer. I like watching the old horror classics but I had no idea this movie existed. It’s interesting that it was one of the first movie’s on werewolves! I immediately thought of that “Werewolves of London” song, though. Lol. Nicely done!

    Thanks,

    Jackie

  • Josh says:

    Greetings Jamie!

    I never even knew about this film until stumbling upon your site but I must say, your review has intrigued me to the point in which I believe I will watch this film. Im not going to go out and purchase it, but if I can find it available for rental somewhere, I will most definitely give it a watch. Usually I go by the rotten tomatoes rating scale, but I can see that they gave this movie fairly poor ratings which would have prevented me from watching it unless I found your site! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • admin says:

      Hey there Josh. Yes my friend, this is a classic early werewolf piece. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this title on Netflix for you to rent but a copy of the film can actually be viewed on YouTube. I’m like you, I always check out a film’s rating on both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. Sometimes it helps, but I’ve found a lot of the time I totally disagree! The movie is either way better or way worse than how it’s rated lolol. Personal preference always comes into it of coarse hey. …By the way, 77% for Werewolf of London (1935) isn’t too bad I wouldn’t think??

      Thanks heaps for dropping in mate! Jamie.

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