'''''Curse of the Werewolf''''' is a 1961 film from Terence Fisher. Surprisingly, this is the only werewolf movie produced in the entire run of HammerHorror films. Based on the book ''The Werewolf of Paris'' by Guy Endore, the movie changes the setting to Spain. Notable for the heavy tones of melodrama and emotional conflict.
Born on Christmas day, Leon is the child of a poor serving girl raped by a mad beggar (who himself was driven insane by a nobleman's cruelty). As he grows up, it appears that Leon inherited a terrible curse from the tragic circumstances of his conception, and only true love may be able to save him.
!!The film contains examples of these tropes:
* AristocratsAreEvil: The root of the curse is the Marquis' needless cruelty.
* BloodierAndGorier: Though more tame than most of Hammer's other movies from the period.
* ChekhovsGun: The silver bullet.
* ComicBookAdaptation: The film was adapted into comci book form in the pages of ''The House of Hammer'', issue 10.
* DisposableSexWorker: Leon stops by a brothel on the night of the full moon. This goes about as well as you would expect.
* DownerEnding: Well, it's a werewolf movie, what do ''you'' think happens at the end?
* HammerHorror: Strangely, the studio's ''only'' werewolf movie.
* HappilyAdopted: Leon is actually quite happy with his "Aunt" and "Uncle." His problems lie with his natural parents...
* HollywoodDarkness: Noticeable "Day For Night" filters employed.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: These Spaniards all seem to speak [[TheQueensLatin the Queen's Spanish.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: As the title suggest, Leon becomes a werewolf because of a vaguely defined curse arising from the tragedy and cruelty of his conception. There is also the suggestion that the PowerOfLove may cure a werewolf.
** That he was born on Christmas also plays into it, which actually was a way in mythology that people thought one could be born a werewolf.
* ThePowerOfLove: The only thing that can cure a werewolf.
* [[TheQueensLatin The Queen's Spanish.]]
* RaceLift: The book was set in France but this adaptation is set in Spain, making most of the character's dark-skinned Spaniards.
* RapeAsDrama: Leon [[ChildByRape is conceived]] when the mad beggar rapes the serving girl. The Marquis also tries to force himself on her.
* SuicideByCop: Attempted. Leon confesses to the murders and ''begs'' to be executed before he kills again.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: In the end the werewolf is pursued by an angry mob in a scene very reminiscent of ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.