The Werewolf (1956)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film  |   Release Date - Jul 1, 1956 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Columbia's The Werewolf is not nearly as generic as its title would suggest: in fact, it is one of the better films of its kind. Steven Ritch plays Duncan Marsh, who after being seriously injured in a car wreck is used as a guinea pig by a pair of none too scrupulous scientists (S. John Launer and George M. Lynn). Seeking a cure for radiation poisoning, the scientists inject Marsh with wolf serum (what this has to do with radiation poisioning is never fully explained). Before long, Marsh is a full-fledged lycanthrope, wreaking havoc in the Big Bear Lake region. Some truly startling vignettes--including one lulu of a sequence in a jail cell--lift this Sam Katzman production well above the norm.

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werewolf, creature, cure, experiment, monster, multiple-murder, police, serum, shapeshifter, stranger, transformation, woods [place], mad-scientist, radiation-poisoning