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Werewolf Double Feature

By Cindy McNicholl

Rome's Capitol Theatre (220 W. Dominick St.) will present a double feature of werewolf movies on Saturday, October 15 at 2:30 and 7 pm. (Both movies will be run at each show.)  The films are 1935’s “Werewolf of London” and “The Curse of the Werewolf” from 1961.

“Werewolf of London” concerns a botanist (Henry Hull) who, while on an expedition in Tibet, is attacked and bitten by a werewolf (Warner Oland).  After he returns to England he discovers that he, too, has been affected with the disease and during a full moon becomes a werewolf and terrorizes London.  Also in the cast of the Stuart Walker-directed film are Valerie Hobson and Lester Matthews.  “Werewolf of London” was the first of Universal’s long-line of werewolf films.  DVDJournal.com calls the movie a “thriller that’s one of the most well-crafted and polished suspense movies of the era. The plot blends new components of the werewolf ‘legend’ with some science-fictional elements [and] benefits from a crackerjack script, taut direction, and fine scenic design, not to mention some of the best uses of supporting characters to ever prop up a monster movie….a genuine surprise treat.” 

     The second feature is “The Curse of the Werewolf,” a Hammer Horror color film made in England in 1961.  Oliver Reed plays the title character, a young man cursed from infancy with the disease of lycanthropy, which he has been able to suppress.  But after his girlfriend rejects him, the inner beast in him emerges and he is transformed into a hideous killer.  Terrance Young directed the film, which co-stars Clifford Evans, Yvonne Romain, and Anthony Dawson.  Esplatter holds that “Curse of the Werewolf,” “is the best werewolf movie ever made. It features all of the studio’s classic virtues: beautiful sets, effective music, colorful photography, solid scripting, memorable performances, and a muscular directorial approach that relishes depicting horror for the maximum emotional impact.” 

     Both movies will be seen in 35mm prints from Universal Pictures.  The entire program, including a 15-minute intermission between features, will run approx. three hours, five minutes.   Each of the movies has a “PG” rating.

     Tickets are $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for Capitol Friends and students, and $1.50 for children 12 and under.  Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the Capitol box office at (315) 337-6453.

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