Even a man who is pure in heart, And says his prayers by night, May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms And the autumn moon is bright. If you haven't heard this piece of horror-movie doggerel before, you'll never forget it after seeing The Wolf Man for two reasons: it's a spooky piece of rhyme and nearly everybody in the picture recites it at one time or another. Set in a fog-bound studio-built Wales, The Wolf Man tells the doom-laden tale of Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), who returns to the estate of his wealthy father (Claude Rains). (Yes, Chaney's American,... but the movie explains this, awkwardly.) Bitten by a werewolf, Talbot suffers the classic fate of the victims of lycanthropy: at the full moon, he turns into a werewolf, a transformation ingeniously devised by makeup maestro Jack Pierce. Pierce was the man who turned Boris Karloff into the Frankenstein monster, and his werewolf makeup became equally famous, with its canine snout and bushy hairdo--and, of course, seriously sharp dental work. The Wolf Man was a smash hit, giving Universal Pictures a new monster for their already crowded stable, and Chaney found himself following in the footsteps (or paw prints) of his father, who had essayed a monster or two in the silent era. This is a classy horror outing, with strong atmosphere and a thoughtful script by Curt Siodmak--well, except for the stiff romantic bits between Chaney and Evelyn Ankers. It's also got Bela Lugosi (briefly) and Maria Ouspenskaya, the prunelike Russian actress who foretells doom like nobody's business. --Robert Horton [show more]
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Collection of classic US horror films. In 'Werewolf of London' (1935) Dr Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) is attacked on a dark night by a strange animal while abroad on a botanical expedition. On his return to London, he realises that he himself has become a werewolf, turning into a crazed beast at every full moon. His only hope of a cure is a rare flower that can only be found in Asia. In 'The Wolf Man' (1941) Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) returns from college in America to his father's mansion in Wales. After meeting Gwen Conliffe (Evelyn Ankers) in the nearby village, he escorts her to the local fair. She tells him the local legend of the werewolf, but he laughs it off - even when gypsy fortune teller Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya) also tells him to beware. However, when Gwen's friend is then attacked by a wild wolf, Larry rescues her but is bitten in the process. Sure enough, when the next full moon comes round, Larry finds himself transformed into a murderous werewolf that can only be destroyed by silver. In 'Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man' (1943) Larry Talbot aka the Wolf Man decides to seek a cure for his lycanthropic malady after being accidentally resurrected by grave robbers. With Dr Frankenstein now dead, Talbot is forced to turn to scientist Dr Frank Mannering (Patric Knowles) for help. Mannering claims that not only can he banish the Wolf Man forever, he also intends to resurrect Frankenstein's dormant monster (Bela Lugosi). In 'House of Frankenstein' (1944) Dr Niemann (Boris Karloff) escapes from the mental asylum in which he is being held and awakens Count Dracula (John Carradine), the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange) as he looks to gain revenge on his many enemies. In 'House of Dracula' (1945) Count Dracula arrives at the laboratory of Dr Edelmann (Onslow Stevens) claiming to seek a cure for his vampirism, but is actually looking to turn Edelmann's beautiful assistant into his vampire bride. Meanwhile, the Wolf Man asks Edelmann to bring his lycanthropy to an end. However, when the attempt to cure him fails, he throws himself off a cliff and ends up in an underground cavern where he discovers Frankenstein's monster (Strange). Finally, 'She-Wolf of London' (1946) follows Phyllis (June Lockhart), a young woman who unwittingly transforms into a werewolf when night falls. Suspected of committing a series of gruesome murders, she breaks off her relationship with her partner Barry (Don Porter). However, convinced Phyllis is innocent, Barry launches an investigation of his own in a bid to clear her name.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. 6 FILMS FROM THE ORIGINAL LEGACY INCLUDES: THE WOLF MAN (1941)- FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943)- HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)- HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945)- WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935)- SHE-WOLF OF LONDON (1946) The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes 6 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the tragic monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Wolf Man to this day Actors: CLAUDE RAINS, BELA LUGOSI, LIONEL ATWILL, LON CHANEY JR.Directors: GEORGE WAGGNERFormat: PALLanguage: EnglishRegion: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1Number of discs: 5