It’s not really true to the accepted werewolf lore and the prologue is way too long, but this is the best werewolf movie since Lon Chaney, Jr. got yak hair glued to his face. After a mute servant girl is raped by a bestial prisoner, she gives birth (on Christmas) to the emotionally unstable Leon. When he grows up he’s played by Oliver Reed and falls in love. When the girl’s father objects, Leon’s lycanthropic tendencies come out and he becomes a hulking werewolf with a crewcut. The chase through the rooftops ending is protracted, but the earnest performances and the excellent make-up makes this one of Hammer’s best horror films. Directed by the workhorse of the Hammer Studios, Terence (The Horror of Dracula) Fisher.