Sneha Girap (Editor)

Legend of the Werewolf

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
5.6/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Freddie Francis
Music director  Harry Robertson
Country  United Kingdom
5.5/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror, Mystery
Screenplay  Anthony Hinds
Writer  Anthony Hinds
Language  English
Legend of the Werewolf movie poster
Release date  1975
Cast  Peter Cushing (Prof. Paul), Ron Moody (Zookeeper), Hugh Griffith (Maestro Pamponi), Roy Castle (Photographer), David Rintoul (Etoile), Stefan Gryff (Max Gerard)
Similar movies  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Underworld
Tagline  A Tyburn Tale of Terror

Legend of the Werewolf is a 1975 British Tyburn Film Productions horror film directed by Freddie Francis. It stars Peter Cushing.. Although released in UK cinemas, in the US it was released on VHS only. Although Endore is not credited, aspects of Guy Endore's classic werewolf novel The Werewolf of Paris are present in the film.


Legend of the Werewolf wwwgstaticcomtvthumbmovieposters6904p6904p


Legend of the Werewolf The Psychotronic Kinematograph Legend of the Werewolf 1975

At midnight on Christmas Eve, two immigrants fleeing persecution stop by the roadside for the woman to have her baby. The mother dies, and the father is slaughtered by wolves. However, the wolves protect the baby instead of killing, and the baby grows into a wild boy. Years later, a trio of circus performers find the boy out in the woods, and use him as an attraction called the “Wolf Boy”. He is named Etoile, and loses his wolfish aspects, and his public appeal, as he grows up. One night, Etoile changes into a wolfman under the influence of the full moon, and kills a circus member. As he’s dying, he accuses Etoile, who flees. He soon arrives in Paris, and is taken as a zookeeper. That same day, a group of prostitutes from a nearby brothel visit to have lunch, and Etoile is smitten by the pretty Christine. She takes a liking to him, but keeps her job a secret. Later, Etoile decides to take Christine dancing, but it turned away by the Madame Tellier. He tries to sneak in by the window, but catches Christine in the middle of entertaining a client. He bursts through the window in a jealous rage, and attacks the client. Madame Tellier stops him, and chases him away. Christine confronts Etoile the next morning, and in the ensuing argument, she tells him about her history as an orphan until Madame Tellier took her in. Etoile asks Christine to marry him, but she tells him it wouldn’t work. That night, Etoile changes again, and kills clients leaving the brothel. The attacks draw the interest of Professor Paul, a skilled forensic surgeon, who initially deduces that it was a wolf. He embarks on his own investigation against the protests of his friend, Officer Gerard, and inspects the wolves in Etoile’s zoo. Etoile’s demonstration of their gentleness leaves Paul skeptical, as does the new evidence gathered. The evidence leads him to the brothel, and he questions Madame Tellier, who is put out by his requests to identify the bodies. He brings photographs of the victims, and she lies about having seen them. However, Christine sees them also, and Paul, noting her reaction, questions her in private. She admits to having had them as clients, but leaves Etoile out of her story. Meanwhile, the city prefect decides to make Paul’s wolf theory official, and orders all zoos to kill their wolves. Etoile is given the grisly task, and he beside himself with grief. Christine visits him, and leaves to get the zookeeper, thinking Etoile is sick. Etoile changes, and escapes into the sewer before she returns. With his rage and grief spurring his viciousness, Etoile goes on a killing spree, and hides in the sewers the next day. Paul discovers one of the victims is still alive, and revives her long enough to hear her speak of creature neither a man nor a wolf. Paul’s servant Boulon tells him of the werewolf tales from his countryside home, and Paul deduces the attacker will kill the next night. He interviews Christine again, and asks her to wait in Etoile’s room. He gets a map of the sewers, and forges a silver bullet for precautions. That night, he goes down into the sewers, and encounters Etoile. Paul tries to reason with him, offering his help. Etoile is temporarily brought to sanity, but Gerard, warned by Boulon, attacks at the last minute. Etoile flees to the zoo, followed by Paul. Christine is shocked and frightened by Etoile’s wolf form, but Etoile doesn’t hurt her. Paul tries once more, but Gerard shoots Etoile with the silver bullet. Etoile dies, changing back into a man while Christine looks on in grief.


Legend of the Werewolf The Cushing Files Legend Of The Werewolf 1975
  • Peter Cushing as Professor Paul
  • Ron Moody as Zookeeper
  • Hugh Griffith as Maestro Pamponi
  • Roy Castle as Photographer
  • David Rintoul as Etoile
  • Stefan Gryff as Max Gerard
  • Lynn Dalby as Christine
  • Renee Houston as Chou-Chou
  • Marjorie Yates as Madame Tellier
  • Norman Mitchell as Tiny
  • David Bailie as Boulon
  • Hilary Farr as Zoe (as Hilary Labow)
  • Michael Ripper as Sewerman
  • Patrick Holt as Dignitary
  • John Harvey as Prefect
  • Pamela Green as Anne-Marie (uncredited)
  • Production

    Legend of the Werewolf FreeCoversnet Legend Of The Werewolf 1975 R2 CUSTOM

    The film was shot at Pinewood Studios from 19 August 1974. The screenplay was written by Anthony Hinds under his pseudonym John Elder. Hinds was also the writer of Hammer's only werewolf film The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), in which Michael Ripper also appeared.

    Related items

  • Black, Robert. Legend of the Werewolf. Novelisation of the film.
  • Buscombe, Edward. Making Legend of the Werewolf. BFI Publications, 1976. 122-page book which provides a full production history of the film.

  • Legend of the Werewolf Legend of the Werewolf 1975 YouTube
    Legend of the Werewolf Legend of the Werewolf Wallpaper Werewolves Wallpaper


    Legend of the Werewolf Wikipedia
    Legend of the Werewolf IMDbLegend of the Werewolf

    Similar Topics
    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    The Twilight Saga: New Moon