Cry of the Werewolf (1944) - Crime, Drama, Horror

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A young woman raised by gypsies hides a deadly secret which she will do anything to protect.

IMDB: 5.3
Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Nina Foch, Stephen Crane
Length: 63 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 9 out of 32 found boring (28.12%)

One-line Reviews (24)

The script is dull, full of exposition for the first half-hour, and populated by some hardly competent actors.

As a pair of matriarchal lycanthropes, Nina Foch and the enjoyably malevolent-looking Blanche Yurka wouldn't have looked out of place as members of the Palladists in 'The Seventh Victim', while - probably intentionally - far more electricity is generated between the remarkably youthful looking Miss Foch (who gets preposterously little screen time) and Osa Massen than between either of them and the incredibly boring hero Stephen Crane.

Stephen Crane is positively goofy but Barton MacLane makes up for it with his enjoyable tough cop routine.

And what a waste of the talented Nina Foch who doesn't get nearly the screen time her character deserves.

The cast is extremely dull and lifeless and the direction isn't any better.

He defines the cliché of the bland, boring, and ineffectual pretty boy and his performance is amateurish.

If nothing else, it's an entertaining example of what can be done with some talent, care and craftsmanship, even if you couldn't quite buy dinner for a family of four to six people with the existing budget.

Slow, turgid crime drama with a supposed horror element is what you get.

Entertaining take on the werewolf legend as established by Curt Siodmak in The Wolfman, blended with elements of Val Lewton's The Cat People.

"Cry of the Werewolf" is a decent enough entry in the genre, and is pretty entertaining.

Summing up: A trite tale, poorly written and acted, not worth your time and a vehicle certainly unworthy of Miss Foch's talent.

Nina Foch-who I mainly remember from An American in Paris-is quite compelling as the title character as she tries to keep people outside of her gypsy family from finding out about her secret.

" This was a poorly acted, cliché- ridden (which was unfortunate, and I'll expand upon that in a moment) and completely atmosphere free film whose basic redeeming quality is that it's very short and therefore doesn't waste too much of your time.

What he did have was imagination and flair -qualities lacking in this trudge through cliche after cliche Badly acted and directed and made by people with no feel or enthusiasm for the horror genreAvoid.

Don't waste your time with this flick.

Scenes featuring three magnetic actresses lift The Cry of the Werewolf to a brief but intriguing glimpse of an occult matriarchy and sisterhood who renounce men for lycanthropy.

*"Adamson and Sons Undertakers" is, in its front rooms, a facsimile of a mid-20th-century funeral parlor, complete with drab furniture, cheap drapes, and recorded organ music playing in the background.

Neither was used to create much atmosphere, though, and both are admittedly part of the cliché-ridden part of the story.

Now if you ignore the fact that this film bears NO RESEMBLANCE to prior wolf-man films like WEREWOLF OF London (1935) and WOLF MAN (1941), then perhaps you'll find this film enjoyable.

There's a lot of back-and-forth over what is going on and that is rather entertaining.

After five minutes I had to pause this film so that I could pass out candy and I must say that this was a lot more fun (and scary) than watching this film, which is incredibly dull and it's quite shocking that this would come from a major studio.

Dull, badly acted werewolf tale from Columbia is a real yawner...

Suspenseful and mysterious, COTW is also very entertaining.

Entertaining B movie that I'm surprised has such a low score and reputation here.