The beauty of this film is not only in the charm of the time in which it was made, but the magnificence of the mythology which it created. The Werewolf myth we’ve come to know; told to us by Hollywood of the 1930s. Would have us believe that all that was needed to become such a creature, was to be bitten by one… and the involvement of the full moon. The liberties in which storytelling for entertainment, changed the rules of the belief of such a thing as a Werewolf, to the point where we who are not familiar with folk law, consider this the way of myth and ledgend.
What we have here in this film is pure entertainment of the horror genre, this film being something which may not be scary to the modern audience, this may seem very tame in blood and gore, and the tension may not be in the style we are accustom to when it comes to the creature. There is more of an atmosphere between the main group of characters of the human kind; Dr Glendon (Henry Hull) and wife Lisa Glendon (Valerie Hobson) who’s relationship seems to be one which is loving, but one which is tested by the situations of not only the Werewolf, but of Lisa’s friendship with Paul Ames (Lester Matthews), who at times is more interested in Lisa than Dr Glendon is, as Dr Glendon deals with the unusual situation of what is roaming around the streets of London.
Dr Yogami (Warner Oland) is a perfect character in that he is not a local, which adds to the tensions of the situation, as the locals, especially Dr. Glendon who must primarily, unwillingly deal with Dr Yogami. All the while, coming to terms with the unexplainable situation and the none believers, which of course we need for such a story to work.
The film does this in such a way that you can’t help but enjoy the playfulness of what seems light-hearted in the eyes of the modern viewer. Although we have moved on since the 1930s, there are many values, views and ways of life of those times which still mean as much today as they did then. From what we feel we can believe, what we think we know to be true and that which is beyond our comprehension.
The only downside to this film is the length, as it is only approximately and hour and ten minutes and therefore we do not get the chance to enjoy it for as long as I would have liked.