Retro Review: She-Wolf of London (1946)

Going back, way back 70 years.  Universal Horror movies were a breakthrough for the genre.  We all know the classics, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Wolf Man.  With the success of these movies, Universal produced sequels and monster team-ups.  She-wolf of London, it is not a sequel to anything, not even a spin-off.  The title alone got my brain spinning, thinking, “wow, Universal has done it again, a lead character, monster that is a female.”

She-Wolf of London is set in early 20th-century London, a woman tells her niece that their family has the blood of werewolf in her veins and that she is reason for a series murders that are plaguing London recently. She is really upset and immediately breaks off her engagement, but her fiance begins to investigate.

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In trying to figure out a good thing to say about the movie.  It was filmed rather well and the setting was pretty nice.  The movie is slow and…boring.  I had a little glimmer of hope, but there is no action, nor excitement.  The name of the film is most deceptive as, there is no “she-wolf”.  It mostly deals with rumors about and the psychological fear of a werewolf and a curse of an entire family.  Which I like the idea of a cursed family.  In a way it could have been a smart movie, but the story was more fit for a TV show.  The running time was on 61 minutes.

The She-Wolf of London would have worked will more as a Twilight Zone episode or something to that effect.  I think something like this could be remade now and better.  I expected more from this, I expected to see a stronger female lead and what I got was a short, pretty much boring movie.  I do not suggest it at all, it is a shame Universal put in in the Wolf Man Legacy Collection.  Like I said, not a sequel, not a spin-off, it is the single serving movie.  Check it out if you must, I picked it up at Walmart as a part of two-pack with Werewolf of London for $7.  I will do a review of Werewolf in London sometime in the future, but if you want a good Werewolf movie in London…An American Werewolf in London is the only way to go.

IMDB.com has a rating of 5.2, sure.

I gave it a slightly lower score, there was no thrill or dread. 4.6

The trailer is fun.

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I am a lifelong horror fan. I have written for a few web sites, Kung-Fu Comrades, Nightfall Unlimited and Rage of Rayzor. Freddy's Revenge was the first Horror Film I watched, I was 5. When my mom found out I liked horror films, she began challenging me. Soon to follow were the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dawn of the Dead. Horror is in my blood, I want to share that with you...my blood...horror. I write unpublished comics. Lifelong dream is to write comics for a major comic book publisher or build my own comic book company.