1946 / Director. Jean Yarbrough.
SHE-WOLF OF LONDON is something of an oddity. The title suggests that it's a sequel to the 1935 film WEREWOLF OF LONDON and Universal Pictures have even included it in their Wolfman Legacy collection. Needless to say it bares no relation to any other film and given that almost 70 years have past, it's no huge spoiler to reveal that there is NO werewolf whatsoever in this story. A series of murders occur in a park nearby to a manor occupied by four women. One of those is young Phyllis who believes she is responsible. Her family's history includes a centuries old pagan curse, which tells of her bloodline being connected with wolves. Phyllis thinks she has the curse and the film is told as a murder mystery, rather than a horror. I would love to have been around and seen the reaction when this was released because it's marketing was hugely misleading. Unsuspecting audiences expected shock and horror and got something entirely different. It's not a bad film by any means but it does lack the quality and atmosphere of earlier Universal monster movies. With a short running time of 58 minutes and an incredibly simplistic script, it also lacks the charm which made those movies so wonderful. It's more of less a cash-cow movie upon it's release it was originally screened as part of a double feature with THE CAT CREEPS. I'm a sucker for classic monster movies and this fails to deliver as one of them - but it does succeed in a Hitchcockian thriller sense. I've seen it a few times and it's proven to be a nice nostalgic way to pass an hour.