She-Wolf of London (1946)

She-Wolf of London (1946) movie poster

director Jean Yarbrough
viewed: 07/15/2016

She-Wolf of London loses points right off the bat for being a monster movie without a monster.  Part of the Universal Horror canon, it fits better with other random general horror films than with The Wolf Man (1941).  It’s a bait-and-switch that can only disappoint.

A young June Lockhart stars as Phyllis Allenby, a young heiress who thinks she’s a werewolf, killing folks in the London fog near her stately home.  You’d have to be half-blind to not realize at least halfway through that she’s being set up by her seemingly kind Aunt Martha (Sara Haden).  If you could even care, after waiting for the fuzzy-faced monster to show herself, you’re a different kind of film-goer than I am.

You know, knowing it’s not a monster movie might make it a decent little film, but it’s hard when you think you’re getting a werewolf when no werewolf exists.

It comes from Jean “The Devil Bat (1940), King of the Zombies (1941), House of Horrors (1946), The Brute Man (1946), Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)” Yarbrough and a Universal horror branch running low on ideas.

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