I think this is the first Hammer I have come across in this campaign of madness that does not feature one of hammers golden boys. We have no Cushing or Lee, instead we have Reed.
The story is a nice version of the werewolf legend with a quite slick “demonic possession” explanation. The first act is an excellently narrated story about a beggar that is imprisoned by a cruel Marquis. It becomes noticeably weaker once we enter the narrative properly and follow Oliver Reeds life as a potential werewolf. Unlike tradition lore this werewolf always has the potential to erupt but is far more likely too at the full moon. Negative emotions cause it and happiness supresses it.
Of note is the odd approach of absolute knowledge. We know what has happened, we know that Reed is a werewolf and so do several other people within the story. The story is therefore rather linear and doesnot really hold any surprises.
A nice story and lavish but quickly becoming very simplistic even by Hammers standards, worth a look but don’t set aside time for it!.
RENT OR BUY