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50 scariest movies of all time

50) 'Werewolf of London' (1933)

It was this, and not the more famous "The Wolf Man," that was the first sound picture of note to showcase the dread disease of lycanthropy, as any loyal reader of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" could tell you. Some of those droolers would argue that it's a better picture than "The Wolf Man," too, and they wouldn't necessarily be wrong. Iconography aside, "Werewolf of London" has a strong story line, good atmosphere, energetic performances and man-into-beast transformation effects that were state-of-the-art for their time. Of course, their time was 1933, so it's still on the creaky side. But, still, this is a picture to warm the feral cockles of a classic horror lover's heart.

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