A thread dedicated to the prolific Spanish actor, writer, producer, director. Aka: Jacinto Molina Alvarez.
I’m a big fan of Paul and I’m about to finally watch the Shout Factory Blu-ray boxsets of his that I bought. So I thought, ‘I know I’ll set up a thread’, so I can review them as I go along, that’ll go down a treat on the forum.
For those of you that have never heard of him, Paul’s like Spain’s answer to Lon Chaney. He often starred as a character called Waldemar Daninsky in his films (a character haunted by the mark of the werewolf), but portrayed everything from Dracula to The Mummy to Frankenstein’s Monster, often all in the same film.
His films feature black magic, monsters, gore, action, T&A, flared trousers, castles, lots of 1970s Euro-totty and Paul, in a wig. He made everything you’d ever want to see - crime movies, horror movies, action movies, murder-mysteries, giallos etc etc.. Paul’s terrific. There must be more fans of his movies on here? If not, then prepare to be converted
Okay, so I watched the first two Naschy movies in my Blu Ray collections last night..
First up Night of the Werewolf (1981).
Now before I write a brief review of NotW, I have to say that I am a big fan of this movie, and therefore whether or not my comments can be trusted by a casual viewer is open to debate.
This one begins in medieval Hungary, with Elizabeth Bathory being sentenced to death for her horrific crimes and blasphemous behaviour. Some of her cohorts are beheaded, burnt or hung, while the polish nobleman, Waldemar Daninsky - an alleged werewolf, is executed by having a silver cross hammered into his heart. Cue - roll credits to funky Euro-pop disco score
So the movie flashes forward to modern day, as two young anthropology students take it upon themselves to spend their holidays looking for the tomb of Elizabeth Bathory. The two female students are aided by Erika, a woman who pretends to be helping them but who in fact is evil and who's mind has been corrupted by Bathory from beyond the grave. Meanwhile, two grave-robbers break into Waldemar's sarcophagus and take the holy cross dagger from his desiccated remains......... BIG MISTAKE! Resulting in Daninsky's resurrection.
So the girls eventually find the castle and meet Naschy (who's done the place up a bit), and Erika kills one of the students and brings back the vampire Bathory. Who then tries to get poor Waldemar the werewolf under her spell, so that she might invoke Satan and bring back a new epoch of evil...
In my opinion, in 1981 they made three brilliant werewolf movies, and this is the one no one ever talks about. It's a superb film. Creepy, gothic, gory, sexy, it's got it all. There's an undead zombie knight, a vampire queen, black magic, a werewolf, bandits, vampire chicks, a castle freak etc etc it's just ace, with Naschy throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the audience, in this quasi-remake of his very own Werewolf's Shadow. Loads of naked vampire sluts covered in blood attacking people, vampires fighting a werewolf, it's just so cool. Naschy strutting around in tight pants and a frilled shirt one minute - as the anguished medallion man, brooding over his werewolf curse; the next a slavering beast, tearing the throats from anyone unlucky enough to be in the countryside which adjoins the castle. The woods and crypts haunted by Bathory's lascivious, bloodsucking vampire girls, who wear see-through nighties and glide through misty, moonlit scenery like they are in a rock video. In fact there are a number of spectacularly arty set pieces in this one and a very ethereal dream like vibe, so it's not all Captain Wolfman and the Teen Angels. The end is a showdown between Naschy's werewolf and vampire bad girl Bathory, who uses telekinesis to throw coffins at him.
5/5 Given the right viewer, this film is fabulous. Not to be missed.
In this movie Naschy plays some badass soldier of fortune mercenary dude, that rips off the Yakuza and steals their diamonds. In retaliation the Yakuza try to gun down Naschy, but their plans for revenge are thwarted when he is found and saved by a young woman in the woods. However when he awakes he finds himself recuperating and bandaged up, in a mysterious house where things aren't quite what they seem...
A tale of lust, greed, revenge and cannibalism. With a ghost and some man eating pigs thrown in for good measure. At times this really wants to be a Yakuza action thriller, wait, now it wants to be a mystery, no wait a minute, now it wants to be a satire, no hang on, a horror, dammit now that Japanese bird's back for revenge again. Oh to hell with it... I give up.
Generally it's entertaining throughout but it definitely suffers from a multiple personality disorder, this one. Fun though.
3/5 Not his best movie, certainly not as good as say Death of a Hoodlum (1975), but still entertaining.