Curse of the Devil (1973)

Posted: August 12, 2012 in Movie Review
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Curse of the Devil (1973)
{El Retorno de Walpurgis}

Curse of the Devil

Directed By: Carlos Aured                                                                                 

Starring: Paul Naschy, Fabiola Falcon, Mariano Vidal Molina, Maritza Olivares, Ines Morales

Subgenre: Werewolves, Gothic Horror

Synopsis: Curse of the Devil tells the tale of a count that destroys a coven of Satan worshipping witches only to be cursed by one of those witches. The story then jumps ahead a few generations when one of the ancestor’s invokes the curse by inadvertently killing an ancestor of the witch.

Thoughts: First off, if you are a horror fan and if you don’t know who Paul Naschy is, do yourself a favor and check out some of his stuff. He is a Spanish born actor/writer/director with many horror films under his belt. His most well-known part is that of Waldemar Daninsky, a werewolf that he has played in 13 movies. Curse of the Devil is one of those movies.

Curse of the Devil follows a familiar formula when it comes to acting.  Paul Naschy does the heavy lifting and carries a large screen presence.  As he often is, Naschy is surrounded by beautiful women looking for reasons to disrobe at a moment’s notice.  Curse of the Devil and Naschy’s other films remind me a bit of 60s and 70s Hammer films. They use many of the same characters and themes and are great examples of gothic horror.

While I think that the werewolf makeup is well done, especially for its time, the various wounds suffered throughout the movie are laughable at times. There is one such death of a man in his cottage towards the ending of the movie that looks like he dipped his head in a vat of marinara sauce. If you can get past that, Curse of the Devil is a pretty enjoyable film. It isn’t Naschy’s best, but it is worth checking out for anyone interested in werewolf flicks or foreign horror.


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