Werewolf Shadow (1971)

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Movie Review
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 Werewolf vs Vampire Woman

AKA Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman
{La Noche de Walpurgis}

Directed By: León Klimovsky

Starring: Paul Naschy, Gaby Fuchs, Barbara Capell, Andres Resino, Yelena Samarina, Jose Marco, Patty Shepard

Subgenre: Gothic, Werewolves, Vampires

Synopsis: Waldemar Daninsky tries to protect two young beauties from a vampires that they accidentally brought back to life, while also trying to keep his own secret hidden.

Thoughts: I can’t get enough of Paul Naschy.  His passion for the genre couldn’t more evident and his movies are clearly influenced by the Universal Classics.  Werewolf Shadow, also known as Werewolf vs Vampire Woman is a great example of this, bringing werewolves, vampires and undead to the screen in a classic battle reminiscent of such films as House of Frankenstein or Frankenstein vs the Wolfman.

Naschy plays his most memorable character in Waldemar Daninsky, the cursed nobleman that turns into a werewolf.  Naschy actually holds the cinematic record for appearing as a werewolf 12 times.  Although the character is the same in several movies, there isn’t much, if any, chronology to the movies.  You can really pick up any of them and start there.

A typical Naschy flick has two things; an over the top performance by Naschy, especially when he is full Werewolf mode and plenty of buxom European beauties looking to shed their clothes at the drop of a cue.  Both are delivered in Werewolf Shadow in spades.

Director Leon Klimovsky is no stranger to the Spanish horror scene of the 70s, or to Paul Naschy.  He directed Naschy in 8 movies and also directed such classics as The Dracula Saga and The Vampires’ Night Orgy.  The Italians may get all the press for their contributions the horror genre, but Spain has some really great stuff as well.

Werewolf Shadow is a good place to start if you are new to Naschy and it is one of my favorites of his.  Fans of classic horror need to check out Naschy’s work and rejoice in the goodness!

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