The 15 Essential Paul Naschy Films

by accattone74 | created - 07 Dec 2010 | updated - 16 May 2011 | Public

I think there are few people working in the genre who truly love horror as much as Naschy did; he also loved himself some naked women. At worst, Naschy's fims resemble Andy Milligan (Devil's Possessed & Fury of the Wolfman), and not in a good way; at their best (Night of the Werewolf & The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman) they have atmosphere, assurance, and a delight of the horrific equal to that of Bava, Rollin and Universal Horror - occasionally all at the same time. Naschy is most famous for portraying the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky in a series of 12 films, 5 of which are on this list. Perhaps unprecedented, Paul Naschy himself wrote most of the films he starred in, including every title herein (save for one). Naschy and his movies... we'll never see their like again.

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1. Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (1968)

GP | 78 min | Horror

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A man suffers from the curse of lyncanthropy and seeks out the aid of a German doctor and his wife who are experts in the occult. Unknowingly, the cursed man has summoned two vampires ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique López Eguiluz | Stars: Paul Naschy, Dyanik Zurakowska, Manuel Manzaneque, Aurora de Alba

Votes: 553

The first Waldemar film, and the kickstart of Spanish horror's Golden Age. Shot in 70mm. A wonderful homage to Universal Horror's heyday, but updated to the then modern times (Bava-esque lighting, garishness over Gothic). Naschy portrays a truly ferocious monster right out of the gate, knocking down and chewing up everything in sight, stopping short of the film itself. Includes gypsies, vampires and witches. Very silly, but very, very fun.

2. Assignment Terror (1970)

87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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Aliens from a dying world plot to conquer earth by praying on man's superstitions. Bringing two dead scientists (Michael Rennie and Karin Dor) back to life, they use their knowledge to ... See full summary »

Directors: Tulio Demicheli, Hugo Fregonese, Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi, Eberhard Meichsner | Stars: Michael Rennie, Karin Dor, Craig Hill, Patty Shepard

Votes: 483

Yes, it's bad. But boy oh boy is it fun! Assignment Terror is House of Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Monster Bash Pinball all rolled into one! What I love about Naschy, aside from that barrel-chest of his, is that you know he probably daydreamed for years about how to fit every Universal Horror monster into a single film --- he almost succeeded.

3. The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (1971)

R | 82 min | Horror

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Elvira is travelling through the French countryside with her friend Genevieve, searching for the lost tomb of a medieval murderess and possible vampire, Countess Wandessa. They find a ... See full summary »

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Paul Naschy, Gaby Fuchs, Barbara Capell, Andrés Resino

Votes: 1,283

Arguably the greatest Spanish horror film. Many of the tropes of '70s Spanish horror started here, and are utilized for maximum enjoyment. Groovy score, groovy gore, groove chicks, and a wild and wooly performance by Naschy. If you enjoy this film then chances are you're game for the rest. The fifth in the Waldemar series. Also, if you're an auteurist, Klimovsky is considered the best of the Spanish horror directors.

4. Doctor Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo (1972)

96 min | Horror

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Paul Naschy returns as El Hombre Lobo for the sixth time as he searches for a cure to his full moon maddness by visiting the grandson of the infamous Dr. Jekyll. What ensues next is a ... See full summary »

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Paul Naschy, Shirley Corrigan, Jack Taylor, Mirta Miller

Votes: 410

Come on, it's Dr. Jekyll and The Wolfman. What else do you need?

5. Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror

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In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured | Stars: Paul Naschy, Emma Cohen, Víctor Barrera, Helga Liné

Votes: 961

A great highlight of Spanish horror. Naschy plays the vicious Alaric de Marnac to the hilt, and shares the screen with one of the great queens of Euro Horror, Helga Line.

6. Hunchback of the Morgue (1973)

R | 87 min | Horror

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Paul Naschy plays a hunchback with below average intelligence who works at the morgue. He is in love with a sickly girl who happens to be the only person who is kind to him. Each day he ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Aguirre | Stars: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Víctor Barrera, María Elena Arpón

Votes: 483

As the doomed and misbegotten Gotho, Naschy gives one of his finest performances (I actually think he's a decent actor - totally on par with Chaney Jr., Lugosi and Karloff). A wonderful film with a great pace, an interesting story, some outrageous gore, and real scares. But be warned, this film does contain a scene where real rats were burned alive.

7. La rebelión de las muertas (1973)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

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An Indian mystic uses magical chants to raise women from the dead, then sends them out to perform revenge killings for him.

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Paul Naschy, Romy, Mirta Miller, María Kosty

Votes: 561

It wasn't rare for Naschy to tackle multiple parts in a film (I can think of 6 instances off the bat), and his triple threat in Vengeance of the Zombies was one of his first attempts. A fun little film which concerns Satanism, zombie-assassins, evil Hindus, and lots of big tits, and not just Naschy's.

8. Count Dracula's Great Love (1973)

PG | 85 min | Horror

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Four women spend the night in an old deserted sanitarium on a mountain. They each in turn fall into the the evil hands of a doctor who forces them to suck each others blood and to whip ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Aguirre | Stars: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Haydée Politoff, Mirta Miller

Votes: 619

Though all prints pretty much suck, and Naschy's dubbed voice is one of the worst in his oeuvre, one can still make out a truly fine film underneath all the muck. Naschy had a very specific body type, being an ex-weightlifter, so it's great to see films where he didn't let his shorter, stockier physique get in the way of playing characters that are traditionally tall and/or gaunt (Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, The Mummy, Fu Manchu, Satan, a Hindu yogi). And a great little spin on the Dracula story this is, with an ending even I did not see coming. Rosanna Yanni, who was his co-star for three films, is simply fantastic as the lusty Senta. In fact, all four female co-stars really shine here.

9. A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975)

Not Rated | 85 min | Mystery, Thriller

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A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered as deviant. An ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim, is left on each body.

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Paul Naschy, Erika Blanc, Ángel Aranda, María Kosty

Votes: 262

10. Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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An ex-convict, troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured | Stars: Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo, Eva León

Votes: 545

11. The People Who Own the Dark (1976)

R | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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A group of rich businessmen and military officers who are partying in an old castle are spared when a nuclear war ravages the earth. When they venture out into the nearest town to search ... See full summary »

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Nadiuska, Alberto de Mendoza, Teresa Gimpera, Emiliano Redondo

Votes: 280

12. Night of the Howling Beast (1975)

R | 87 min | Adventure, Horror

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Waldemar, the renowned adventurer, joins an expedition to find the Yeti in the Himalayas. While hiking the mountains, he's captured by two cannibalistic demon nymphets guarding a remote ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Iglesias | Stars: Paul Naschy, Mercedes Molina, Silvia Solar, Gil Vidal

Votes: 438

13. The Beasts' Carnival (1980)

91 min | Horror, Crime

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A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Naschy | Stars: Paul Naschy, Eiko Nagashima, Lautaro Murúa, Silvia Aguilar

Votes: 214

A disturbing and disgusting film. I love it so.

14. Night of the Werewolf (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

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An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, who was executed several hundred years previously for murdering young woman and bathing in their blood.

Director: Paul Naschy | Stars: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar, Azucena Hernández

Votes: 564

A remake of The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman, and Naschy's personal favorite. Beautiful cinematography by Alejandro Ulloa, who was DP for Corbucci's Companeros, and did 2nd unit on Welles' best film, Chimes at Midnight.

15. Panic Beats (1983)

94 min | Horror

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The spirit of a deceased knight returns every 100 years to clean a house by graphically murdering the women who are making the life of his descendants unbearable.

Director: Paul Naschy | Stars: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Lola Gaos, Silvia Miró

Votes: 383