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Assignment Terror (1970)
"Los monstruos del terror" (original title)

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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 »

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Dr. Odo Warnoff
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Maleva Kerstein
Craig Hill ...
Inspector Tobermann
Patty Shepard ...
Ilsa (as Patty Sheppard)
Ángel del Pozo ...
Dr. Kerian (as Angel del Pozo)
Paul Naschy ...
Waldemar Daninsky (as Paul Naschi)
Manuel de Blas ...
Count Janos de Mialhoff
Peter Damon
Ferdinando Murolo ...
Diana Sorel
Gene Reyes ...
Tao-Tet (The Mummy)
Luciano Tacconi
Ella Gessler
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Dr. Don Uno
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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 re-animate various earth monsters, including the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky, Frankenstein's monster (both played by Jacinto Molina), the mummy Tao-Tet, and the vampire Count de Meirhoff. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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US distributor Samuel M.Sherman chose "La Marca del Hombre Lobo" for his pre-booked 'Frankenstein' title, passing on the opportunity to showcase this film, which actually features a 'Frankenstein' monster. He also believed that this film's European distributor ripped off his Al Adamson title "Dracula vs. Frankenstein." See more »

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Monster mix in Universal Picture style written and played by the Spanish legend Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina
27 May 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

An alien (Michael Rennie's final film) schemes to conquer earth bringing a doctor (Karin Dor) and a surgeon (Angel del Pozo) back to life . The alien from a dying world uses his knowledge to re-animate various earth monsters . Later on , the trio goes to the ¨chamber of horrors Showside¨ containing the skeleton of count Meirhoff (Manuel De Blas who married the co-protagonist Patty Shepard , recently deceased) , Dracula-like , and he then relives . The doctor alien tries scientific experiments to bring life various monsters but results that their bad habits to emerge , including the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (Jacinto Molina or Paul Naschy), Frankenstein's monster , the mummy Tao-Tet , and the vampire Count De Meirhoff . Meantime , a Police Inspector named Tobermann (Craig Hill) is investigating the strange deeds . While, Waldemar falls in love and the events get worse .

This is a humdrum adaptation based on Universal monster movies from a story and screenplay by Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina Alvarez . As always , Naschy repeats his classic role , here the third performance as Waldemar Daninsky, and the only one that the character was a supporting role , the fourth would be the successful "Night of Walpurgis" . It's a particular version from ¨House of Frankestein¨ in which a doctor tries scientific experiments to be born and cure various Universal monsters as Dracula(John Carradine) , hunchback (J.Carroll Naish) , werewolf called Larry Talbot(Lon Chaney) , monster Frankestein( Glen Strange) , among others . ¨Monstruos de terror¨ is an atmospheric , slick terror film , an amusing monsters mixture , creaky at times but it's still acceptable . Fim displays passable set design , ambitious screenplay with too many monsters and average interpretations of all casting . This is a pretty entertaining European horror movie though packs absurd situations and cheesy frames . US distributor Samuel M.Sherman chose "The mark of the Wolfman" for his pre-booked 'Frankenstein' title, passing on the opportunity to showcase this film, which actually features a 'Frankenstein' monster ; he also believed that this film's European distributor ripped off his Al Adamson title "Dracula vs. Frankenstein." Little budget film though produced by Jaime Prades who was associated to Samuel Bronston , both of them financing blockbusters as ¨El Cid¨ and ¨The fall of the Roman empire¨. ¨Monsters of terror¨ is an atmospheric as well as eerie movie that contains bemusing scenes when appear the various monsters and take place their confrontations each other in some ridiculously made scenes , including primitive special effects . The picture has numerous "older technique" FX such as transparency , ancient computers fulls of buttons and lights , matte paintings, blood similar to tomato , reverse-footage , excessive make-up ; all of them were made by FX expert Antonio Molina and make-up artist Ramon Ferrer . It's a slight fun with professional make-up , naive special effects , appropriate set decoration and functional art direction . You will watch it and think it is either awful , hilarious, a masterpiece, or all three . It's a simple entertainment with embarrassing images , naive special effects , campy production design and evocative setting . Although critics do not appreciate much this picture ; however has a kind of loopy , Ed Wood quality that must be endured to be totally considered . The fable is sometimes silly and laughable , though a few Naif effects and action are professionally made . Some illogical parts in the argument are more than compensated for the excitement provided by the monsters appearance though some scenes are a little bit cheesy . Thrilling and frightening musical score by Franco Salinas . Colorful cinematography by Godofredo Pacheco , but being necessary an urgent remastering and filmed on location in Casa Campo, Madrid, San Martín Valdeiglesias, Madrid, Ermita San Frutos hermitage, Sepúlveda, Segovia and Munich, Bavaria, Germany . While not a hit during its original run, the film became a limited success when reissued many years later considered to be one of the best worst terror films of cinema history .

The Argentinian , nationalized Spanish writer/filmmaker Tulio Demicheli so consistently mixed the good with the mediocre that it became quite impossible to know what to expect from him next . He directed Gazpacho Western as ¨Tequila¨, ¨Arriba Sabata¨ and ¨Man and a colt ¨ . Demicheli had a long , prolific career , working from the 40s , he directed all kind of genres as drama as ¨Herida Luminosa¨ , Thriller as ¨Ricco¨ , adventures as ¨Son of Captain Blood¨, ¨First adventure¨ , Spy sub-genre as ¨¨Il Nostro Agente a Casablanca¨, ¨Dirty game in Panama¨ , ¨Misión Lisboa¨ , Giallo as ¨Coartada en Disco Rojo or Two faces or fear¨ and Horror as ¨Monstruos De Terror or Assignment Terror" ¨


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