The great inquisitor Ireneus Daninsky has Countess Bathory burned alive and her female followers hanged. Before perishing in the flames the countess puts a curse on Daninsky and his descendants. Four centuries later, Waldemar Daninsky accidentally shoots a gypsy while hunting a wolf. The angry gypsies, who knew of the curse, summon up the Satan and the beautiful Ilona is chosen to seduce the young lord. During a night of love, Ilona bites Waldemar who turns into a werewolf killing his preys on full moon nights. His murders are first attributed to a mad killer escaped from the asylum. Waldemar, who suspects the killer is none other than himself, falls in love with Kinga, the daughter of a professor from Budapest. When Maria, Kinga's jealous younger sister, manages to seduce Waldemar and sleep with him, she is killed by the young man, once again turned into a werewolf. Written by
Don't ask me why but I found myself watching yet another film in the series starring Paul Naschy as Daninsky the werewolf . If I'm pressed to say why I think there's a subconscious part of me trying to find out if there's a film as bad as that one as aliens try to take over humanity by using the Universal monsters so found myself watching this one known under various titles but probably best known CURSE OF THE DEVIL
I was pleasantly surprised by the production values . It had a crisp cinematography but the print I saw was of DVD quality value and that helps a lot and unlike other Daninsky movies this movie had an editor . Maybe not a very good one but he was efficient unlike that film about Dracula and Frankenstein . Even the dubbing if the dubbing is good and while it's noticeable at least the words match the actions of the casts mouths
The narrative is a change of pace . Some fans of the Daninsky series might find it slow and talkative but gives a background to the character totally lacking in the other films I've seen but that's the problem if you watch a franchise out of order . The story itself , Satanists putting a curse on their executioner is very Hammeresque and the production values and feel of the movie - save for some full front female nudity - very much resembles that of Hammer films of the period
I can't say CURSE OF THE DEVIL is a great movie but for what it is a , European trash horror movie , it works well enough and I might give the Daninsky films another chance
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