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Curse of the Devil (1973)
"El retorno de Walpurgis" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  May 1977 (USA)
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A man whose ancestors executed a witch is turned into a werewolf by modern-day descendants of the executed witch.

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(as Charles Aured in the Atlas Inernational version)

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(American dialogue), (story) (as Jacinto Molina)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Naschy ...
Waldemar Daninsky / Irineus Daninsky / Werewolf (as Paul Nashy in the Atlas International version)
Fabiola Falcón ...
Kinga Wilowa (as Fabiola Falcon; as Faye Falcon in the Atlas Inernational version)
Mariano Vidal Molina ...
Roulka (as Vidal Molina; as Vinc Molina in the Atlas Inernational version)
Maritza Olivares ...
Maria Wilowa (as May Oliver in the Atlas Inernational version)
José Manuel Martín ...
Bela (as Jose M. Martin; as Joe Martin in the Atlas Inernational version)
María Silva ...
Elizabeth Bathory (as Maria Silva)
Elsa Zabala ...
Gypsy Witch
Eduardo Calvo ...
Laszlo Wilowa
Ana Farra ...
Malitza
Fernando Sánchez Polack ...
Maurice, Waldemar's valet (as Fernando S. Polack)
Inés Morales ...
Ilona (as Ines Morales)
Santiago Rivero
Pilar Vela
José Yepes ...
(as Jose Yepes)
Ana Maria Rossie ...
(as Ana Mª Rossie)
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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 Guy Bellinger

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(Eastmancolor)

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And a Happy "Night of Walpurgis" to Y'all!
16 August 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Paul Naschy – the living and already legendary icon of Spanish exploitation cinema – once again suffers from overabundant body hair growth in this entertaining and very gory episode of the "Hombre-Lobo" cycle. These fun movies don't exactly follow each other, but they all star Naschy as Count Waldemar Daninsky; a noble and honorable man but with the misfortune of transforming into a bloodthirsty werewolf whenever the moon is full. In "Curse of the Devil", all the events revolve on the Night of Walpurgis. This holiday is kind of like Christmas but exclusively for witches, Satanists and everyone else who's up to no good. On this night, poor Waldemar is struck by a terrible curse that was placed upon him several centuries ago, when his Witchfinder-ancestor single-handedly wiped out an entire coven of devil worshipers and burnt their leader. Following a series of macabre events (a bizarre hunting accident, a bloody ritual performed by a sexy witch…), Waldemar becomes a werewolf and kills a lot of people (preferably gorgeous women) in the forest surrounding his land. This is not the type of movie you watch for its unbearable suspense or the masterfully written dialogues. It's a simple European exploitation effort from the 70's in which a lot of girls get fully naked and even more poor souls have their throats bit open. The gore is plentiful but never really shocking and the acting performances vary from bad to…very, very bad! Naschy's transformation into a werewolf is hilarious instead of creepy and the sub plot about an escaped murderous lunatic is just too implausible. Recommended…but only to Euro-horror fanatics and fans of Paul Naschy. PS: the indicated running time of 73 minutes must be taken from a severely cut version. The DVD I watched (Dutch release) runs 82 minutes and shows every butchering in great and tasteless details. Go for that one!


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