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Director:
Writers:
Edward Mannix (American dialogue)
Paul Naschy (story)
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Release Date:
May 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Prepare yourself for the HORROR of PSYCHO! The TERROR of EXORCIST! See more »
Plot:
A man whose ancestors executed a witch is turned into a werewolf by modern-day descendants of the executed witch. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nice atmosphere & setting, a bit slow See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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)
Sandalio Hernández (as Sandalio Hernandez)
Jorge Matamoros
Felicidad Nieto
Eduardo Bea

Directed by
Carlos Aured  (as Charles Aured in the Atlas Inernational version)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Mannix  American dialogue
Paul Naschy  story and screenplay (as Jacinto Molina)

Produced by
Ramiro Meléndez .... producer
Luis Méndez .... producer
 
Original Music by
Antón García Abril 
 
Cinematography by
Francisco Sánchez  (as Frank Sanchez in the Atlas Inernational version)
 
Film Editing by
María Luisa Soriano  (as Maruja Soriano; as Mary Sorine in the Atlas Inernational version)
 
Production Design by
Gumersindo Andrés 
 
Costume Design by
Antonio Muñoz 
 
Makeup Department
Fernando Florido .... special makeup effects artist (as Fred Florid in the Atlas Inernational version)
Dolores García Rey .... assistant makeup artist
Esther Gutiérrez .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Miguel Ángel Bermejo .... production manager
Julián Esteban .... production manager
 
Special Effects by
Pablo Pérez .... special effects (as Paul Percy in in the Atlas Inernational version)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francisco Bermejo Miranda .... assistant camera (as Francisco G. Miranda)
Laureano López .... still photographer
Félix Mirón .... second assistant camera
Alberto Vega .... intern camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Amalia Azcuaga .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Roberto Alcocera .... intern director
Consuelo Alfaya .... secretary
Ángel Parrondo .... production assistant
Juan M. Rogriguez .... production intern
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El retorno de Walpurgis" - Spain (original title)
"Return of the Werewolf" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"The Black Harvest of Countess Dracula" - USA (video title)
"The Return of Walpurgis" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
USA:73 min | Spain:81 min (original uncut version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in American Gigolo (1980)See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Nice atmosphere & setting, a bit slow, 9 August 2002
Author: vemod from USA

Actually, "a bit slow" is sort of a complement. European horror films from this era frequently cover the range from very slow to painfully slow. So a bit slow is acceptable, in my opinion.

I have only seen one other Paul Naschy film (an edited bad print of Werewolf Vs. the Vampire Women) so I can't really compare this film to his others.

Anchor Bay just released this film on DVD in widescreen with a nice looking and uncut print. I can definitely endorse the film in this version for fans of the genre. I am more familiar with British and Italian horror films, less so with Spanish ones. The quote on the DVD box from Video Watchdog hails this as one of the best Spanish horror films and I would say that sounds fair. The atmosphere and settings are both quite good and there is a fair bit of blood and gore, although don't expect it on the same level with a Romero zombie film or a cannibal film.

Worth noting is the framing of the film. Having only seen this widescreen version I would say that it is definitely worth waiting to see it in it's original aspect ratio as opposed to any pan & scan version. This is one of the better framed films I've seen of this type from this period. While it is definitely not Psycho or Touch of Evil (in my opinion, two of the best framed films I've ever seen) the compositions are very nice and I would complement the director and d.p. both for having a good eye.

In my opinion the dubbing for this film is better than average as well. Fans of foreign horror are likely familiar with frequently bad (and unintentionally funny) dubbing. While I would say that the original foreign language track with subtitles is ultimately the preferred set of circumstances, the dubbing job on this film is better than most, especially for a lower budget film such as this.

I would say that any fans of Paul Naschy who haven't seen this film should track it down right away. And any fans of Euro-horror should take a look as well.

The DVD is released under the title Curse of the Devil and based on that, the description I'd read of the film, and the opening minutes, I expected a sort of mix between Satan worshiping witches and the werewolf story. In reality, after the opening section, the bulk of the story is werewolf-related. The film has gone under other titles that give more focus to the werewolf story, which may well suit the bulk of the film better. However, don't let that turn you away from seeing the film.

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