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Edward Mannix (American dialogue)
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May 1977 (USA) See more »
Prepare yourself for the HORROR of PSYCHO! The TERROR of EXORCIST! See more »
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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Acceptable follow-up with Paul Naschy re-taking his immortal character , the Polish Waldemar Daninsky See more (20 total) »


  (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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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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USA:73 min | Spain:81 min (original uncut version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Acceptable follow-up with Paul Naschy re-taking his immortal character , the Polish Waldemar Daninsky, 1 May 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Outing based on the mythic Wolfman Waldemar Daninsky always played by the great Paul Naschy . Acceptable entry about Werewolf with the unforgettable Waldemar Daninsky-Jacinto Molina , under pseudonym Paul Naschy . The king of Spanish terror cinema as immortal Wolfman Waldemar Daninsky in this passable entry . This time , once again Waldemar stricken by ancient curse that turns into Werewolf at the full moon . During Middle Age , a nasty inquisitor named Ireneus Daninsky (Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina) has Countess Bathory ( Maria Silva and in ¨The night of Walpurgis¨ played by Patty Shepard) burned alive on a pole and her women followers hanged . Before dieing in the flames the countess puts a curse on Daninsky and his descendants . Things happen that have never been seen by human beings, the blood flows like vintage wine . Four centuries later, Waldemar Daninsky accidentally shoots a gypsy while chasing a wolf. The angry gypsies, who knew of the curse, summon up the Satan and the gorgeous Ilona (Ines Morales) 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. Waldemar whose ancestors executed a witch is turned into a werewolf by modern-day descendants of the executed witch. His murders are first attributed to a mad killer escaped from the asylum . Meantime a constable (Mariano Vidal Molina) is investigating the violent and ominous killings . Waldemar, who suspects the murderous is none other than himself, falls in love with Kinga (Falcon) , the daughter of a professor from Budapest who lives at a countryside house along with his wife and another daughter . While Waldemar goes on a murderous rampage every time the moon is full and unleashing his powers at night to terrorize innocents round abouts . When Maria (Maritza Olivares) , Kinga's jealous younger sister, manages to love Daninsky and sleep with him , but Waldemar , once again turned into a werewolf seeking vengeance .

Continental Europe's biggest horror star again with his classic character and horrifying to spectator . Jacinto Molina Aka Paul Naschy ,who recently passed away , was actor, screenwriter and director of various film about the personage based on fictitious character, the Polish count Waldemar Daninsky . The first entry about Waldemar was ¨The mark of the Wolfman (1967)¨ by Enrique Eguiluz , it was such a box office hit that Jacinto went on filming successive outings as ¨Night of Walpurgis¨, ¨Fury of the Wolfman¨ , ¨Doctor Jekill and the Wolfman¨ , and once again¨The return of the Walpurgis¨, ¨Howl of the devil¨. After ¨The craving¨ it was such a box office disaster that Jacinto was bankrupt. He was forced to turn to Japan for making artist documentaries, as he filmed 'Madrid Royal Palace and Museum of Prado' and he gets financing from Japanese producers for ¨The human beasts¨, the first co-production Spanish-Japan and followed ¨The beast and the magic sword(1982)¨ that is filmed in Japan and for the umpteenth time ¨Licantropo(1998) and finally even directed by Fred Olen Ray in ¨Tomb of the Werewolf(2004) with Michelle Bauer.

It's a B series entertainment with abundant sensationalistic scenes , gratuitous nudism and a Naif style and plenty of flaws and gaps . The movie has a bit of ridiculous gore with loads of blood similar to tomato and is occasionally an engaging horror movie full of attacks , curses, and several other things. This time Paul Nashy/Jacinto Molina exhibits little breast but he was a weightlifting champion. Here Waldemar takes on villagers , gypsies and a constable in some moving attack scenes. Pretty slow going, but hang in there for the nice make-up Daninsky turning into werewolf . In the film turns up usual actors from the 60s and 70s who starred as secondary cast many Spaghetti , horror , Gialli co-productions such as : Mariano Vidal Molina ,Jose Yepes , Eduardo Calvo and Maria Silva . Acceptable and atmospheric cinematography by Francisco Sanchez . Filmed in Toledo , Manzanares and Navacerrada, Madrid and Talamanca De Jarama, location in which were shot most part these horror movies. Eerie and creepy musical score by Anton Garcia Abril , saga's usual . The motion picture with Spanisth title ¨El Retorno de Walpurgis¨ has various international titles as Curse of the Devil" , "Return of the Werewolf" (informal literal title) "The Black Harvest of Countess Dracula" , "The Return of Walpurgis was written by Naschy and professionally directed by Carlos Aured , a slick craftsman who directed all kind of genres, especially Erotic and Terror for Paul Naschy as ¨Horror rises from tomb¨,¨Vengeance of the mummy¨ and , ¨Return of Walpurgis¨ . The picture will appeal to Paul Naschy fans and terror genre enthusiast

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