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Edward Mannix (American dialogue)
Paul Naschy (story)
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May 1977 (USA) See more »
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Prepare yourself for the HORROR of PSYCHO! The TERROR of EXORCIST! See more »
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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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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
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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
CURSE OF THE DEVIL (Carlos Aured, 1973) *1/2, 8 March 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

This was my fifth entry from Paul Naschy's signature series of Waldemar Daninsky werewolf films – the others, with their respective ratings, were FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR (1968; **), THE FURY OF THE WOLFMAN (1970; BOMB), WEREWOLF SHADOW (1970; *1/2), NIGHT OF THE HOWLING BEAST (1975; **1/2) and THE CRAVING (1980; **1/2). As can be seen, they're a pretty mixed bag considering their reputation among horror-film fans; what's interesting in them is that, as opposed to Lon Chaney's Lawrence Talbot series for Universal (which were clearly the template for the later Spanish variant), Naschy/Daninsky gets cursed with lycanthropy all over again with each new entry – and the werewolf make-up is also different from one film to the other!

While I watched all the other films via ragged Public Domain – and, as far as I can recall, pan & scan – prints, CURSE OF THE DEVIL was culled from Anchor Bay's R1 DVD: however, this meant that the extra clarity and tidiness of the transfer also served to expose the film's budgetary limitations (particularly the fake gore) and slipshod technique all the more; the nail in the coffin, then, is supplied by listless dubbing and the ludicrous English dialogue (with a couple of sure-fire howlers – when the police report with news of an escaped lunatic to landowner Daninsky, he can only offer the deadpan remark "Sounds bad" and, later, during a village meeting concerning the brutal killings by the werewolf, the locals lash out at the police's inadequacy – causing the sole representative of the law, ridiculously outnumbered, to rebut this onslaught with the limp protestation "Look, man, I'm all alone here!"). One of the more risible moments occurs towards the end during the showdown between the werewolf and the Chief of Police: since the latter starts throwing stones at the former, rather than physically attack him as is his fashion, Daninsky chooses to lift a huge rock and smash his face in with it!

Anyway, the plot starts off with Naschy as a zealous medieval knight who despatches a Satanic cult: a witch subsequently curses him as she's being burned at the stake; the scene then relocates to a few centuries later, where the latest Daninsky lord shoots a gypsy werewolf while hunting: the latter turns out to have been a descendant of his ancestor's enemies and a young woman is thereby commissioned, after having cavorted with the devil during an invocation, to give Naschy the mark of the wolfman. The second half of the narrative sees our hero befriend a couple of young sisters – one loves him (and is finally instructed on how to kill a werewolf by Naschy's long-suffering old servant-woman), while the other is a nymphomaniac (whom he kills when transformed, as he also does the girls' parents!).

There's little more to say except that the film is eminently watchable in a naïve sort of way – but it's certainly not of the quality that the "Euro-Cult" stable could deliver at its best…

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