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Edward Mannix (American dialogue)
Paul Naschy (story)
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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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  (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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Waldemar Daninsky - How It All Began, 29 July 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

"El Retorno De Walpurgis" aka. "Curse Of The Devil" of 1973 is already the seventh film in which Spanish Horror/Exploitation legend Paul Naschy plays Werewolf Waldemar Daninski. These Waldemar Daninski films (many of them carry an "Hombre Lobo" title) are not exactly connected with each other (some of them play in the past, some in the present), but they all revolve around Waldemar Daninski, a usually kind-hearted man who is turned into a Werewolf by a curse. Unlike the title might make believe "El Retorno De Walpurgis" is not a direct sequel to the foregoing "La Noche De Walpurgis" (aka "The Werewolf Vs. Vampire Women") of 1971, the most famous of the Waldemar Daninski films. While "La Noche..." played in the present (1971), this film takes place in the past, presumably in the late 19th century. It is also not quite clear whether the Waldemar Daninski in this film is the same, or an ancestor of the other - he has quite the same traits of character, however.

In medieval times knight Irenius Daninski (Paul Naschy) rid the world of a coven of devil-worshipers when he killed their leader in battle, and had his witch wife burned and their followers hanged. Before being burned at the stake however, the devil-worshiping lady put a curse on Daninski's family, vowing to be back for revenge... Several centuries later, the kind-hearted Waldemar Daninski (also Naschy) lives in the castle... More than its predecessors, "El Retorno De Walpurgis" gives a little background information about how the Daninsky-curse came to existence. The film is quite typical for a Naschy-flick. On the one hand the story is often extremely cheesy, but on the other hand it has moments of great style. As far as I am considered, a Naschy flick is always worth watching, as they mostly provide a great atmosphere, and practically always provide two elements that all my fellow Exploitation-enthusiasts should appreciate: Loads of sleaze and female nudity, as well as stylish (if sometimes cheesy) gory outbursts. And this is definitely the case with "El Retorno De Walpurgis". The film is filled with gore scenes, which are quite nicely done for a budget that was supposedly quite low, and all the female characters have exhibitionist tendencies, most memorably the stunningly beautiful Maritza Olivares and Fabiona Falcón. The fact that the werewolf-makeup is not exactly frightening does in no way lessen this film's cult-value. Low-budget Spanish Horror-exploitation from the 70s is a supremely entertaining kind of cinema, and Paul Naschy is its king. While this "Retorno De Walpurgis" may not be a must-see, it is definitely a highly entertaining film that my fellow Eurohorror buffs should enjoy! Paul Naschy Forever!

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