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1985 (USA) See more »
An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, who was executed several hundred years previously for murdering young woman and bathing in their blood. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Paul Naschy ... Waldemar Daninsky / Werewolf
Julia Saly ... Countess Elisabeth Bathory
Silvia Aguilar ... Erika
Azucena Hernández ... Karen (as Azucena Hernandez)
Beatriz Elorrieta ... Mircaya
Rafael Hernández ... Second graverobber (as Rafael Hernandez)
Pepe Ruiz ... Second thief
Ricardo Palacios ... First graverobber
Tito García ... First thief (as Tito Garcia)
David Rocha ... Young bandit
Charly Bravo
Luis Barboo ... Bandit
José Riesgo (as Jose Riesgo)
Manuel Pereiro
Ramón Centenero (as Ramon Centenero)
Alexia Loreto ... Victim in the stall besides her boyfriend
José Thelman (as Joseph Thelman)
Mauro Rivera
José Luis Baringo (as Jose L. Baringo)
José Cela (as Jose Cela)
Berto Navarro
José Luis Chinchilla (as Jose L. Chinchilla)
José Sacristán
Pilar Alcón ... Barbara (as Pilar Alcon)
Narciso Ibáñez Menta ... The professor (as Narciso Ibañez Menta)

Directed by
Paul Naschy  (as Jacinto Molina Alvarez)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Naschy  (as Jacinto Molina Alvarez)

Produced by
Modesto Pérez Redondo .... producer
Julia Saly .... producer
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa 
Film Editing by
Pedro del Rey 
Costume Design by
León Revuelta 
Makeup Department
Ángel Luis De Diego .... makeup artist
Special Effects by
Antonio Molina .... special effects

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Also Known As:
"El retorno del Hombre Lobo" - Spain (original title)
"The Night of the Werewolf" - International (English title)
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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The music playing during the opening and end titles is taken from Stelvio Cipriani's soundtrack for Tentacles (1977).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When vampire Erika is seducing Waldemar, the mirror above them is supposed to show no reflection. When he lifts his arms, they are not reflected at all, but the same arms. The mirror is a projection of the same scene taken without Erika in the shot.See more »
Karen:Waldemar, why don't we go for them in the monastery and try to destroy them?
Waldemar Daninsky:Only during the night of the Holy Moon will I have sufficient power to destroy her.
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Above average entry into the Homo-Lobo series, 5 July 2009
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I have to admit that I'm not a very big fan of Paul Naschy's "Homo-Lobo" series of films, and have disliked most of the ones I've seen. This one, however, was rather good. The film is set apart somewhat from the rest of the series because of the fact that lead star Paul Naschy also directed the film. The film was made in the early eighties; but Naschy retains the seventies feel of the previous films in the series and this one doesn't feel out of place with the rest of them, although the central character is slightly different as this time he originates from the middle ages. The film kicks off with a scene that sees Naschy's character Waldemar Daninsky and Countess Elizabeth Bathory, executed. We then fast forward a few hundred years and focus on a woman into black magic that wants to rejuvenate Elizabeth Bathory. However, upon reaching the resting place with her friends; she discovers Daninsky already awakened. She proceeds with her mission anyway, and ends up bringing the Countess (apparently a vampire) back to life.

The film could basically be summed up as 'werewolf vs vampires', as that is effectively what it turns into. I really do like Naschy's decision to feature the infamous Countess in the film; although he has been a bit liberal with the way she is used in the story. The style of the film is really great; the cinematography is interesting and the use of music is good; although slightly odd, it must be said. It does also have to be said that the film is more than just a little bit uneven; some of the set pieces are brilliant and really well worked, while other moments of the film are turgid and rather boring. The film also gets a bit sluggish towards the end and it seems like Naschy might have ran out of paper to write his script on as the final third contains hardly any dialogue. The werewolf effects are rather poor also; especially when you consider that An American Werewolf in London and The Howling were released in the same year. The film is slightly disappointing overall because with better handling it could have been really great...but even so, Night of the Werewolf is still worth a look.

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