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1985 (USA) See more »
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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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Cast

  (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)
 
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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
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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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Countess Elisabeth Bathory:From now on, you will be my faithful servant, and soon your master will be my slave.See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
This is "the werewolf vs the vampire woman" # 2 ..., 16 August 2005
Author: Noel (Teknofobe70) from Bromsgrove, England

Ah, the first Daninsky movie of the eighties ... here I refer to Midnight Video's version entitled "Night of the Werewolf", which is pretty good quality but has annoying non-removable subtitles.

When a movie opens with a bunch of satanists being sentenced to gruesome deaths including buried alive, tortured, hanged, beheaded, and so forth ... you know you must be in for good, clean B-movie horror. The chief witch in question of course swears a terrible revenge (haven't we already been here in Molina's "Curse of the Devil"?), and among the condemned is the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky himself, sporting a rather stylish beard. He gets off comparatively lightly, being made to wear an iron mask and having a silver dagger driven through his heart. Centuries later, an evil witch finds a medallion in order to resurrect the ancient chief witch, and as fate would have it a couple of grave-robbers remove the dagger of Daninsky's heart at exactly the same moment. Time for a "Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman" rematch ...

Jacinto Molina opted to direct this one himself, as well as the two other Daninsky movies made in the eighties. This means he has more control over the project than ever before, and contrary to what some say, I think he's actually a very good director. Probably the best ever to direct a Daninsky movie, anyway, and obviously he can capture his own artistic vision like nobody else could. This is probably why it feels more conventional and competent than most movies in the series. The sets are great, the special effects are good for it's time and the whole movie has a fantastic atmosphere to it. There is more gratuitous nudity and gore than in most Daninsky movies, and I'm surprised it hasn't been a bigger hit with fans of the genre. There are certainly enough werewolves, witches, vampires, zombies and horrible sacrifices to keep them entertained! Maybe I'm going overboard with the praise, but if you've seen the earlier Daninsky movies, you'll know that in most ways this is pretty damn good comparatively. The dubbing is actually pretty good (although dubbing is always a crime, of course), and they've tried to make the dialogue as hip as possible. Man, I just love the eighties mentality. The soundtrack is also very cool. Okay, okay, so the storyline is pretty much the same predictable stuff all over again. And once again it has no real consistency with the previous movies. But that's why we love it! Obviously it's not an easy movie to watch, it's arguably slow and there's some particularly dark stuff going on even for a Daninsky movie. Daninsky himself is something of an anti-hero, saving maidens in distress but also allowing his wolf side to run around slaughtering innocents. The vampires are very creepy and unearthly, as Molina has always been good at knowing how to portray them.

"El Retorno del Hombre-Lobo", "The Craving", "Night of the Werewolf" ... call it what you like, this is my favourite Daninsky movie yet. It's "The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman" as it should have been, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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