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All the Monsters You Can Shake a Stick At
BloodTheTelepathicDog18 January 2010
Like many Euro-horrors, this film can be bought under a variety of different names. I picked this little gem up via for a couple bucks, under the title The Craving, and was not letdown.

The film opens with Paul Naschy getting staked in the heart with a silver cross while his cohort, Elizabeth Bathory (Julia Saly) is sent to death for witchcraft and murder. Fast-forward several centuries and we get three college girls trying to locate Bathroy's tomb while some grave robbers find Naschy's tomb and remove the silver cross in his heart. Of course, once the cross is removed, Naschy is able to terrorize the countryside as a werewolf again.

Paul takes up residence in a castle and offers lodging to the college girls while they search for the tomb. The ringleader of the girls, the ravishing Silvia Aguilar, has desires of her own: bringing Elizabeth Bathory back to life. Paul, who is a decent guy when not a werewolf, tries to thwart Silvia's plans while he falls for her friend Azucena Hernandez. But when Silvia resurrects Miss Bathory, all the fun begins.

STORY: $$$$ (We've see his premise before: lovely college girls searching for ruins and falling into evil and the manly clutches of Paul Naschy, but this doesn't detract from the entertainment value. Paul Naschy, who also directed this feature, spices up the genre with more baddies. We get werewolves, vampires and undead Goliaths here).

VIOLENCE: $$$ (While in full werewolf get-up, Paul gets to devour some poor folks. The vampire babes make a few attacks but they aren't as gory as the scenes with Naschy in face makeup).

ACTING: $$$$ (Paul Naschy is first rate here. He also shows a good hand for direction, creating some creepy images. His ladies are quite good as well. Julia Saly is terrific as Elizabeth Bathory and Azucena Hernandez is wonderful as the good girl that Naschy must keep safe from all the supernatural bumps in the night. Silvia Aguilar is the best of the lot as the twisted twist determined to bring evil back from the grave. Her menacing looks are cold and sensual at the same time, making her a perfect actress for this role of desirable vixen).

NUDITY: $$ (Paul kills a topless broad who was about to get naughty with her man in an abandoned castle. Also, Silvia Aguilar shows her amazing breasts when she washes them in a basin before heading off to bed).
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Growing up under Franco, Paul Naschy probably knew all about horror.
Lee Eisenberg24 December 2005
In "El Retorno del Hombre-Lobo" (called "The Craving" in English), Paul Naschy returns as his most famous character, werewolf Waldemar Daninsky. This time, he gets executed along with alleged vampire Countess Elizabeth Bathory (Julia Saly). But, as always seems to happen in horror flicks, they both get resurrected and go on a rampage. Specifically, they get resurrected by hot students Erika, Karen and Barbara. In fact, Daninsky turns against Bathory. You can probably guess what happens from there.

If you watch any of the DVDs of Paul Naschy's movies, the special features include an interview with him about his life. He talks some about growing up under Franco. One gets the feeling that he knew first-hand about horror, far more than a werewolf movie could portray. But no matter; this movie will surely please Naschy's fans.
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The Craving (1980) **1/2
MARIO GAUCI14 July 2005
THE CRAVING is possibly the most satisfying (if still flawed) Paul Naschy film I've watched so far: the fact that Waldemar Daninsky here originates from the Middle Ages gives the character a true mythic quality which is not possible with his usual modern-day persona; besides, his medieval 'wardrobe' (beard, coat-of-arms, crossbow and, briefly, an iron mask) is pretty cool - as is the vicious werewolf look which Naschy comes up with for this one, certainly the creepiest of his that I've seen...though, ironically enough, it doesn't see a lot of action (still, I guess, there's really so much can be done differently from one film to the next). The atmosphere (fog, candlelight, color gels) is really laid on thick here and the score, too, is pretty varied for this type of film (I even liked the rock theme heard during the opening and closing credits).

What prevents THE CRAVING from getting a *** rating from me, which would make it a solid and good picture, is a rather muddled storyline (though still the most interesting yet penned by Naschy): when the film opens, Waldemar is supposed to be Elizabeth Bathory's lieutenant but when they are revived centuries later, he is somehow hellbent on destroying her (and the army of women - there's a plethora of female characters here but, alas, very little nudity - which she manages to vampirize)!; the evil Erika, well-versed in the occult and who has no qualms about murdering her mentor, and later sacrifice her best friend in order to restore the vampire lady whom she idolizes, is set up initially as a quite formidable villain - even seducing Waldemar when a vampire - but her role gradually deteriorates to nothing, apparently so as to allow the Bathory character to take center-stage for the climactic duel between the werewolf and his arch-nemesis. Unfortunately, this sequence comes off as anti-climactic because one can hardly discern anything that's going on: either the print is too dark or it was simply filmed that way; however, the ending of this one is really bleak as Waldemar's love interest, already on her way to becoming a vampire, is infected with the curse of the werewolf as well(!) but she is quick to bring the house down in a conflagration which decimates the evil pervading the entire manor...
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Creepy meeting between Waldemar Daninsky and Countess Elisabeth Bathory who are brought to life from Middle Age
ma-cortes19 January 2011
Again Waldemar stricken by ancient curse that turn into Werewolf at the full moon. Middle Age, Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina) and a sorceress , the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory (Julia Saly ,usual producer of Molina films) are executed by the authorities for murdering young girls . At the Dark Age she pronounces a curse against their future heirs . Modern time , several hundred later , Daninsky is relived by two gravediggers (Rafael Hernandez , Ricardo Palacios). Then Waldemar continues a murderous rampage every time the moon is full . An evil young (Silvia Aguilar) brings back to life Elizabeth Bathory and going on bathing in young women's blood . Daninsky contacts a student (Azucena Hernandez) who falls in love with him and she tries to cure his Lycanthropy with love .

Acceptable Werewolf movie with the unforgettable Waldemar Daninsky-Jacinto Molina ,under pseudonym Paul Naschy . Continental Europe's biggest horror star again with his classic character and frightening to viewer . He returns as El Hombre Lobo for the umpteenth time and once again battles enemies . Jacinto Molina Aka Paul Naschy ,who recently passed away, was actor, screenwriter and director of various films about the personage based on fictitious character, the Polish count Waldemar Daninsky. The first film about Waldemar was ¨The mark of the Wolfman (1967)¨ by Enrique Eguiluz , after that , went on the successful ¨Night of Walpurgis¨ by Leon Klimovsky , ¨Fury of the Wolfman¨ , ¨Doctor Jekill and the Wolfman¨ ,¨The return of the Walpurgis¨, ¨Howl of the devil¨, ¨The beast and the magic sword(1982)¨ that was filmed in Japan and finally ¨Licantropo(1998).

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¨ that was lavishly produced for the Paul Naschy standards.

¨The night of the werewolf¨ or ¨ El Retorno del Hombre-Lobo¨ is a B series entertainment with abundant sensationalistic scenes and a Naif style . The movie has a bit of ridiculous gore with loads of blood similar to tomato and is occasionally an engaging horror movie full of slow-moving fights, witchery , beheading , and several other things . This time Paul Nashy/Jacinto Molina exhibits little breast but he was a weightlifting champion . Here Waldemar takes on vampires in some unforgettable fighting scenes . Pretty slow going, but hang in there for the Werewolf versus witches , vampires and spirits. In the film appears numerous secondary cast who starred innumerable films of Spaghetti and horror genres during the 60s and 70 as Ricardo Palacios, Tito Garcia ,Rafael Hernandez, Charly Bravo , Luis Barboo and another terror icon named Narciso Ibañez Menta ( Chicho Ibañez Serrador's father). Good cinematography by Alejandro Ulloa (Horror Express) is accompanied by a correct remastering. Eerie and atmospheric musical score with some sound ripped from ¨Ennio Morricone's One upon the time in the West¨ .The motion picture is professionally directed and played by Jacinto Molina , a slick craftsman and average actor . The flick will appeal to Paul Naschy fans and terror genre enthusiast. Rating : 6, passable and entertaining.
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Werewolf vs Vampire Women
Leroy Gomm12 May 2007
Warning: Spoilers
The Night Of The Werewolf aka El Retorno Del Hombre Lobo aka The Craving is a revamped update on Paul Naschy's original film, Werewolf vs Vampire Woman.

The film is a visual feast for Gothic horror fans. It's most memorable scene takes it's inspiration from the resurrection shown in Dracula Prince Of Darkness , while rendering it in a seductive if slightly misogynistic fashion. It's opening credit scene is reminiscent of Black Sunday, as an iron mask is used as a means of torture. And so it goes, until the climactic battle with Elizabeth Bathory herself.

Horror fans that have found their way into the world of Naschy's Waldamar Daninski already know that they have ventured so far into the genre that there is no turning back. You can throw plot and logic out the window, it's really not what matters here. The eccentric Daninski is a Wolf Man chick magnet displaced out of time who is in an eternal struggle with the blood Countess Bathory, the stuff of Warren's old Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella comic books genuinely realized on screen. While at times some scenes begin to slow with romantic interludes it never takes long for something interesting and horrific to happen.

Very much a throwback to 60's Gothic Euro and Hammer horrors, The Night of The Werewolf might still delight the more modern fan with it's pounds of flesh tearing, buckets of bloodletting, and it's sexy vixen vampires.
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Werewolves do not exist. They do not exist!
lastliberal24 July 2009
This is the 9th of 13 films in the Hombre Lobo series featuring the eternally cursed Waldemar Daninsky played by Paul Naschy. His work will soon be much more well known as Fangoria is releasing Werewolf, a brand new, fully painted series of graphic novels based on the film series and its title character.

Vampires versus werewolves. The vampire, Elisabeth Bathory (Julia Saly) controls the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) until they are executed in the 18th century. Two grave robbers (Ricardo Palacios & Rafael Hernández) remove the silver cross from Waldemar and he comes alive, free of the Countess.

Meanwhile, three women (Silvia Aguilar, Azucena Hernández & Pilar Alcón) are searching for the Countess' grave.

While Erika (Aguilar) and Barbara (Alcón) are preparing to revive the Countess, Karen (Hernández) is falling in love with Waldemar. He needs her to kill him to remove his curse.

Erika even sacrifices her friend in the ritual to gain power. Meanwhile, Waldemar is heavily snacking as it is a full moon.

The Countess even manges to use Waldemar's servant Mircalla (Beatriz Elorrieta) to attack him, but Karen is right there to save the day. Too bad, he wasn't there for her.

The next full moon brings forth the battle. Rock breaks scissors, and paper covers rock, and all is well.

Good acting, and a high quality DVD.
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Above average entry into the Homo-Lobo series
The_Void5 July 2009
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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This is "the werewolf vs the vampire woman" # 2 ...
Noel (Teknofobe70)16 August 2005
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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a good vampires vs. warewolves movie
lthseldy16 May 2003
I liked this movie, although I enjoy most of Paul Nashys movies anyway I found this one special. I starts at the beginning when Countess Bathory and Nashy who is accused as a warewolf are being executed only to be brought back to life 400 years later. I liked the switch with the vampire going after the warewolf and each being enemies instead of alies with eachother. I could do without the terrible love scenes of Nashy and his lady who falls in love with him only to be bitten by the vampire and bitten by Nashy. It's worth a look, but it's not a classic.
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Choppy editing and nonsensical translations only slightly dampen the proceedings.
kifaru26 September 2001
I love Paul Naschy's movies. At least his catalog of horror films. In these gems he has portrayed every classic monster (including Dracula), and never cheapened or belittled their impact on our culture. Because all of his films are Spanish productions, they all do suffer one common problem: They have to be dubbed into English to be distributed here. What's interesting is that most do translate well, and the onscreen action lends itself to understanding. Most of the time.

I first caught "El Retorno del Hombre-Lobo" late one summer evening after a trip to the video store. I was in search of B-movie excitement, and found it. The American title was "The Craving" and the box art and plot desription were amateurish at best. The movie teetered on the brink of being equally thin, but redeemed itself somewhat with the lead performances.

Naschy once again portrays Waldemar Daninski, Polish nobleman who, in this this universe, was consort to Countess Elizabeth Bathory (yes, that Countess Elizabeth Bathory). The Countess , Daninski and their followers are dragged before the local Federales and charged with the usual "unspeakable acts of depravity and witchcraft." Waldemar wimps out and accepts the judgement of the court, while the Countess hurls curses before they are all executed.

The slow pace doesn't let up. Waldemar's resurrection and subsequent full moon forays put a dent in the population and add some zest to the stagnant feel. Elizabeth's return is also a highlight, with old-school style thunder and lightning and appropriate symphonic music. Unfortunately, the excitement soon bogs down in tepid melodrama and acting class homework. The plot falls into way too familiar territory. Lead vamp resurrected; collects band of followers; menaces hero and his sweetie; comes close to actually taking sweetie away; is vanquished in knock down-drag out with hero. Slightly misogynistic overtones crop up throughout the movie: the women are evil, and that evil is the source of their power. Erica, one of the trio of hotties who come looking for Bathory's grave, is a devoted follower bent on bringing her back, while Karen, Daninski's love interest, is an ineffective crybaby. The other two women, Barbara and Mikaiya, are there for vampire fodder,and of course, end up assisting the evil. Although he nightly pillages the countryside, in gory Italian-Zombie-Flick fashion, Waldemar's affliction ain't his fault. Getting involved with the wrong woman led to his downfall. And when Karen is visited in the wee hours by Elizabeth, she gives in quite easily to the darkside (granted, this was probably an attempt by the creators to pay homage (read: rip off) Hammer's lesbian vamp movies).

This particular entry into the Daninski saga suffers from two very big problems: continuity and lighting. There were several scenes that left me going "Huh?", like the delivery of coffins in the dead of night by curious villagers. What? They just up and deliver to anybody, anytime? It was also curious that the werewolf's attacks caused so little concern, while the vampires feastings were worthy of a town elders powwow with Waldemar. The lighting was atrocious. Granted, electricity isn't too readily available in most of your Balkan countries, but still, eyestrain is not something you want viewers to leave your films with. That is, if you expect them to come back. The dubbing surprisingly didn't detract from the film; some of the translation actually fit in with the onscreen stuff.

A word about the actors. Paul Naschy/Jacinto Molina is very much Lon Chaney with a matinee idol's looks. He scripted most of these movies (and rewrote others during filming), but never cut out the other actors around him. His Waldemar Daninski is a real tragic hero, despising his condition, but so in love with life he can't put himself down. In all of the "Hombre-Lobo" flicks, no matter how he became a werewolf, he had to find and lose true love to stop the beast within. Julie Saly, who starred with Naschy in several other films, gets kudos for gracing Elizabeth with viciousness and charm. My one complaint is that she only turned up in scenes involving blood. That aside, another excellent performance. Silvia Aguilar is the real star as the conniving Erica, intent on reviving Elizabeth, and, even after being vampirized and ordered about by the Countess, taking control of several situations. The other ladies provide decoration, especially Azuncen Hernandez as the brainless Karen.

"The Craving" is an unbelievable mishmash of folklore, black magic and melodrama. But that's the beauty of these movies, I guess. Not only is belief suspended, but all forms of natural and unnatural law as well. Like the Hammer films of the 70's, each Daninski film was released in America with more and more gratuitous nudity. Most were, of course, filmed with nude scenes, and those were excised for distribution. Pretty much all retailers now offer "original and uncut" versions. I need to snag the uncut version of this one. If only to figure out why Bathory resurrected some moldy guardian that was so easily dispatched. Jeez! Why didn't you just get a dog?
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Not as bad as might at first appear
funkyfry15 October 2004
This is the type of movie where most audiences will just laugh at the film, especially in that it is mostly dated, but people who have seen some really bad movies of this type (like me) will realize that there are actually some good things here.

The lighting and photography are generally speaking very good. There are some good mist effects and lighting effects that use the smoke and colors to create a good spooky effect a la Mario Bava.

The makeup is also quite well done for its time.

The story is the usual cr*p about vampires coming back to life, but it's kind of interesting that they threw the werewolf into it and made him sort of the good guy.

Also a lot of decent gore here for fans of that type of thing.

All in all, a film that should amuse those looking for a "golden turkey" but will also delight those who appreciate good European horror.
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One of the best of Naschy's Waldemar Daninsky outings
jadavix31 January 2016
Three Euro babes are leaving Rome for Hungary, making the trek in hopes to discover the grave of the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

One of the women in particular has a keen interest in the dark arts, and believes she has the power to resurrect the dead countess.

But before the ancient sepulchre is discovered, none other than the hombre lobo himself, Waldemar Daninsky, a consort of Bathory's, introduces himself to the group of women.

The Craving, aka. Night of the Werewolf is certainly among the best of Naschy's films in which he plays Daninsky the lycanthrope. The movie is very well shot, scored, and is haunting and scary in places. It stumbles toward the end due to a few extraneous characters - grave robbers and thieves who don't serve much purpose - but besides that, it's a must see for Euro horror fans.

If you want more Naschy, don't miss Horror Rises From the Tomb. If you want more Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky, see The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman.
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Werewolf Meets Bathory
gavin694219 June 2017
An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory (Julia Saly), who was executed several hundred years previously for murdering young women and bathing in their blood.

This film was written by, directed by, and starring Paul Naschy. In the United States, the film was released theatrically and on VHS as "The Craving" in 1985, and more recently on DVD and Blu-ray as "Night of the Werewolf".

It is interesting how often Elizabeth Bathory has been portrayed in various horror films. This may be the only film in which she co-stars alongside a werewolf, however. And not just any werewolf, but one of the most famous wolves of all.
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A glorious slice of Gothic mayhem
Leofwine_draca13 November 2012
Paul Naschy's 1981 werewolf opus, NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF, is a glorious slice of Gothic mayhem. It feels like this was a real labour of love for the horror actor, who wrote and directed as well as taking the leading role; the entire film is full to the brim of the elements of classic horror fare, from the ruined castle locales to the graveyards, haunted woods and rotten skeletons. Then, of course, there's the fascination of seeing not one but two monstrous beasts wreaking carnage on the screen: Naschy's much-loved werebeast, Waldemar Daninsky, is up to his old tricks, while vampiric Countess Bathory is also back for good measure. It's a clear homage to those lovely monster mash-ups put out by Universal during the 1940s, so what's not to love?

Not a lot, as it turns out. NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF is right up my street; it's a film that exudes Gothic menace, is packed full of spectral imagery, and tells an interesting story at the same time. Naschy makes the most of his relatively low budget and small cast, drawing out character in admittedly limited time and space; the storyline might be entirely predictable, but it's never less than engaging. The film, which I had the pleasure to see on Blu-ray, has sumptuous colours and looks beautiful on regular occasions.

If I had any complaint, it would be that this film is an unacknowledged remake of the 1971 Naschy movie SHADOW OF THE WEREWOLF (aka WEREWOLF's SHADOW), right down to the inclusion of an undead zombie who seems to have wandered in from an Amando de Ossorio set. As is ever the case, the earlier film is the better one, but that doesn't stop NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF from being a great deal of fun, and a real treat for Naschy fans.
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Waldemar Daninsky and Countess Bathory, Vampirism and Black Magic... Oh My!
Witchfinder General 6665 September 2009
Though they probably can't be described as 'good' films as such, I love the 'Hombre Lobo' films with Spanish Horror legend Paul Naschy, of whom I am a big fan. Naschy, who has penned many of his films himself, has so far played Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky in thirteen films (between 1968 and 2004) and I sure hope that he will reprise the role in the future. "El Retorno Del Hombre-Lobo" aka. "Night of the Werewolf" (1981) is certainly one of the better entries to the series, which can be attributed to a creepy atmosphere, a fast pace, a cool score and the presence of two Horror-favorites: Waldemar Daninsky (of course), and Countess Elisabeth Bathory. The 16th century Hungarian Countess was sentenced as a sadistic serial murderer of girls in real-life, and has since been the villainess of dozens of Horror films including three of the Waldemar Daninsky films ("La Noche De Walpurgis" of 1971, "El Retorno De Walpurgis" of 1973 and this one).

This film also begins with the sentencing of Countess Bathory who has been tried for sorcery, devil-worshiping, murder and vampirism. The countess is sentenced to lifelong imprisonment, her servants are to be executed. Her henchman Waldemar Daninsky, whom she has bewitched into becoming a werewolf, has an iron mask nailed on his face and a dagger stabbed into his heart. Centuries later, three beautiful female University students travel to the Carpathian mountains to awake the Blood-Countess from the dead at her final resting place. Needless to say that Waldemar Daninsky has already been brought back to life by careless grave-robbers...

The storyline is more or less similar in all Waldemar Daninsky films, but it is always presented a little different and, at least in my humble opinion, with highly entertaining results. Naschy is awesome as always in this film, the female cast is yummy (though there is little nudity) and the style of the film is really cool. Julia Saly, who also was in a few other Naschy films including "Latidos De Panico" ("Panic Beats", 1983), as well as in "La Noche De Las Gaviotas" (1975, the Fourth and Last of the "Blind Dead" films), fits very well in the role of the evil countess. The cinematography is nicely done and the castle setting in the Carpathian mountains is creepy. The score is very good (though it sometimes seems a little out of place for a Gothic Horror film like this), at some points it was clearly inspired by the Harmonica-theme in Sergio Leone'S masterpiece "Once Upon a Time in the West". Overall, this is yet another creepy and vastly entertaining Waldemar Daninsky film. Paul Naschy simply has to be worshiped. May he live to 150 years and make at least thirteen more Hombre-Lobo films!
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* * * out of 4
Bleeding-Skull10 January 2008
Warning: Spoilers
Working on a project, university students Erika, (Silvia Aguilar) Karen, (Azucena Hernandez) and Barbara, (Pilar Alcon) head into the Hungarian mountains, looking for a special grave-site. Told of a special route to get to the castle where it's held, they luck upon it and decide to explore the area. Inside, they come across Waldemar Daninsky, (Paul Naschy) who nearly startles them but offers whatever hospitality in the castle they have. Realizing that he's a werewolf, their feelings are suddenly put to the test when the others discover that one of them has raised Countess Elizabeth Bathory, (Julia Saly) who Waldemar was a servant for, from the grave to take over the world. Using love as a prime force, they try to put a stop to it before they wind up enslaved in their clutches.

A Gothic masterpiece at a time when it wasn't fashionable, this one is a marvelously fun and enjoyable experience without a whole lot wrong. Highly recommended for Naschy fans, as well as those who enjoy the more Gothic sensibilities of films, while those who aren't foreign fanatics won't find much with this one.

Rated R for Graphic Violence, Nudity, Profanity and Mild Sexual Situations.
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Really impressive Euro-werewolf film
slayrrr6663 January 2008
Warning: Spoilers
"Night of the Werewolf" is one of the more entertaining entries in the series.


Working on a project, university students Erika, (Silvia Aguilar) Karen, (Azucena Hernandez) and Barbara, (Pilar Alcon) head into the Hungarian mountains, looking for a special grave-site. Told of a special route to get to the castle where it's held, they luck upon it and decide to explore the area. Inside, they come across Waldemar Daninsky, (Paul Naschy) who nearly startles them but offers whatever hospitality in the castle they have. Realizing that he's a werewolf, their feelings are suddenly put to the test when the others discover that one of them has raised Countess Elizabeth Bathory, (Julia Saly) who Waldemar was a servant for, from the grave to take over the world. Using love as a prime force, they try to put a stop to it before they wind up enslaved in their clutches.

The Good News: This here is a rather pleasing Gothic affair. The fact that this one takes place mostly inside a grand castle, filled with all the touch-marks of old-school Gothic gloriousness, is a great site and one of the film's biggest pluses. The ruining castle set looks fantastic, complete with the crumbling stone walls, a graveyard on-site, the catacombs entrance and supports over the cob-webbed filled ruins that are fully realized and quite believable. From there, the film gets even more Gothic with the insides. This one has plenty to go on, with the interior rooms, candle-lit locations and the other really big sets in here make this a real sight for the eyes, which allows the film a lot of really impressive scenery. The impressiveness extends over into other areas of the film, especially the individualistic scenes in here. The shot of the two vampires bursting through a door before two victims bathed in an eerie white back-glow is simply impressive, as is another shot of a victim being covered from head-to-toe in blood for a ceremonial black mass sacrifice ritual and a shot of the vampire and werewolf fighting on a precipice that nearly falls over several times. This one here has a generous helping of impressive scenes that get a lot better as it goes on. The film's best period is definitely in the end, where it engages in one long, lengthy well-paced fight between the main villains. The action is well-choreographed, making it look great and has plenty of spots that are just fantastic. The hurl onto the casket is especially note-worthy, there's plenty of grappling and a whole host more to enjoy about this particular sequence. That's so long and fun is part of the fun, and altogether this one of the highlights of the film and one of the main reasons to see this one by itself. The werewolf make-up doesn't seem that bad, looking like it actually covers the face a lot better than previous incarnations and getting rid of the ridiculous fangs that were too big to go back to a more traditional-style look that goes into the chest as well. The last big positive is the big body count. It's not huge, but it's got a lot more considering the small cast, and there's a couple of brutal ones as well. Nothing like the others, but still good enough. As it is, though, this is a great Gothic masterpiece.

The Bad News: There isn't a lot wrong with this one. The fact that it isn't as out-and-out gory and sleazy as the past incarnations, despite offering up plenty of opportunities to do so, is something that might cause irritation. During the course of the film, there's barely anything from these two elements which will come as a pretty big surprise. The amount of kills on display would've had some sort of blood in the proceedings, and being as graphic as the kills are, a little more at the least would've been fine, considering how the others were before it. Despite the high amount of scenes that required nude participants, that there's only a couple mild points here and there for only a few smatterings placed into several inconspicuous scenes that have a couple of little moments in them. This one misses out on opportunities to bump up the film, and is something to be missed out on. The only other problem is that, by dwelling so pertinently on the Gothic flavors, this one feels a little slow-paced, especially at the middle segments. The romance angle eats up some of it, especially with the longer time nearly making it unbearable. These here are the film's big flaws.

The Final Verdict: A Gothic masterpiece at a time when it wasn't fashionable, this one is a marvelously fun and enjoyable experience without a whole lot wrong. Highly recommended for Naschy fans, as well as those who enjoy the more Gothic sensibilities of films, while those who aren't foreign fanatics won't find much with this one.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Nudity, Language and a mild sex scene
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Night of the Werewolf
Scarecrow-8816 November 2007
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Centuries after Elizabeth Bathory(Julia Saly, quite effective and sinister)and her followers were put to death for their crimes of witchcraft, Satanism, and vampirism, a student of the occult, Erika(Silvia Aguilar), obsessed with her and the dark arts, will coerce two female friends, Karen(Azucena Hernández) & Barbara(Pilar Alcón)to join her on a vacationing expedition to the Carpathian Mountains to find the blood countess' crypt. Also being sentenced to death for unwillingly following Bathory's orders as a slave, El Hombre Lobo Waldemar Daninsky(Paul Naschy)receives an iron mask on his head and glimmering cross of silver plunged deep into his heart. In actuality, Daninsky was happy of being condemned to death for he wished the cursed lycanthropy and servitude to Bathory over..but as Bathory will be resurrected, two grave robbers remove the cross that gave him peace and rest, awakening El Hombre Lobo from the dead. Daninsky will make them pay for their bothering his rest as he once again rises to await the certain challenge of his vampire rival Bathory who is also awaken from her demise as Erika hypnotizes Barbara shedding her blood and giving the Countess life. But, to regain full power E Bathory will have to wait for the second full moon upon the astral convergence, but until then she'll seek to turn all the females around Daninsky, even making her resting place in a hidden room of his castle. Who will ultimately come out from the battle for supremacy..the werewolf or vampire countess?

Naschy as director removes his film from logical story-telling, and despite some tired material practically lifted from other Waldemar Daninsky werewolf tales, he directs with a very sure hand. There ambiance in abundance and his presentation of the vampire women is superb such as how large castle doors swing open with fog introducing them. The setting in and around the castle using natural locations has always been an asset in the El Hombre Lobo can count on some very effective use of cob-webbed crypts and rats thereabouts. There's one marvelous scene where Erika, now one of the undead, arriving to the room of Daninsky as he lays in bed, through a window as she attempts to seduce him before trying to take a bite. I thought all the scenes of E Bathory were successfully handled;she certainly looked the part. I do believe Naschy is able to build up the showdown between E Bathory and Daninsky well. By painting poor Daninsky in a corner as E Bathory even achieves to draw blood from his beloved Karen(the film has Daninsky and Karen falling in love), you feel all hope is lost for him. I can say this is probably as close as you can get to a successful werewolf film featuring Naschy's Waldemar Daninsky.

As far as werewolf transformations go, Naschy goes mostly old school using dissolves which is a cheaper way of translating his turn on screen. There's a scene where we see Daninsky go through the rigors and agony of attempting with all his might not to turn without success. There isn't any flesh ripping, although the werewolf attacks show Daninsky go for the jugular of various village folk who have the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I say the more effective moments are given to the vampires. Some erotic biting sequences show E Bathory closing lustfully towards her women victims as they give themselves over. I think E Bathory's fate at the end(also using dissolves effectively)is cool, as well. Oh, and there is one very inspired "blood bathing" scene, also.
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One Of Naschy's Finest
danthewrestlingmanorigin23 September 2007
Night Of The Werewolf aka Retorno del Hombre-Lobo is without a doubt a must see classic in the Spanish horror genre. One negative I must mention first is an odd score in one early scene in particular, but that is a very minor complaint. Night Of The Werewolf is an absolutely beautifully shot film, with an amazing Gothic atmosphere. The look cannot be praised enough, such stunning shots and sets. Paul Naschy is in top form here, and I recommend Night Of The Werewolf to horror enthusiasts not familiar with Naschy's work. And lets not forget the drop dead gorgeous actresses', who are easy on the eyes, and deliver in there performances. Definitely makes one think "she can bathe in my blood anytime" LOL. Highly recommended to fans of Naschy, and fans of the genre in general. Get the new remastered DVD, which at Best Buy is available in a two pack with another Naschy film Vengeance Of The Zombies. It looks amazing.
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Nothing new from Naschy.
BA_Harrison31 July 2012
The Night of the Werewolf was made in 1981, during the midst of the slasher craze, but actor/writer/director Paul Naschy was either unaware of or just didn't care much about the contemporary horror scene, because once again he happily camps it up as werewolf Waldemar Daninsky in this cheesy Euro-horror monster-mash that throws in every last creaky Gothic horror cliché imaginable.

In the film's 16th century prologue, sorcerer Countess Elisabeth Bathory (Julia Saly) is executed for witchcraft, along with her cousin Otava, her loyal followers, and werewolf slave Waldemar Daninsky. Cut to the present day and sexy scientist Erika (Silvia Aguilar), who is under the spell of Elisabeth Bathory's spirit, has arranged a trip with her equally beautiful boffin pals Karen and Barbara (Azucena Hernández and Pilar Alcón) to examine the recently discovered tomb of the evil countess; once there, she intends to use the blood of her friends to bring Bathory back from the dead. Daninsky, having recently been revived by grave-robbers and subsequently fallen in love with Karen, attempts to thwart Erika's plans...

If you're already familiar with Naschy's earlier Daninsky efforts, then you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from The Night of the Werewolf, which offers absolutely nothing that we haven't seen many times before from Spain's numero uno horror star: crumbling cobweb-covered, corpse-strewn castles; stormy nights; dusty rat infested dungeons; topless babes; vampire maidens; bad werewolf make-up; hammy acting from Naschy; old-school transformation effects; and cheapo gore. All present and correct!

I've never been a huge fan of Naschy's particular brand of Gothic horror, finding it all rather silly, and in this case, extremely 'old hat'—Hammer did it all so much better a decade or so earlier—but if the star's other werewolf movies happen to have tickled your fancy, I guess there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy this one too.
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The lack of cohesiveness dampers what could have been a worthwhile "Waldemar Daninsky" flick.
bfan8322 March 2009
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A young woman, who is a practicing Satanist sets out to unearth the tomb of Countess Bathory by sacrificing young, virginal women. Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) also used to be Countess Bathory's loyal servant when they were executed several hundred years earlier for their gruesome crimes. Waldemar is now on a mission to destroy Countess Bathory in order to prevent her from making him her slave, once again.

THE CRAVING, when it was released in the states was horribly butchered because of its violent content. Unfortunately, this was its biggest detriment. It barely made any sense, and was quite difficult to keep track of what was going on.

However, I must say the climatic battle between Daninsky and Bathory was quite exciting and hilarious to watch.

Any Paul Naschy fan should check out. Fortunately, it was re-released under its uncut form via BCI/Deimos a year or two back. Just please avoid the censored version. It's way too confusing,
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The Craving
Michael_Elliott26 February 2008
Night of the Werewolf (1981)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Countess Elizabeth Bathory (Julia Saly) and her servant Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) are put to death because of their connections to Satan. Flash-forward several hundred years and a grave robber pulls out the silver cross from Daninsky's heart, which brings him back to life as a werewolf. Soon the Countess also returns to life and before long they are battling.

NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF was the eighth (or seventh, depending on how you look at it) time that Naschy played his most famous role and it's also the first time he directed himself in the part. This here was released in America as THE CRAVING and it's a remake of Naschy's WEREWOLF SHADOW, which played in America as THE WEREWOLF VS THE VAMPIRE WOMAN. For the most part there are a lot of good things here but at the same time there's no question that this falls well short of the original film as well as several others in the series.

What I enjoyed the most about this film is obviously the werewolf. I thought the transformation scenes were good enough considering the budget they were working on and there's no question that the look of the werewolf is excellent. There are some really great an striking shots of the werewolf including one of the final ones with a ton of gore spewing out of its mouth. As you probably know, Naschy was an expert at playing Daninsky by this time and he turns in another fine performance. Saly is also very good in her role and there are plenty of beautiful women throughout.

With all of that said, there are certainly some flaws in the film including some of the direction. I never really thought that Naschy built up a very strong atmosphere. I'd also argue that the love story thrown in is rather stupid and at times laughable and especially how Naschy and the woman don't know each other one minute and in the next scene they're madly in love! None of the dialogue scenes are all that captivating either but what keeps you glued to the film is the werewolf and thankfully that there is strong enough to recommend the movie.
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Gore Mongral's Movie Reviews: The Night of the Werewolf (aka The Craving)
ChiefGoreMongral30 May 2007
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Paul Naschy is back as Waldemar Daninsky the cursed werewolf who has to stop a resurrected Satanic Witch turned Vampire, The Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory before her evil spreads throughout that Carpathian Mountains. The Night of the Werewolf known in the states in its edited version as The Craving does a solid job of bringing us Werewolves,Vampires and a Zombie to boot and is a fun watch for fans of such films. Especially fans of the old school effects department as we get prosthetics and time lapse photography sequences like the original Wolfman.

There is a story though fans of Naschy previous Werewolf opus Werewolf's Shadow will notice there is a lot of similarities so if you can get past that then your fine. The movie chugs along fairly nicely and I did not find myself bored at any time throughout. Saying that however fans of gore and the like my find themselves disappointed as there is no true gore scenes other than a lot of blood spilling, no hacked off limbs or the like on screen. Fans of monster films will have a fun time with this if they are in the right frame of mind for an old fashion monster romp or are fans of Naschy. Others use to modern effects work and those in the need for an elaborate plot should look elsewhere.

In the end this is a solid monster fans movie and a love letter to the classic Universal and Hammer films. Though not entirely on par with them it still entertains and Naschy's Werewolf never looked better. For the monster fans (myself included) I give The Night of the Werewolf: 6/10 above average, fun for the monster fans.

Deimos as released this in an Uncut Anamorphic Widescreen (1:85:1) HD mastered DVD which is the first time the original uncut version has been in the states. For that fact alone it is worth the pick up. The DVD has some nice features such as an intro by Naschy, deleted scenes, U.S. Trailer, Spanish Credit Sequence, Still Gallery and Liner Notes with rare photos and stills. Also the film has the original Castilian language track with Subs or English Dub. Overall a nice package and a good reason for fans with boots to trash them and pick up the best release of the film to the States to date.
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An enjoyably creepy Spanish horror treat
Woodyanders22 May 2007
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Anguished werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (beefy Spanish horror icon Paul Naschy) and wicked vampiress Elizabeth Bathory (a deliciously evil portrayal by the ravishing Julia Saly) are both condemned to death in the Middle Ages for their crimes against humanity. Waldermar gets revived in the 20th century by a couple of no-count grave robbers. Bathory is resurrected by her loyal and depraved witch servant Erika (the lovely Silvia Aguilar). Waldermar needs the love of the sweet and pure Karen (the stunningly gorgeous Azucena Hernandez) to lift his infernal lycanthrope curse. But Bathory has other more malevolent plans in store for Waldemar. Writer/director Naschy ably creates a vivid, misty, potently brooding gloom-doom Gothic atmosphere. In addition, Naschy maintains a steady pace, an eerie tone and a total sense of flesh-crawling dread throughout. Moreover, he stages the ample shock scenes with considerable skill and aplomb. The genuinely frightening and impressive werewolf make-up, a nice smattering of sex, nudity and gory violence, Alejandro Ulloa's sharp, vibrant cinematography, the breathtaking mountainside scenery, a delectable bevy of hot babes (Hernandez in particular is a real looker), the fun generic ooga-booga spooky score, some laughably profane dialogue, and the truly wild and exciting last reel no-holds-barred physical confrontation between Waldermar and Bathory all make this picture one of the best, most effective and praiseworthy horror films Naschy has ever starred in.
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Maybe Naschy's Best Horror Film
jjsmith3913 May 2007
Night of the Werewolf is quite an achievement for Paul Naschy. It is pretty much the same type of movie he always makes, but a few things really clicked to make this movie work.

First, the actresses in this movie were absolutely terrific. Julia Saly as Countess Bathory was particularly effective. Her interpretation was a female equivalent to Nosferatu. Something about her eyes made her seem absolutely rat-like. Her eyes were black, beady, and nearly lidless. She could've been a worthy successor to Barbara Steele...

Second, the photography and effects for the vampire women was exceptionally beautiful. I think Naschy was inspired by Jean Rollins' 'Thrill of the Vampires' in his use of fog and spotlights for the night scenes featuring the women.

Lastly, the film benefited greatly by having Naschy direct it himself. Daninsky is his creation, and Naschy's direction really captures performances and scenes that have gone lacking in previous Werewolf movies...

'Vengeance of the Zombies' is the release getting the attention, but this movie is very much worth buying on its own right.
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