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Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt (2004)

Romasanta (original title)
R | | Drama, Horror | 14 May 2004 (Spain)
An uproar is caused when some mutilated cadavers are discovered, giving way to the legend of the "Werewolf of Allariz". A traveling vendor rolls through the forest in his old wagon. A woman... See full summary »

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Paco Plaza

Writers:

Alfredo Conde (story), Elena Serra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sands ... Manuel Romasanta
Elsa Pataky ... Bárbara
John Sharian ... Antonio
Gary Piquer ... District Attorney Luciano de la Bastida
David Gant ... Professor Philips
Maru Valdivielso ... María
Luna McGill Luna McGill ... Teresa
Carlos Reig-Plaza ... Gómez (as Carlos Reig)
Reg Wilson ... Judge
Ivana Baquero ... Ana
Laura Mañá ... Antonia
Sergi Ruiz Sergi Ruiz ... Francisco
Itziar Fenollar Itziar Fenollar ... Benita
Carlos Sante Carlos Sante ... Hunter 1
Jaume Montané Jaume Montané ... Raúl
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Storyline

An uproar is caused when some mutilated cadavers are discovered, giving way to the legend of the "Werewolf of Allariz". A traveling vendor rolls through the forest in his old wagon. A woman from every village on his route faithfully awaits him. He's attractive, intelligent, charming.... But he's also the monster feared by all. His most recent prey, Barbara will soon become the one who hunts him down. The film is based on the true-life story of Manuel Blanco Romasanta, the traveling vendor, who confessed to the murders of thirteen people, using their body fat to make soap. Romasanta was tried in Allaríz in 1852 and avoided capital punishment by proclaiming he was a werewolf. Barbara was the lone survivor of four sisters. Written by Filmax international

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Genres:

Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Werewolf Hunter See more »

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Budget:

€4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the case of serial killer Manuel Blanco Romasanta who murdered at least 13 people in 1850s Spain. He claimed a curse turned him into a wolf causing him to kill. Because of these claims, Queen Isabella II acquitted him, but he died in jail before being released. See more »

Quotes

Antonio: It's not the wolf you should fear.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Filmax logo, usually a white sphere with three stripes (yellow, red and blue), turns into a full moon. See more »

Connections

Edited into Así se hizo 'Romasanta, la caza de la bestia' (2004) See more »

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It was the wolf what done it.
27 June 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt is based on the true story of Manuel Blanco Romasanta, Spain's first documented serial killer, who claimed at his trial that he was not responsible for the numerous murders he committed since he was suffering from a curse that turned him into a wolf (always worth a go, I suppose).

The film takes place in 1851, in a rural Spanish community where there has been a spate of deadly attacks, presumably by wolves. Travelling salesman Manuel Romasanta (played by the very English Julian Sands, who makes zero attempt at an accent) arrives in the area to visit his girlfriend Maru Valdivielso, who shares her home with her rather lovely sister Bárbara (Elsa Pataky) and their young deaf niece Teresa (Luna McGill).

Seemingly concerned for their safety, Manuel offers to escort Maria and Teresa to Santander, but the girls never make it to their destination, their charming travelling companion attacking them in the forest, believing himself to be a lycanthrope—a man who can transform into a wolf. When Manuel returns to Bárbara, he seduces the unsuspecting woman, but is unable to hide the truth for very long…

With its mid-19th century European setting, ambiguous werewolf plot, and stunning visuals, Romasanta reminded me a lot of Christophe Gans' The Brotherhood of the Wolf; but like that film, Romasanta suffers from a plodding and slightly confusing narrative, one that makes matters hard going, even despite a few genuinely twisted moments involving sticks in eyes and the removal of body fat, a fairly decent transformation scene, and the sight of Pataky in a tin bath having her breasts soaped up by Sands.


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