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El bosque del lobo (1970)

Benito Freire is a peddler who lives miserably in an environment dominated by ignorance and superstition. He is dedicated to peddling by the Galician towns and suffers severe attacks of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis López Vázquez ... Benito Freire
Amparo Soler Leal ... Pacucha
Antonio Casas ... Abad
John Steiner ... Robert
Nuria Torray Nuria Torray ... Avelina
María Fernanda Ladrón de Guevara ... Gabriela
Alfredo Mayo ... Don Nicolás de Valcárcel
Víctor Israel ... Lameiro
María Vico María Vico ... Queiruga
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Vilairo (as Fernando Sánchez Polak)
Pedro Luis León Pedro Luis León ... Minguiños
María Arias ... Mujer de Nicolás
Porfiria Sanchíz Porfiria Sanchíz ... Vigaira (as Porfiría Sanchís)
Pilar Vela Pilar Vela ... Sabina
Lorenzo Rodríguez Lorenzo Rodríguez ... Benito, niño


Benito Freire is a peddler who lives miserably in an environment dominated by ignorance and superstition. He is dedicated to peddling by the Galician towns and suffers severe attacks of epilepsy. Through the region begins to spread the rumor that he is a werewolf and that he is possessed by a demonic spirit. And it will be precisely the stories that people are telling about him what start to make him go crazy. Written by jsanchez

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October 1970 (USA) See more »

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El bosque de ancines See more »

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gradually the ghastly tale unfolds
25 February 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Most effective matter of fact Spanish horror set in the mid 19th century and seemingly based upon a true story. Most convincing with ancient looking primitive village folk going about their very basic daily life and in their midst someone who, we have seen in the pre-credit sequence suffers a traumatic event whilst a young child. The implication is clear and gradually the ghastly tale unfolds as at first we seem to see the old peddler turn into a werewolf and kill and later clearly more the victim of his own being. Some of the village scenes are a little on the dark side but the woods look amazing and make for a superb setting for the various violent incidents, of which, it has to be said we do not see very much. The finale is a wondrous sight seeming as it is to be a realistic or even real version of what we have seen so many times before when the villages take up arms for the hunt.

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