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Fury of the Wolfman (1972)

La furia del Hombre Lobo (original title)
PG | | Horror | 7 February 1972 (Spain)
A man has had a werewolf curse cast upon him. If he doesn't get rid of it, he turns into a killer werewolf when the moon is full.

Director:

José María Zabalza (as J.M. Zabalza)

Writer:

Paul Naschy (screenplay) (as Jacinto Molina Alvarez)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Naschy ... Waldemar Daninsky / Wolfman
Perla Cristal ... Dr. Ilona Ellman / Eva Wolfstein
Verónica Luján Verónica Luján ... Karin (as Veronica Lujan)
Miguel de la Riva Miguel de la Riva ... Det. Wilhelm Kaufmann (as Michael Rivers)
José Marco José Marco ... Merrill (as Jose Marco)
Francisco Amorós Francisco Amorós ... Helmut Wolfstein (as Francisco Almoros)
Javier de Rivera Javier de Rivera ... Detective (as Javier Rivera)
Ramón Lillo Ramón Lillo ... Frederick (as Ramon Lillo)
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Man at Castle (as Fabian Conde)
Pilar Zorrilla Pilar Zorrilla ... Erika Daninsky (as Diana)
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Waldimar Daninsky, a lone survivor of a Tibetian expedition, returns home to find his wife has been unfaithful to him. Carrying the curse of the pentagram (or pentagon, as stated by the monk who nursed him back to health), the fury of the wolfman is unleashed! After disposing of his cheating spouse, he finds himself captive in a castle by a female mad scientist conducting mind control experiments. In a vein attempt at escape, he discovers the freaks left over from past experiments dwelling in the dungeons. Written by Humberto Amador

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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

7 February 1972 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fury of the Wolf Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$187,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,691
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The English dubbed copy of this film is part of the Public Domain on the U.S. territory. See more »

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A Weak Wolfman Film, But Has Seeds of Potential
7 December 2009 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) travels to Tibet and is bitten by a yeti, which causes him to become a werewolf. He is accidentally killed after he attacks his cheating wife and her lover, and is later revived by a female scientist, Dr. Ilona Ermann, who uses him in mind control experiments. Daninsky later discovers an underground asylum populated by the bizarre subjects of the doctor's failed experiments.

Upon hearing of Naschy's death from colleague Jon Kitley, I rummaged through my collection for a suitable film to watch. In my scramble, I found I own not one but three(!) copies of "Fury of the Wolfman". The film is of questionable video quality, the sound is dubbed in a mediocre fashion, the cinematography is sort of slapstick style at times. And the American versions have two love scenes removed. Quite frankly, without a remastered, uncut copy, I wasn't really getting the proper movie in all its glory.

This film claims to be the fourth in a long series about the werewolf Count Waldemar Daninsky. I suspect this is true, but you wouldn't know this from the film itself. The plot is confusing at times, and there's really no indication that this is a sequel. If you read the plot summaries on Wikipedia and compare them to what is printed on the box, you'll see that I'm not alone in my confusion.

Perhaps the film's shortcomings can be forgiven if we understand the production hell it went through. While floating around for years, it was only released in 1973, due to problems involved in finding a distributor. And Naschy said in his autobiography that the director, Zabalza, was an incompetent alcoholic, and that he hated working with him. Those really aren't light accusations, and I have no idea what Zabalza had to say on his own behalf.

Chances are, sooner or later you'll come across a low-grade version of "Fury of the Wolfman". It appears in a variety of three-packs and box sets, so you might accidentally acquire it and not even know. What really needs to happen is an American uncut version, with a decent sound and video mix, and the love scenes thrown back in. As far as I know, this does not exist. Let us honor Paul Naschy's legacy and get his films to a wider audience in a level of quality he deserves.


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