24 user 37 critic

Curse of the Devil (1973)

El retorno de Walpurgis (original title)
R | | Horror | May 1977 (USA)
A man whose ancestors executed a witch is turned into a werewolf by modern-day descendants of the executed witch.


Carlos Aured (as Charles Aured in the Atlas Inernational version)


Edward Mannix (American dialogue), Paul Naschy (story and screenplay) (as Jacinto Molina)

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Paul Naschy
Stars: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Elvira is travelling through the French countryside with her friend Genevieve, searching for the lost tomb of a medieval murderess and possible vampire, Countess Wandessa. They find a ... See full summary »

Director: León Klimovsky
Stars: Paul Naschy, Gaby Fuchs, Barbara Capell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured
Stars: Paul Naschy, Emma Cohen, Víctor Barrera
Certificate: GP Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A man suffers from the curse of lyncanthropy and seeks out the aid of a German doctor and his wife who are experts in the occult. Unknowingly, the cursed man has summoned two vampires ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique López Eguiluz
Stars: Paul Naschy, Dyanik Zurakowska, Manuel Manzaneque
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Paul Naschy returns as El Hombre Lobo for the sixth time as he searches for a cure to his full moon maddness by visiting the grandson of the infamous Dr. Jekyll. What ensues next is a ... See full summary »

Director: León Klimovsky
Stars: Paul Naschy, Shirley Corrigan, Jack Taylor
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Waldemar, the renowned adventurer, joins an expedition to find the Yeti in the Himalayas. While hiking the mountains, he's captured by two cannibalistic demon nymphets guarding a remote ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Iglesias
Stars: Paul Naschy, Mercedes Molina, Silvia Solar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Paul Naschy plays a hunchback with below average intelligence who works at the morgue. He is in love with a sickly girl who happens to be the only person who is kind to him. Each day he ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Aguirre
Stars: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Víctor Barrera
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Aliens from a dying world plot to conquer Earth by preying on man's superstitions. Bringing two dead scientists back to life, they use their knowledge to re-animate various monsters, ... See full summary »

Directors: Tulio Demicheli, Hugo Fregonese, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Michael Rennie, Karin Dor, Craig Hill
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An Indian mystic uses magical chants to raise women from the dead, then sends them out to perform revenge killings for him.

Director: León Klimovsky
Stars: Paul Naschy, Romy, Mirta Miller
Horror | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

n the 16th Century, the lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky goes from his native Europe to Japan, seeking a way to cure himself of being a werewolf. Only a Japanese sorcerer named Kian and a magic silver sword can save him.

Director: Paul Naschy
Stars: Paul Naschy, Shigeru Amachi, Beatriz Escudero
Horror | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Naschy
Stars: Paul Naschy, Eiko Nagashima, Lautaro Murúa
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered as deviant. An ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim, is left on each body.

Director: León Klimovsky
Stars: Paul Naschy, Erika Blanc, Ángel Aranda


Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Naschy ... Waldemar Daninsky / Irineus Daninsky / Werewolf (as Paul Nashy in the Atlas International version)
Fabiola Falcón Fabiola Falcón ... Kinga Wilowa (as Fabiola Falcon; as Faye Falcon in the Atlas Inernational version)
Mariano Vidal Molina ... Roulka (as Vidal Molina)
Maritza Olivares Maritza Olivares ... Maria Wilowa (as May Oliver in the Atlas Inernational version)
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Bela (as Jose M. Martin; as Joe Martin in the Atlas Inernational version)
María Silva ... Elizabeth Bathory (as Maria Silva)
Elsa Zabala Elsa Zabala ... Gypsy Witch
Eduardo Calvo ... Laszlo Wilowa
Ana Farra Ana Farra ... Malitza
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Maurice, Waldemar's valet (as Fernando S. Polack)
Inés Morales Inés Morales ... Ilona (as Ines Morales)
Santiago Rivero
Pilar Vela Pilar Vela
José Yepes José Yepes ... (as Jose Yepes)
Ana Maria Rossie Ana Maria Rossie ... (as Ana Mª Rossie)


The great inquisitor Ireneus Daninsky has Countess Bathory burned alive and her female followers hanged. Before perishing in the flames the countess puts a curse on Daninsky and his descendants. Four centuries later, Waldemar Daninsky accidentally shoots a gypsy while hunting a wolf. The angry gypsies, who knew of the curse, summon up the Satan and the beautiful Ilona is chosen to seduce the young lord. During a night of love, Ilona bites Waldemar who turns into a werewolf killing his preys on full moon nights. His murders are first attributed to a mad killer escaped from the asylum. Waldemar, who suspects the killer is none other than himself, falls in love with Kinga, the daughter of a professor from Budapest. When Maria, Kinga's jealous younger sister, manages to seduce Waldemar and sleep with him, she is killed by the young man, once again turned into a werewolf. Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Damn the Exorcist! The Devil won't let go! See more »




R | See all certifications »



Spain | Mexico



Release Date:

May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(original uncut)

Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The film was released theatrically in its native Spain in 1974, and in the United States by the Goldstone Film Enterprises in 1976. It was released on VHS as The Black Harvest of Countess Dracula and as Curse of the Devil. The film was released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2002 as Curse of the Devil. It was subsequently re-released in a special edition in 2008 by Deimos Entertainment, a subdivision of BCI Eclipse, under the same title. See more »


Follows Assignment Terror (1970) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice atmosphere & setting, a bit slow
9 August 2002 | by haxanSee all my reviews

Actually, "a bit slow" is sort of a complement. European horror films from this era frequently cover the range from very slow to painfully slow. So a bit slow is acceptable, in my opinion.

I have only seen one other Paul Naschy film (an edited bad print of Werewolf Vs. the Vampire Women) so I can't really compare this film to his others.

Anchor Bay just released this film on DVD in widescreen with a nice looking and uncut print. I can definitely endorse the film in this version for fans of the genre. I am more familiar with British and Italian horror films, less so with Spanish ones. The quote on the DVD box from Video Watchdog hails this as one of the best Spanish horror films and I would say that sounds fair. The atmosphere and settings are both quite good and there is a fair bit of blood and gore, although don't expect it on the same level with a Romero zombie film or a cannibal film.

Worth noting is the framing of the film. Having only seen this widescreen version I would say that it is definitely worth waiting to see it in it's original aspect ratio as opposed to any pan & scan version. This is one of the better framed films I've seen of this type from this period. While it is definitely not Psycho or Touch of Evil (in my opinion, two of the best framed films I've ever seen) the compositions are very nice and I would complement the director and d.p. both for having a good eye.

In my opinion the dubbing for this film is better than average as well. Fans of foreign horror are likely familiar with frequently bad (and unintentionally funny) dubbing. While I would say that the original foreign language track with subtitles is ultimately the preferred set of circumstances, the dubbing job on this film is better than most, especially for a lower budget film such as this.

I would say that any fans of Paul Naschy who haven't seen this film should track it down right away. And any fans of Euro-horror should take a look as well.

The DVD is released under the title Curse of the Devil and based on that, the description I'd read of the film, and the opening minutes, I expected a sort of mix between Satan worshiping witches and the werewolf story. In reality, after the opening section, the bulk of the story is werewolf-related. The film has gone under other titles that give more focus to the werewolf story, which may well suit the bulk of the film better. However, don't let that turn you away from seeing the film.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed