Day 3 – Curse of the Devil (1973)

2018 Countdown to Halloween – Day 3: Curse of the Devil (1973)
Cast:        Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky/Irineus Daninsky
Fabiola Falcon as Kinga Wilowa
Vidal Molina as Roulka

Story & Screenplay by Jacinto Molina
Directed by Carlos Aured

Plot: As Spanish inquisitor Irineus Daninsky has Countess Bathory burned to death for witchcraft, she puts a curse on his descendants. Flash forward to 400 years later when Waldemar Daninsky accidentally shoots a gypsy man, leaving the gypsies to summon Satan for revenge, resulting in Waldemar being bitten and turned into a werewolf.

Richard’s Review: While I’ve only seen a few of Paul Naschy’s werewolf flicks, I know enough that the origin stories in some are a little different and this is indeed one of those films. I actually liked the curse and subsequent bite from the skull turning him into a beast. Despite the fact that the film drags on in a few places, it’s very atmospheric and well-made. Naschy is in fine form, both in makeup and out. I particularly liked the finale with the angry villagers pursuing Waldemar. However, I wasn’t a fan of the final scene focusing on Waldemar’s son’s hand. That said, I’d definitely watch this one again.

Karla’s Thoughts: I love seeing Naschy as a werewolf but this one was only mildly entertaining for me. I prefer a more traditional origin story for werewolves and this one was a little odd. I’m not a fan of the ending. Not a horrible movie but not sure I’d watch it again.

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Trivia:

  • The seventh of twelve films in the Waldemar Daninsky werewolf series and the first to ignore the origin story set forth in the previous films.
  • The final collaboration between director Carlos Aured and Paul Naschy after a falling out between the two that Naschy never really understood.

Availability: Available on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. I believe it’s out-of-print, so do some shopping around for the best price.

Special Thanks: As a newcomer to the films of Paul Naschy, I still have a lot to learn. If you want to know more, listen to the NaschyCast podcast hosted by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn. Then, purchase a copy of Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy by Troy Howarth, available in both color and standard (black and white) editions. You’ll be glad you did!

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