The Night of the Werewolf (1981)

1981 Horror

User Score: 55/100


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.

Night of the Werewolf (1981) is a Spanish horror movie whose original Spanish title is: El Retorno del Hombre-Lobo (1981). Director and writer Paul Naschy (Count Dracula’s Great Love (1973), The Mummy’s Revenge (1973), Night of the Werewolf (1981), Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror (1968)) also stars in the movie as Waldemar Daninsky/Werewolf. Paul Naschy excels greatly in achieving an entertaining werewolf film although it does not bring anything new to the genre. Night of the Werewolf contains female nudity, medallion, the occult, grave robbers, satanism, monster, supernatural power, werewolves, witchcraft, curses, and adult content. The movie was entertaining but did not contain any twists and suspense that you could not see from a mile away coming. The movie appears to be a cliche/remake or something of that sort of Paul Naschy film title: La Noche de Walpurgis (1971) - also known as Werewolf Shadow (1971).

Night of the Werewolf revolves around vampires fighting werewolves, starts by introducing us to the past around the middle ages showing us the execution of a satanist witch and her enslaved werewolf. The werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) is happy to be executed because it means that he will be free from the satanist witch, Bathory’s control. The music was extremely lively until we see three females venturing out to resurrect evil. The movie was intense as grave robbers dug up Waldemar’s preserved corpse during a full moon in the night and did the unimaginable. They brought him back to life by pulling out the silver crucifix/cross from his chest. The movie proceeds with extraordinary occurrences as we see vampiric Bathory fighting with Waldemar.

I was not too pleased to see the director creating a negative atmosphere around most of the female casts in this film. The movie is worth seeing at least once at your convenience because it might be a cliche but it has enough of its own material to stand out from the rest in its genre. The make-up was superb, awesome music with popping bass, excellent special effects and great cinematography. Overall the movie was enjoyable in many ways.

About The Night of the Werewolf (1981)

Title: The Night of the Werewolf
Year: 1981
Starring: Pilar Alcón, Luis Barboo, Rafael Hernández, Pepe Ruiz, José Sacristán, Ricardo Palacios, Tito García, Narciso Ibáñez Menta, David Rocha, Charly Bravo, José Riesgo, Manuel Pereiro, Ramón Centenero, Alexia Loreto, Paul Naschy, José Thelman, Julia Saly, Mauro Rivera, Silvia Aguilar, José Luis Baringo, Azucena Hernández, José Cela, Beatriz Elorrieta, Berto Navarro, José Luis Chinchilla
Director: Paul Naschy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 73 users. Votes: 73.
Genre: Horror

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