The Night of the Werewolf (1981) Movie Review

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The Night of the Werewolf (1981)

1981 | R | Horror
92 minutes / 1h 32min

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The Night of the Werewolf Plot Synopsis:

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.

The Night of the Werewolf (1981) Review

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.

  • The Night of the Werewolf Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.07
  • IMDB: 6.1

About The Night of the Werewolf 1981

Title: The Night of the Werewolf
AKA: Night of the Werewolf
Year: 1981
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.03/5 stars from 609 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 609
MPAA Rating: R
The Night of the Werewolf Cast Starring: Rafael Hernández, Pilar Alcón, Rafael Hernández, Luis Barboo, Pilar Alcón, Paul Naschy, José Thelman, Azucena Hernández, Julia Saly, Mauro Rivera, José Riesgo, Silvia Aguilar, José Luis Baringo, José Luis Baringo, Azucena Hernández, José Cela, José Cela, Beatriz Elorrieta, Berto Navarro, Narciso Ibáñez Menta, José Luis Chinchilla, Pepe Ruiz, José Sacristán, Ricardo Palacios, Tito García, Narciso Ibáñez Menta, David Rocha, Charly Bravo, Tito García, José Sacristán
The Night of the Werewolf Writers: NA
The Night of the Werewolf Director: Paul Naschy
Production: Film Concept Group
Language: Spanish
Country: Spain