The horror community suffered a great loss today. This morning came the sad news that Paul Naschy had passed away at 75. Naschy (real name Jacinto Molina) was known to many as the “Spainish Lon Chaney” but this doesn’t begin to describe the passionate actor, writer and director. Far more adequate tributes have been written up on other sites, so I won’t even begin to try. Instead I would like to point you to two diffrent places you can watch Paul Naschy instantly. This double feature is woefully inadequate but if you are one of the uninitiated it should buy you some time while you run out and pick up some of his other films.
1968’s Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror (a.k.a La Marca Del Hombre Lobo) is the awful American title given to Naschy’s first “Hombre Lobo” film. While not the best Naschy film, it is a very good one. With lush and vibrant cinematography (the colors in this thing are outrageous) Bloody Terror plays like a Hammer film on steroids. It’s a complete and utter monster mash, with Naschy’s tragic Wolfman, Waldemar Daninsky, going toe-to-toe with pair of satanic vampires who have been keeping him captive in a creepy Gothic castle (there’s no Frankenstein though, that was a complete lie made up by the American distributor).
The women are beautiful, the sets are dripping with atmosphere and Naschy plays the most over-the-top werewolf to ever grace the screen. I seriously feel bad for the actors that had to be attacked by Naschy’s character, he really beats the crap out of them.
You can watch the film, if you have Netflix, here. The film is presented in English and does include the hokey “Frankenstein” opening but, luckily, this is not the truncated American theatrical cut but the 90 minute uncut version.
The second, and a little less deserving, Naschy film available online is Count Dracula’s Great Love (1972). Here Naschy plays Dracula in similar sympathetic fashion to the way he plays the wolfman. The version on Hulu is badly dubbed(the guy dubbing Naschy is laughable), pan & scan, and graining low-quality video. It was also part of Elvira’s Movie Macabre, so it includes all of her cynical commercial interludes. Despite all this the film itself is presented, surprisingly, uncut (at least to the best of my knowledge) and includes all the copious nudity and blood originally shown in the US Theatrical version.
Here’s the link to Count Dracula’s Great Love.
For more Naschy madness I suggest you check out:
Panic Beasts (1983) – This was my first exposure to the great one, thus it holds a special place in my heart. Other fans don’t seem to hold it in as high regard, but it is still great later era Naschy (he also writes and directs) with a fair amount of sex and violence to spice up a rather familiar ghost story.
Vengeance of the Zombies (1973) – My favorite Naschy movie, this one has it all: Naschy in a double role (one of which being SATAN himself!), topless female zombies filmed in slow-motion and some of the coolest makeup senor Molina has ever donned.
Night of the Werewolf (1981) – Naschy’s own remake of The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman (which is itself a pseudo remake of Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror) is in my opinion the best version. It mixes the Gothic feel of the earlier films with the bloodier, sexier aesthetic of 80s Naschy.
Note: this is the first of what I expect to be many “Flix of Fear” installments. In this regularly appearing segment I will point you towards films that can be streamed through Netflix instant watch service and other online streaming destinations (Hulu, etc.). If you don’t have Netflix and like movies: What’s wrong with you? In all seriousness the inclusion of the instant watch feature has made it the best deal in entertainment, you can watch thousands of movies either online or on your TV if you have an Xbox, Playstation or any of the myriad other streaming-ready devices. I completely stole the idea for this from Chud.com’s “Watch this now” column. Apologies.