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Monday, June 26, 2017


Made in 1981, this Paul Naschy werewolf film was released in the USA in 1985. Now if finally comes to Blu-ray from Shout Factory.

Naschy is once again Waldemar Daninski. The story opens with Countess Elisabeth Bathory (Julia Saly) being sentenced to death for her crimes and Daninski is her disciple who is also condemned to death.

We then switch to 1981 and three beautiful women who are determined to travel and find the grave of Bathory. On their travels they are attacked by highwaymen who are in turn killed by a mysterious stranger with a crossbow. the stranger turns out to be Daninski, who has been brought back to life when two grave robbers removed a silver dagger from his heart while stealing from his tomb.

Two of the women, Erika (Silvia Aguilar) and Barbara (Pilar Alcon) attempt to open her grave while their companion Karen (Azucena Hernandez) slowly falls for Waldemar. Erika kills Barbara and uses her blood to bring Bathory back to life and as soon as she can Bathory puts the vampire fangs to Erika and three vampire women are roaming the countryside.

Waldemar also rampages during the full moon and we are treated to several gory attacks which leads to an epic confrontation between vampire woman and werewolf. If this sounds familiar, it is. It follows some of the basic plotline as the 1972 Nascy epic "Werewolf's Shadow" aka "Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Woman".

The Blu-ray presentation here is incredible and the film looks much. much better than the first time I saw it on a cropped VHS many years ago. This is the fifth and final film included in Shout Factory's stunning "Paul Naschy Collection". I cannot see any horror fan not having this in their collection.

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