FRANKENSTEIN`S BLOODY TERROR (hell`s creatures; la marca del hombre lobo) (1968 SPAIN W. GERMANY) D: "HENRY L. EGAN" (ENRIQUE LOPEZ EGUILUZ) W: JACINTO MOLINA
"Paul Naschy" (Jacinto Molina) had already been an extra and done bit parts in several movies in Spain and America when he penned the screenplay that would lead to his leading man stardom for several decades. For the first time he is Waldemar Daminsky, a cursed aristocrat who becomes a werewolf. After lots of the expected werewolf-loose-in-the-rural-community hokum, this gets more unusual when Daminsky seeks help from a couple who turn out to be vampires who want to torture him (for no apparent good reason)! A woman who loves him (a pretty blonde Countess) must shoot him with a silver bullett. Apparently originally running over two hours (which doesn`t sound like much fun), the negative was destroyed in a 1970 studio fire. In the U.S. in 1972 Sam Sherman prepared a 78 min. edit (...BLOODY TERROR) with a goofy animated prologue showing the Frankenstein family becoming werewolves (the promo art featured Frankenstein`s monster, nowhere to be seen in the film!). But even this version seemed impossible to see for years. In the 90`s Video Search Of Miami dug-up a (terrible) print of a German dubbed version (DIE VAMPIRE DES DR. DRACULA or VAMPIRE OF DR. DRACULA) that ran 90 odd minutes (with new English subtitles). A much improved print of this version (with an English dub from somewhere) is now on DVD from Media Blasters. But unfortunately all it reveals is that the original Naschy vehicle (once in apparently very effective 3D) is a bit of a bore. Overly talky, badly paced and a real disappointment for all those fans who waited so long to see it. Good makeup as always though, and glimpses at some real gothic atmosphere. With Jose Nieto, Rossana Yanni, Carlos Casarvilla, Angel Menendez, Antonio Jimenez Escribano and Antonio Orengo. The first sequel (NIGHTS OF THE WEREWOLF) was even more unlucky, impounded after the director died soon after production in a car crash, it was never released. So skip to the third movie DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN for now. Scenes from BLOODY TERROR turned up in the fourth Daminsky outing THE FURY OF THE WOLFMAN.

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