Monday, June 9, 2008

Fury of the Wolf Man

La Furia del Hombre Lobo (1972)

Directed by: José María Zabalza
Written by: Paul Naschy
Starring: Paul Naschy, Perla Cristal, Verónica Luján, Javier Rivera, Pilar Zorrilla

Okay, I don't really remember very much about this fucking movie. First of all, I watched it more than two weeks ago. Second of all, I didn't get to sleep until around five last night (or this morning?) and somebody decided to call me at, like, ten. Frig.

Complain, complain, complain. This film follows one of the many exploits of Waldemar Daninsky, the furious werewolf played by Paul Naschy, AKA Jacinto Molina. I guess it's one in a series of eleven or so movies (the series also includes Werewolf vs. Vampire Women, which is of course an inspired bit of filmmaking). I'm sorry, I'm way too tired to cut this film any slack.

Okay, as far as I can remember, the plot has something to do with the Wolf Man being brainwashed by an evil scientist? I think? Oh yeah, she like kills him and brings him back to life or some damn thing and then he goes totally apeshit and causes thousands of dollars in property damage.

I seem to remember there being something about a crazy orgy in a castle and this guy walking around in a mask. The sound quality on my copy of this film was poor, and the dub job was shitty so I had a hard time telling what the hell was supposed to be going on. I often wondered whether it made more sense in Spanish.

Even more irritating than the shit sound was the misleading title. The werewolf isn't really all that furious. He's actually pretty mellow and not that much happens. On the other hand there is a big wolfman/wolfwoman battle at the end of the movie. On the other hand, wolfwoman looks really stupid. Long hair just doesn't go with the werewolf look (still, if I could pick any superpower, it would be werewolf. That or being, like, indestructible or something).

All that aside, Jacinto Molina is still Captain Sexy - I mean, come on. He was like a body builder or some damn thing. Woo hoo. Well, whatever. I'd still go for the other Captain Werewolf movies despite their overwhelming cheesiness. I like cheese.


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