While I anxiously wait for my copy of Naschy’s Howl of the Devil Blu-ray arrive from Mondo Macabro, it got me thinking. I actually can’t believe I didn’t have this one way before now! I guess now is the time! Most of you that follow me and this site know my fondness for the works of Paul Naschy, from his many times as the tormented Waldemar Daninsky to the plethora of other characters that he has played throughout his massive career. From vampires to zombies to hunchbacks to even the devil himself, Naschy is one of the few actors to have played that many monsters on screen. And it was something he was very proud of.
Naschy gave his films a great look and feel to them, whether it be a period piece set in a dilapidated castle ruins, or the streets of London, they all had that same feel, being made with passion. I think that is the one thing that drew me to him and his work, that he was a fan of the genre, just like us. He made the films that he wanted to make because he loved the genre. That gave me such respect and even a kinship to him because of that.
The first Naschy flick I saw, which was Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) remains my favorite to this day. Maybe because it was the first, or just that it is so damn good! When I got to his werewolf pictures, while Night of the Howling Beast was at the top of my favorites of his Daninsky / werewolf titles for a long time, it was pushed out by Night of the Werewolf (1981), which remains my second all-time favorite of his work.
So for this Friday Favorites, let’s head down to Spain, and as long as we avoid the full moon, we can have a lively discussion about what is your Favorite Paul Naschy film! You are more than welcome to give two titles, your favorite of his Waldemar Daninsky titles, and one of his non-werewolf movies.