Friday Favorites: Paul Naschy!

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.

11 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Paul Naschy!

  1. Well I have only scratched the surface on watching Naschys films. Of the ones Ive seen Night of the Werewolf has been my favorite so far. Horror Rises from the Tomb would be a close second.

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  2. Night of the Werewolf and Horror Rises from the Tomb sit neck and neck for the top spot on my list as well!!
    Absolutely love the grim and bleak atmosphere of The Devil Incarnate!
    Vengeance of the Zombies is great! The Hanging Woman is another one that is possessed of a fantastic atmosphere!
    There’s so many good ones, it’s very difficult to name just a few! Lol!
    Our copy of Howl arrived on Monday, but I promised Jen that I’d wait to watch it with her on Sat. Based on the trailer alone, I expect that one to catapult itself into my top 5 instantly!!! Lol!

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    • The Devil Incarnate is such a great movie, and very deep in meaning, both on a personal level for Naschy, as well as what he was trying to get across. So damn happy that became available like it did.

      I’m still waiting on my Howl of the Devil disc, but it is in transit!

      Hanging Woman is another great one, though Naschy just has a bit part, he still is pretty damn good in it.

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  3. Great to see this on Friday Favorites. i’m definitely a fan of the man, and own many Naschy titles on DVD. Like Jon, my introduction to Paul Naschy was “Horror Rises…”, viewed on TV as a Monster Kid during an afternoon matinee. It was one of those particular horror films that really stuck in your gut (Especiallly the opening few moments). While that title is still high on my list, I would vote my two Favorite films as “Hunchback of the Morgue” and “Inquisition”. Both of these are rich with atmosphere, great sets, and feature stellar perfomances by Mr. Naschy. I would also like to send a shout out to “Werewolf and the Yeti”, lesser known title, but could use more love from Naschy fans!

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    • I think that is one of the (many) things that I love about Naschy’s work, is the atmosphere and the sets, which really give the films a great feel.

      I was so thrilled with Werewolf and the Yeti, or Night of the Howling Beast, finally got released on Blu-ray, which was so much of an improvement over that Super Video VHS print.

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  4. You certainly can’t go wrong with HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB, arguably Naschy’s best film overall. As for the Daninskys, I think that NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF is absolutely his best-MADE werewolf entry, but I have a real fondness in my black heart for NIGHT OF THE HOWLING BEAST (aka THE WEREWOLF AND THE YETI). Its bleak atmosphere and bat-shit crazy plotting (not to mention, well, a werewolf AND a yeti, lol) just puts it at the top of my list.

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  5. I recently discovered the films of Paul Naschy and have already made my way through 20 of his films. Horror Rises from the Tomb is my favorite. La Marca del Hombre Lobo (original version of Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror) is my favorite of his werewolf films. We need that on Blu-ray!

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    • Hi Dave, glad you mentioned La Marca del Hombre Lobo, this is my favorite wolfman feature as well. Just love that groovy vibe in Naschy’s earlier fims!

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