Discover the Horror Podcast Episode 21 – Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky

Night of the Howling Beast (1975), Night of the Werewolf (1981), and The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983). In the annals of the Spanish horror genre, you can’t go far without running into the name Paul Naschy, especially the werewolf films that he made, numbering over a dozen! In his 40+ year career, Naschy made over 100 films, many in the horror genre, even directing almost two dozen of them, and writing over fifty of them!

In this episode, we cover 3 of Naschy’s werewolf film, where he always re-invented the character of Waldemar Daninsky character, who always seems to be cursed to turn into a snarling beast. Tune in and take notes!

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In this episode, we mention these films:

An American Werewolf in London (1981), Assignment Terror (1970), Beast and the Magic Sword (1983), Curse of the Devil (1973), Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Devil’s Possessed (1974), Dr. Jekyll vs the Wolfman (1972), Exorcismo (1975), Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror (1967), Fury of the Wolfman (1972), Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973), The Howling (1981), Human Beasts (1980), Loreley’s Grasp (1973), Night of the Howling Beast aka Werewolf vs the Yeti (1975), Night of the Seagulls (1975)  Night of the Werewolf (1981), The People Who Own the Dark (1976), The Return of the Vampire (1943), Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972), Werewolf Shadow aka Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman (1971), Werewolf (1956), Zombie (1979)

8 thoughts on “Discover the Horror Podcast Episode 21 – Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky

  1. Jon,
    Another great episode as per usual!
    I have seen only 2 of Naschy’s movies and only 2 of the werewolf ones. The only one that impressed me was Dr. Jekyll vs the Wolfman (which as you pointed out on the episode was a unique take on the “Vs.” concept.) In addition the overall film held my interest and the setting at the castle and graveyard were great. His portrayal of Hyde was really enjoyable too.

    This episode gives me the desire to revisit the character. I do, like his portrayal of the werewolf as he gives one of the more animated and energetic portrayals for a “man in yak-hair” beast.

    I did want to make one point. You guys mentioned that Naschy came up with the idea that a werewolf could only be killed by silver used by someone who loves him. But didn’t that concept originate in house of Frankenstein. It was they gypsy woman who loved him that had to kill him in that movie.

    Keep up the good work. I listen to several podcast on horror and yours is by far the most enjoyable and educational about the movies themselves.

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    • Thanks Chris! I would definitely recommend checking out more of Naschy’s work! What was the one you didn’t care for?

      As for the silver bullet and the person that loves you needs to kill the werewolf, you may be right. Going to have to double check now!

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      • I think it was Revenge of the Werewolf. I also saw the movie (the name escapes me) when he played twins; one evil and one good. The evil one raises zombies. Wasn’t impressed with that one either. I forgot that I also saw hunchback of the Morgue. It was my first Naschy movie and I saw it so long ago I forgot about it. I liked that one quite a bit.

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  2. Revenge might be a retitling of one of his because I don’t recall that one off hand. The twins one was probably Vengeance of the Zombies. Hunchback is one of my favorites of his.

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      • Fury has some great poster art, but that movie definitely has issues. Especially when they cut in footage of Naschy’s werewolf from Mark of the Wolfman (aka Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror) in there.

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  3. Exceptional Podcast Jon. I have been waiting for this one. Two of my fave Naschy films are reviewed here (Night of the Howling Beast & Night of the Werewolf). Although I own Beast and the Magic Sword, I didn’t care for it as much – but it still has some merit in the Daninsky pantheon.

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    • Thanks Todd! Trust me, the minute we started doing the podcast, I was bringing up Naschy. And there will be more on him as well since we just touched upon his Daninsky films.

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