Back on this day, in 1934, Jacinto Molina was born. He would later adopt the name of Paul Naschy for his film work, which happened to be massive by the time of his death in 2009. He wasn’t just an actor, writer, and director, but he was one of us… a lover of the horror genre. I can’t think of too many other people in the industry that has created the work he had in his lifetime, dedicated to this “cinéma fantastique”, as he referred to it. That really puts him in the icon status. Not to mention that he made a hell of a lot of entertaining films! Continue reading
Years ago, I used to be into resin and vinyl model kits. I wasn’t the greatest painter, but I enjoyed it and I did okay. But I got out of it quite some time ago because it just was taking too much of my time. I would get a kit and then spend every waking minute on it until it was finished. Several years ago, when we were setting up at Wonderfest in Louisville, it was very hard not to give into the temptation and buy more kits. But I stood my ground and kept myself from getting any. I still have a lot of my kits that I did paint around the Krypt, but haven’t bought a new kit in years.
My buddy (and key enabler) Phil, sent me the below pics of a new kit that just came out, knowing that it was going to be very hard for me to pass up. And moments later, I was chatting with the man responsible for putting this kit out, Paul Gill, and ordering one of the kits.
This El Retorno Del Hombre Lobo kit was sculpted and painted by Mark Van Tine. It is 9 1/2″ inches of all Naschy! Obviously if you order one, it does not come assembled or painted. The parts are the bust, hand, base, and black plastic chains. Just making sure that is clear.
The price is $100 plus s&h. Keep in mind, these are made in limited quantities, so if you have any interests, I would contact Paul Gill through Facebook right away to make sure there are some left.
Today, Senior Molina, aka Paul Naschy, would have been 84. It’s been almost a decade since we this icon of the horror genre. I am just so grateful that his memory and his work continue to live and breathe, with more and more titles hitting Blu-ray, books written about him, and more collectibles being produced, it shows just how important his work has meant to the fans, and what it will mean to the legion of newer fans that will discover his massive body of work each and every year. Oh, how I am envious of these newer fans that get to watch titles like Horror Rises from the Tomb or Night of the Howling Beast for the very first time.
So while us fans still miss him and continue to mourn the loss of such a talented actor, director, screenwriter, not to mention father and husband to his family, we know that the legend of Paul Naschy, much like his most famous character, Waldemar Daninsky, will never die and will be reborn time and time again.
Thank you, Senior Molina, for all the wonderful memories, both past and future.
Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy
Published by CreateSpace, 2018. 344 pages
By Troy Howarth
Followers of the Krypt might know of my slight fondness for the work of Spanish writer/director/actor and all around horror fan, Jacinto Molina, better known as Paul Naschy. Besides his own autobiography, Memoirs of a Wolfman or Muchas Gracias Senor Lobo that showcases all these amazing posters, lobby cars, and other material from his movies, there hasn’t been a book out, at least that I know of here in the states, that covers the massive filmography of Naschy. Until now.
Let me say right from the start that Howarth is not only a good friend of mine, but that I also have a very small part in this book, in the Naschy legacy section in the back. Also, that I’m a die-hard Naschy fan that is just thrilled to death that there is finally a book about him and his films. But I would ask you to believe that if I had issues with Troy’s writing, or this book in general, that I would be up front and honest about them here. I don’t mix words when it comes to reviewing, especially books, even more so when they are about a subject that I am very passionate about.
El Caminante (1979)
Directed by Paul Naschy
Starring Paul Naschy, David Rocha, Sara Lezana, Ana Harpo, Blanca Estrada, Silvia Aguilar
Recently released on Blu-ray from Mondo Macabre under the title The Devil Incarnate, this is noted as being one of the writer/director’s favorite films. But for those expecting the usual horror outing from Naschy, with vampires and werewolves, you might be a little disappointed. If you’re looking for a very unusual horror/comedy, one that had a very deep and personal meaning to the writer/director, then you might find yourself very intrigued by it. While I really did enjoy it, I sort of felt sad that its creator was ever in that dark of a period in his life, of not trusting many people in the business around him.
In his autobiography, Memoirs of a Wolfman, he stated “I wrote El Caminante in a very special frame of mind. Life had dealt me several harsh blows and I had gained a pretty negative impression of people. For me personally, friendships had been a lamentable disappointment. I knew all about betrayal and lack of loyalty and apart from my family – my parents, my wife and two sons – I didn’t believe there were many things worthwhile in this filthy rotten world. Later on three people appeared in my life who I consider true friends. However, the cry of anguish from the bottom of my soul which found expression through this movie is still valid today.” This film was made almost 40 years ago, and like Naschy wrote in his book over 20 years ago, the way society is still today, this message still rings true. Which again, is a pretty sad statement.
I’ve been seeing posts all day on social media about today being the anniversary of the death of one of the greatest horror icons to work in the genre, Jacinto Molina. Or as most of us knew him as, Paul Naschy. I can still remember being at work when my friend Aaron called to tell me that he had passed away. Following genre for so long, it wasn’t an uncommon thing when a horror celebrity passes away, but this one stung.
How fitting to see this in the night sky on the birthday of Paul Naschy. Then again, I’m really not surprised. In fact, every month when I see a full moon, I know that somewhere, our tragic friend Waldemar is going through the change and terrorizing the countryside. And his fans are rejoicing.
While is this is a sad day because the lost his friends, family, and his fans, as well as the genre as a whole, felt when he left us, I am so happy in knowing that his legacy will clearly live on. With all the special edition Blu-rays that have been coming out this year alone, it really shows the love and respect he so rightly deserves. And even better, that it will continue to do so. Younger fans will find it so much easier to discover and enjoy the work of Paul Naschy, though the grumpy old man inside me is more than a little jealous since we had to really work at finding his films! But none the less, him and his films are now a permanent chapter in the horror history books and will never be forgotten, and will live on for future generations to come.
Our thoughts are with you, Jacinto Molina Álvarez.
Long Live Waldemar. Love Live Paul Naschy.
“I would write that Paul Naschy had at least done his best and that he cared about what he was doing. I was capable of mistakes – to do it well or to do it poorly – but I assure you is that I did it with feeling and affection. I love the fantastic cinema.”
Paul Naschy on himself
Today would have been Naschy’s 81st birthday, had he not passed away almost six years ago. Kind of hard to believe that we lost him that long ago. But when you think about it, he is still alive and well and continues doing what he strived to do with his career that spanned for more than four decades. Because of his movies that he left us, his memories will not only live on, but he will still be entertaining horror fans for years to come. And to those new to the fantastic cinema of Paul Naschy, they will get to discover him for the first time, and have countless hours of excitement just waiting for them to discover.