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.
Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror (1968)
Directed by Enrique Eguiluz
Starring Paul Naschy, Manuel Manzaneque, Dianik Zurakowska, Julian Ugarte, Rosanna Yanni, Aurora de Alba, Carlos Casaravilla, Julian Ugarte, Jose Nieto
I recently came across these wonderful busts of different Spanish Horror Icons and knew I had to show them here. Being a huge fan of Spanish Horror, especially of Paul Naschy, anytime I see something this, I need to help spread the word. Honestly, I just love the fact that there are other people out there spreading the love of this much underrated genre of fantastic cinema, as Naschy used to refer to it.
According to the website, these will be around 8″ tall, but no word on the pricing. I’ve reached out to them to hopefully get some more info, as well as when they are going to be released. But in the meantime, you can check out the ones they have photos of so far. For me, the Blind Dead really need to have their facial hair…just doesn’t look right otherwise. But the two Naschy figures, I would love to add to my collection. Hopefully they won’t be too pricey! Of course, if anybody would like to pick these up as a gift for me, I’d be enternally grateful. Just throwing it out there….
You can check out their website HERE, though warning, it is not in English. But with the help of Google translator, you should be able to manage your way around.
Paul Naschy’s Waldemar Daninsky
Paul Naschy’s Amenhotep from La venganza de la momia (The Mummy’s Revenge)
Pánico en el Transiberiano (Horror Express)
Count Dracula from La saga de los Drácula (The Dracula Saga)
The Blind Dead