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Curse of Devil [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Paul Naschy, Fabiola Falcón, Mariano Vidal Molina, Maritza Olivares, José Manuel Martín
  • Directors: Carlos Aured
  • Writers: Paul Naschy, Edward Mannix
  • Producers: Luis Méndez, Ramiro Meléndez
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,569 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 31 Mar 2013
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Spain's wiggy, one man answer to Universal Horror pictures, Paul Naschy, is back as Waldemar Daninsky ~ the gentleman super stud, who suffers the curse of the devil and is disfigured by the sign of the howling beast; the mark of the werewolf!
After his ancestor stops the plague of the damned, by destroying a diabolical coven and burning its leader, Satan's mistress, Countess Elizabeth Bathory at the stake, his blood line is forever doomed, when she vows, just before her roasting, to corrupt his future generations with a lycanthropic curse...
Skip forward a few hundred years and a devil worshipping clan of gypsies track his ancestor down and hatch an evil plot to bring Bathory's curse to fruition. By relying on Waldemar's heroic nature, a temptress is smuggled undercover into his castle, disguised as a damsel in distress and no sooner is he having a well earned siesta, than she has luridly nipped him on his hairy breast with an accursed, blood spattered wolf skull! Which considering its the Eve of Walpurgis Nacht is a pretty dastardly thing to do...
This Spanish werewolf romp is a little slower paced than some of Naschy's later offerings but is nevertheless still a fun exercise in midnight movie mayhem. As regardless of the dreamy, period gothic narrative, it seems to jump from superstitious nonsense to dull romanticism to crude attacks within seconds.
All the usual action is on display here, from axe wielding maniacs in the forest, to a couple of blonde love interests (the younger of which reminded me of a young Daniella Westbrook), getting their kit off, and of course most importantly, Naschy bounding about the scenery, tearing chunks out of people!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By croaksnooze on 12 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
...there's a midnight feast of ham and corn (acting and dialogue), maybe; however, in the mysterious realm of Spanish horror films, naked witches, beheadings and outbreaks of black fur erupt in all directions and by cinematic sorcery the whole crazy concoction becomes much more potent than the menu might suggest. (Running time is eighty-five mins, of course, and not thirty-four as misstated in the listing!) The side dishes are pretty heady, too, especially the original trailer which is appropriately dark and demented, making this viewer for one wish that the whole film had looked like that (although the print's entirely acceptable as it is).

By now rare*, but definitely worth tracking down, with silver bullets or not.

*This review's of the BCI release; the AB version's quite good, too, but lacks the original Spanish soundtrack.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Robert P. - Published on
Format: DVD
I've always enjoyed Pual Naschy's work. He's especially good as a werewolf and has been playing that character since 1968 in close to a dozen films. I was eager to see this movie and then I read the reviews on here. One person said this movie had "mindless nudity, sex, cheesy werewolf make up etc." and then I was REALLY eager to see it! I got my grubby little hands on it and popped it in the DVD player and settled back and hit play and WOW! This is a fun movie and a great DVD! The picture quality is superb and there are tons of great extras. The promised "mindless nudity, sex, cheesy werewolf make up etc." are indeed all there too! Naschy gives another wonderful performance and the picture quality of this DVD is far superior to all the poor prints we've been forced to endure in the past. Naschy has established himself as a master of macabre cinema and the high quality presentation of this DVD is a great tribute to the man and a true treat for his fans.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
With these kinds of films, you take what you can get. 11 Jun 2003
By Robert Cossaboon - Published on
Format: DVD
Once you get past the obvious setbacks of the film: an unconvincing lead, very bad make-up, horribly choreographed violence, and a pretty [weak]ending--there is some enjoyment to be had from Curse of the Devil. To begin with, the story is actually pretty involving and the plot has some tricky forks in it at times. The idea is very good: an arrogant hero pays for that arrogance through a satanic curse, which seemingly is unbeatable. Unfortunately, you have to make the mother of all suspensions of belief to deal with the actual werewolf. Naschy just wasn't suited (bad pun!) for the job. When you do have close-ups of the creature, there just isn't any menace conveyed-merely a frozen make-up expression. When he attacks, it is almost comedic as, for most of the film, he quickly runs on screen and then off before the viewer has a chance to even register what has happened. The opening sequence, if you're able to not laugh at what must be one of the lamest swordfight scenes ever filmed, is kinda cool with the way the pink tint conveys an otherworldly and othertimely atmosphere. The gypsies in the beginning are very convincing in their vengeful rage. All in all, it's not a bad movie. There just aren't that many werewolf movies out there, so Curse of the Devil will come as a happy expansion on what you are already familiar with concerning werewolves of the screen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This Gothic Werewolf Classic Reminds Me of "Dark Shadows" 8 Aug 2008
By J. B. Hoyos - Published on
Format: DVD
I grew up watching "Dark Shadows" and one of my favorite characters was Quentin Collins. He was a victim of a werewolf curse that was placed on him when he accidentally murdered his insane gypsy wife. Waldemar Daninsky of "Curse of the Devil" reminds me very much of poor Quentin. Daninsky accidentally shoots a gypsy (having mistook him for a wolf) and the werewolf curse is placed on him by devil worshipping gypsies. During the full moon, he roams the countryside killing anyone who crosses his path; the superstitious villagers believe a werewolf is prowling the Carpathian woods, but the police believe it's an ax murderer who recently escaped from a mental institute. As a result of having two murderers, the body count is deliciously high, higher than a "Friday the 13th" movie. "Curse of the Devil" is very action packed.

From the interesting liner notes that came with the DVD, I learned that "Curse of the Devil" is the sixth werewolf movie in eleven that stars Spanish horror icon, Paul Naschy. Most, if not all, were written by Naschy under his pseudonym, Jacinto Molina. It is no wonder he has love scenes with all of the beautiful lead actresses. His screenplays are well written; their plots are always complex, almost too complex.

I was overjoyed to discover that "Curse of the Devil" is gothic horror. It is set in the late 1800's. In fact, the prologue is set in the Medieval Dark Ages. The best scenes are in the prologue. Daninsky's ancestor destroys a coven of witches; there is a gruesome decapitation, multiple hangings of beautiful women from a bridge, and the burning of the priestess. The ending is wonderfully downbeat as were many horror movies of the seventies.

Also, from the liner notes, I learned that Paul Naschy did not wear a mask during his scenes as a werewolf. He spent many grueling hours sitting patently while the makeup artist applied the hair, fangs, etc. Never did he look as though he was wearing a mask.

"Curse of the Devil" is highly recommended for those who are fans of Paul Naschy. I have only seen one werewolf movie from Hammer, "Curse of the Werewolf." I thought "Curse of the Devil" would satisfy my craving. Instead, I need to watch more werewolf movies starring Paul Naschy. Fortunately, BCI Eclipse came out with "Werewolf Shadow," which I will be watching soon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
classic werewolf films for you 15 Sep 2008
By Michael Dobey - Published on
Format: DVD
the werewolf series of films that paul naschy did form 1968-2003
is alot of fun and there are 12 of them. this is one of the better ones and it's a mexican and spahish produced film with the lead female parts done by mexican actresses. And that's a good thing. The acting is fine but the transfer is choppy on this bci version. It's like there are frames missing from the print. I also have the werewolf shadow dvd from this company and it's not choppy or at least not so noticable. I don't know what happened by it is a defect that bci should do something about. I hope that someone gets out the rest of the series as well because this is vintage werewolf mania that is directly related in makeup style to the classic wolfman movies from universal. I think Naschy did a great job this time around with his tormented lead character that only a woman who loves him can save him from the curse. The title refers to the curse that is put upon his family line and not that the werewolf is a devil. If you love vintage horror that was done by people who tried to make a decent flick then this may be for you. And bci usually does a excellent job so don't be afraid to get any other of their titles.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Naschy is at it again. 24 Sep 2000
By scorpio - Published on
This is another in the set of Naschy werewolf films and it is great. It is cult viewing at it's best and who better to play the werewolf than Naschy himself. If you're a cult movie fan or love werewolf movies then this is a keeper.
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