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The Mark of the Wolfman

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The Mark of the Wolfman
La Marca del Hombre Lobo.jpg
Spanish theatrical release poster
SpanishLa Marca del Hombre Lobo
Directed byEnrique López Eguiluz
Written byJacinto Molina
Produced byMaximiliano Pérez-Flores
StarringPaul Naschy
Manuel Manzaneque
Dyanik Zurakowska
CinematographyEmilio Foriscot
Edited byFrancisco Jaumandreu
Music byÁngel Arteaga
Production
company
Maxper
Distributed byD.C. Films (Spain),
Independent-International Pictures (U.S.)
Release date
  • 29 July 1968 (1968-07-29)
Running time
88 min
CountrySpain
LanguageSpanish
Budget$300,000[1]
Box office$1 million[1]

The Mark of the Wolfman (Spanish: La Marca del Hombre Lobo), is a 1968 3-D Spanish horror film, the first in a long series of films about the werewolf Count Waldemar Daninsky, played by Paul Naschy.[2] The film was also known as Hell's Creatures: Dracula and the Werewolf, The Nights of Satan and Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (the latter despite the fact that the film has nothing to do with either Frankenstein or his bloody terror). Naschy claimed he followed up this film with his 1968 film Las Noches del Hombre Lobo (which is today a lost film, if indeed it was ever made at all, since no one has ever seen it) and his 1969 film Los Monstruos del Terror.

Plot

A drunken Gypsy couple spending the night in the abandoned Castle Wolfstein accidentally resurrect the werewolf Imre Wolfstein when they remove the silver cross from his corpse. Once alive, he not only kills the Gypsy couple, but also wreaks havoc on a nearby village. The villagers attribute the attack to ordinary wolves, and in response, form a hunting party to kill off the animals. While on the hunt, Count Waldemar Daninsky is attacked by Imre Wolfstein and is afflicted with lycanthropy. After killing innocent victims in the midst of his transformation, he seeks help from specialists, Dr. Janos de Mikhelov and his wife, who turn out to be two vampires, who then prey on both Janice and Rudolph, Waldemar's friends. The vampires revive the first werewolf, Imre, from the dead, and force the two werewolves to battle each other. Waldemar kills Imre Wolfstein with his fangs and then destroys the two vampires, only to be killed in turn by a bullet fired by Janice, the woman who loved him most.

Cast

  • Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky
  • Dianik Zurakowska as Janice
  • Manuel Manzaneque as Rudolph Weissmann
  • Julian Ugarte as Dr. Janos Mikhelov the vampire
  • Aurora de Alba as Wandesa the vampiress
  • Rosanna Yanni as Nascha the gypsy
  • Gualberto Gualban as Gyogyo
  • Jose Nieto as Count Sigmund (Janice's father)
  • Carlos Casaravilla as Judge Weissmann [3]

Production

Paul Naschy was the stage name of the late Spanish screenwriter and actor Jacinto Molina. The film's German distributors felt that Molina needed a more Teutonic-sounding pseudonym. “Paul” was an homage to the Pope at the time, Paul VI, and “Naschy” was inspired by a well-known Hungarian Olympic athlete, Imre Nagy. La Marca del Hombre Lobo was the first in a long line of werewolf films that would make Paul Naschy world famous.

Naschy got the idea to make a Spanish horror film while he was working on the film Agonizing in Crime in 1967. He broached the idea to the director of that film, Enrique Eguiluz, who initially tried to dissuade him from doing it. Naschy tried to interest Spanish director Amando de Ossorio in the project, who also tried to dissuade him. Finally, Eguiluz changed his mind and helped Naschy find an interested Spanish film producer.

In the United States, the film was titled Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, solely to satisfy the American distributor's need for a second "Frankenstein film" to pad out a planned double feature release. To justify this odd choice of title, an animated opening sequence especially created for the film explained that a branch of the Frankenstein family became cursed with lycanthropy and took the name Wolfstein. American producer Sam Sherman needed to fill 400 play dates for his film Dracula vs. Frankenstein which, at that time, was entangled in a legal stand-off with an unscrupulous film lab contracted to produce the release prints. The 400 theaters in question had been promised a Frankenstein double feature and Sherman was determined to give them one. Both films thus ran together in 1971 in American theaters.

La Marca del Hombre Lobo was filmed in Jan Jacobsen’s Hi-Fi Stereo 70 3-D format. When Sherman learned this, he was persuaded by other investors to hire optical effects maestro Linwood Dunn to create single-strip, over-and-under 35mm prints for American release. The final results were reportedly beautiful to look at when projected through high-quality 3-D lenses (such as those created by Robert V. Bernier for Space-Vision), but a celebrity-studded Hollywood premiere was completely undone when Sherman’s fellow investors provided shoddy acrylic lenses for the projectors; hence, it was only shown in 70mm 3-D in Germany.

Reception

The film grossed enough to cover its $300,000 cost in Spain and earned $700,000 overseas.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Besas, Peter (3 November 1971). "Spain Discovers Horror Pix". Variety. p. 27.
  2. ^ Equipo Cartelera Turia. Cine español, cine de subgéneros. Torres, 1974.
  3. ^ Howarth, Troy (2018). Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy. WK Books. p. 30.ISBN 978-1718835894.

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