Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 7th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Spain, 1970
Director: Carlos Aured
Writers: Paul Naschy, Hans Munkel
Cast: Paul Naschy, Gaby Fuchs, Barbara Capell, Andrés Resino, Yelena Samarina, José Marco, Betsabé Ruiz, Barta Barri, Luis Gaspar, Ruperto Ares, María Luisa Tovar, Julio Peña, Patty Shepard
DVD released: June 10th, 2008
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Castilian and English
DVD Release: BCI/Deimos Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis: Two women searching for the tomb of a countess suspected of vampirism encounter a man named Waldemar who lives nearby the tomb who invites them to stay and offer to help them with their research. Waldemar is no ordinary man and he has ulterior motives for helping the two women. Unknown to the two women Waldemar is no ordinary he is also a werewolf.
Werewolf Shadow is a significant film in the oeuvre of Paul Naschy in that it marked the first time that he worked with director León Klimovsk. Paul Naschy and León Klimovsky would work together a total of six times. Paul Naschy’s collaboration with León Klimovsky would lead to some of his most memorable films. Besides working with Paul Naschy some of León Klimovsky’s other notable films are Dracula Saga, The Vampires’ Night Orgy and I Hate My Body.
Werewolf Shadow is one of those films were everything clicks. León Klimovsky’s direction flawlessly captures the nightmarish dream quality of the story. The scenes were the vampires’ torment Elvira is some of the most hauntingly beautiful to ever appear in a horror film. The most memorable moment in the film is a scene where the countess and Genevieve have kidnapped Elvira. They slit a vein on her throat and drain her blood into a cup. The plot for Werewolf Shadow is as good as any that Paul Naschy ever worked with. The pitting of a werewolf against vampires is a satisfying combination. The film features a deliriously kitschy score from composer Antón García Abril that somehow suits the film in a bizarre kind of way.
The performances are all very good all around with Barbara Capell as Genevieve and Patty Shepard in the role of Countess stealing every scene they are in. Werewolf Shadow oozes with eroticism. All the female cast are very attractive and they often parade around in little or noth8ing at all. Paul Naschy’s performance in Werewolf Shadow is his most refined and memorable of his career. No horror film would be complete without violence and bloodshed. Both of which this film has ample amounts of. Werewolf Shadow was the film that introduced me to the films of Paul Nashcy and its charms haven’t diminished over the years. Ultimately Werewolf Shadow is one of the best horror films to ever emerge from Spanish cinema.
Werewolf Shadow is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Werewolf Shadow was previously released on DVD by Anchor Bay back in 2002. Colors look more vibrant and details look sharper throughout in the new BCI DVD release. Overall this new transfer for Werewolf Shadow is an improvement upon the previous release from Anchor Bay.
Two audio options come with this release the films native Castilian language track and an English dubbed language track. Removable English subtitles that are error free and easy to follow have been included. Both audio mixes are in good shape with no audio defects. Some parts of the English language mix are in Castilian since these scenes were never dubbed into English and these scenes have English subtitles.
Extras include a stills gallery and liner notes about the production written by Mirek Lipinski. The main extra included with this release is the alternate U.S. version of Werewolf Shadow titled “The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman” which is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The source for this alternate version is not in that good of shape with scratches and faded colors. Overall BCI’s Werewolf Shadow release is worth an upgrade if you own the previous Anchor Bay release.