Werewolf Shadow DVD Review
Written by Steve Pattee
Released by Anchor Bay
Directed by León Klimovsky
Written by Paul Naschy and Hans Munkel
1971, Region 1 (NTSC), 95 minutes, Rated R
Released on August 6th, 2002
Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky
Gaby Fuchs as Elvira
Barbara Capell as Genevieve Bennett
Patty Shepard as Countess Wandessa d'Arville de Nadasdy
Andrés Fuerno as Inspector Marcelle
The movie opens with two gentlemen getting ready to perform an autopsy. The story has it that the deceased man (Paul Naschy) on the autopsy table is *gasp* a werewolf! One of the men scoffs at this notion and to prove to the other that the dead guy is not a werewolf, the doctor proceeds to remove the bullet! Well, we know how this goes. After a few deaths, the wolf is off and running.
The next scene shows our heroine Elvira (Gaby Fuchs) telling her boyfriend a torrid little tale involving the evil Countess Wandessa (Patty Shepard), dark rituals, virgin's blood, vampires, and the silver cross knife that killed her (the Countess). Not only has Elvira figured out where the Countess' body lies, she plans on making a road trip to check it out.
Elvira and her friend Genevieve (Barbara Capell) go searching for the silver cross knife and low and behold, they get lost! Low on gas, far from town, and short on a sense of direction, they investigate a barn-like house they happen to run into. There we meet Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy). Waldemar is an author who lives around these parts and he is more than happy to have Elvira (pronounced Elveera) and Genevieve over his house for dinner and company. There is a downside, of course. Waldemar has no phone, no electricity and no car. The ladies can't turn the man down. Shocking.
After a strange dinner, a stranger event that night involving Waldemar's insane sister, and yet a stranger event involving chains (again with Waldemar's nutty sis) the next day, the three go off to find the Countess's grave. After a few minutes of searching, they find it. Strangely enough, Elvira picks this time to go off exploring. Oddly, she wants nothing to do with the digging up of the grave of Countess Wandessa. Wasn't this whole field trip her idea in the first place??
So off goes Elvira, leaving Genevieve and Waldemar to deal with the grave. After some digging and such, they lift the lid and their lies the Countess. She's dead, she's a mummy and a silver cross protrudes from her chest. What's a woman to do? Don't worry, Genevieve knows EXACTLY what do to. Pull out the cross of course! In the process of pulling out the cross, Genevieve not only cuts her hand, but her blood drips into the Countess's mouth. Oh no! Genevieve tells Waldemar, "The legend says if the silver cross were pulled out of her chest, she would regain her power. And then it says, the breath that will bring her back to life will be red." Oh no!
Don't worry, it's just a legend says Waldemar. For a werewolf, this guy sure is narrowminded.
So starts the party.
Where to begin? I'll make it simple.
This movie is not good.
All this movie has is potential. But that is it.
I was excited to see this movie. I mean, can you go wrong with a werewolf fighting a vampire? Lesbian vampires? Hot women? It should have everything I need! This SHOULD be my favorite movie of all time! But it just left me hanging.
The movie drags on and on with little action. For a running time of only 95 minutes, it felt like 3 hours. I kept waiting for something to happen. When something did happen, it was too short. Very disappointing.
I will say one good thing about this movie though. Every time the vampires came onscreen it got a little creepy. There is something about creepy music and surreal slow mo that gets me every time. But that's it. Not much else good about it. Except for Genevieve. She is smoking hot.
Video and Audio:
Hey, it's Anchor Bay here. The picture is awesome. There are a few (and I mean very few) spots here and there. But for the most part Anchor Bay kicks tail as usual.
The soundtrack is presented in English dubbed Dolby Digital Mono. I had no problems understanding any of the actors and I didn't notice any highs or lows during my watching of the film.
- Interview With the Werewolf - A conversation with Paul Naschy.
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Paul Naschy Poster Gallery
- Paul Naschy Bio
I enjoyed the interview immensely. It's about 15 minutes long and subtitled, but a pretty informative interview. Paul Naschy is a pretty interesting guy.
The poster gallery is very cool too. There are quite a few posters to go through.