THE WEREWOLF VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (1973)
aka La Noche de Walpurgis
Article 2227 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-21-2007
Posting Date: 9-17-2007
Directed by Leon Klimovsky
Featuring Jacinta Molina (Paul Naschy), Gaby Fuchs, Barbara Capell
When the wolfman is resurrected by two coroners, he takes refuge in a country home. When he comes upon two stranded women, he offers to help them investigate the burial site of a woman who was believed to be a vampiress. They find the grave, but accidentally revive her.
I think one of the appeals of the Paul Naschy films to horror fans is that he pursued one concept of the Universal horrors that had largely been left untouched for years (except in kaiju, that is), and that was the concept of having multiple monsters of different types squaring off against each other. Even in the first Hombre Lobo movie, they threw vampires into the werewolf mix, and here they are, at it again. It’s not a great movie, and the faded colors and dubbing in my public domain copy don’t help much; I’ve heard the DVD version titled WEREWOLF SHADOW is much better. Nonetheless, it is entertaining enough, if fairly routine, and it certainly doesn’t stint on the atmosphere. It’s the usual pattern; Naschy plays a heroic monster, there’s a goodly amount of gore and sex; you pretty much know what you’ll be getting. There’s even a zombie monk and a sleazy servant to add to the proceedings; you know the latter is no good when the woman asks him to take her to the post office, and instead, he offers to take her to a butcher shop and a cemetery. The ending is a bit of a disappointment; after all the talk about Walpurgis night, the monsters don’t seem particularly more dangerous than they were throughout the movie when that time comes.