El Retorno del Hombre Lobo

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El Retorno del Hombre Lobo
Directed by Jacinto Molina
Produced by Modesto Pérez Redondo
Written by Jacinto Molina
Starring Paul Naschy
Silvia Aguilar
Azucena Hernández
Julia Saly
Edited by Pedro del Rey
Distributed by Federico de la Cruz Martín (Spain, theatrical),
Film Concept Group (USA, theatrical)
Release dates
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time 92 min
Country Spain
Language Spanish

El Retorno del Hombre Lobo (Return of the Wolfman) is a 1981 Spanish horror film that is the ninth in a long series about the werewolf Count Waldemar Daninsky, played by Paul Naschy. In the United States, the film was released theatrically and on VHS as The Craving in 1985, and recently on DVD and Blu-ray as Night of the Werewolf.
This was by far Naschy's favorite Hombre Lobo film, according to interviews. Naschy considered it a remake of his 1970 classic La Noche de Walpurgis. The film had a much larger budget than previous Naschy werewolf productions.
Naschy followed this up with a sequel, The Beast and the Magic Sword.


Waldemar Daninsky is sentenced to be executed along with Elizabeth Bathory and a number of witches. Since it is nearly impossible to truly kill him, he is left in a kind of living death, with a silver dagger through his heart and an iron mask to keep him from biting. Centuries later, the dagger is removed and Daninsky returns to activity, fighting against a revived Elizabeth Bathory and her demonic manservant.

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