La Noche de Walpurgis
|La Noche de Walpurgis|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||León Klimovsky|
|Produced by||Salvadore Romero|
|Written by||Jacinto Molina,
|Music by||Antón García Abril|
|Editing by||Tony Grimm|
|Distributed by||Hispamex (Spain),
Universal Entertainment Corp (USA, theatrical)
|Running time||86 min|
La Noche de Walpurgis (Walpurgis Night, released in the United States as The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Women) is a 1970 Spanish horror movie starring Paul Naschy that is the fifth in a series about the werewolf Count Waldemar Daninsky. The film was directed by León Klimovsky and written by Naschy and Hans Munkel, and is generally regarded to have started the Spanish horror film boom of the Seventies, due to its awesome box office success upon its release. Patty Shepard was so convincing as the vampiric Countess, it was thought at the time that she might replace actress Barbara Steele as Europe's reigning horror queen.
The deceased lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky is revived to life when two doctors remove the silver bullets from his heart while performing an autopsy on him. Waldemar transforms into a werewolf, kills the doctors and escapes from the morgue. Some time later, two students, Elvira and her friend Genevieve, go searching for the tomb of medieval murderess (and possible vampira) Countess Wandessa. They find a possible site in the castle of Count Waldemar Daninsky, who invites them to stay for as long as they like. When he shows them the tomb of the countess, Elvira accidentally revives her. Daninsky turns into the Wolf Man, is forced to battle and destroy the vampire queen at the end of the film, and is himself destroyed by a woman who loves him enough to end his torment. Daninsky's lycanthropy is not given a specific origin in this film; the events of the film are assumed to have followed from the ending of Fury of the Wolf Man (1970), which involved a yeti's bite as the cause of Daninsky's curse.
- Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky
- Gaby Fuchs as Elvira
- Barbara Capell as Genevieve Bennett
- Andrés Resino as Inspector Marcel
- Yelena Samarina as Elizabeth Daninsky
- José Marco as Pierre
- Betsabé Ruiz as Pierre's girl
- Barta Barri as Muller
- Luis Gaspar as Distraught man
- Ruperto Ares
- María Luisa Tovar as First female victim
- Julio Peña as Dr. Hartwig (coroner)
- Patty Shepard as Countess Wandesa Dárvula de Nadasdy
- Eduardo Chappa as Tramp / Monster
The film was released theatrically in its native Spain as La Noche de Walpurgis in May 1971, and was released theatrically in the United States as The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman by the Universal Entertainment Corporation in 1972.
The film was released on VHS in the 1980s as both Blood Moon and The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman, and was later released on a special edition DVD in 2007 by Deimos Entertainment, a subdivision of BCI Eclipse, as Werewolf Shadow.