Paul Naschy

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Paul Naschy
Born Jacinto Molina Álvarez
(1934-09-06)September 6, 1934
Madrid, Spain
Died November 30, 2009(2009-11-30) (aged 75)
Madrid, Spain
Occupation Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Paul Naschy (born Jacinto Molina Álvarez, September 6, 1934 – November 30, 2009)[1] was a Spanish movie actor, screenwriter, and director working primarily in horror films. His portrayals of numerous classic horror figures—the Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, Count Dracula, the Hunchback, and the Mummy —have earned him recognition as the Spanish Lon Chaney. He had one of the most recognizable faces in Spanish horror film.[2] But Naschy also starred in dozens of action films, historical dramas, crime movies, TV shows and documentaries as well. In addition to acting, Naschy also wrote the screenplays for most of his films and directed a number of them as well. King Juan Carlos I presented Naschy with Spain's Gold Medal Award for Fine Arts in 2001 in honor of his work, the Spanish equivalent of being knighted.

Biography[edit]

Naschy was born in Madrid, and grew up during the Spanish Civil War, a period of great turmoil in Spanish history. His father Enrique Molina was a successful furrier, and Naschy grew up in very comfortable surroundings. After college, Naschy started out as a professional weightlifter, but soon gravitated to filmmaking. His favorite film character from childhood was the Wolf Man, dating back to when he saw the classic Universal film Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) as a child. At times, he tried his hand at designing record album covers, writing pulp western novels and drawing comic book stories, but did not meet with much success. In his 20's, Naschy moved back and forth between weightlifting and acting, but wasn't able to secure important roles, usually obtaining bit parts.

Naschy had an uncredited bit part in the classic 1961 Biblical epic King of Kings and a few other films of that period, and the experience drew him further into filmmaking. While appearing as an extra in an episode of the American TV show I Spy that was being filmed in Spain in 1966, Naschy met horror icon Boris Karloff on the set, a thrill he never forgot. (Karloff was in a very poor mood that day, apparently depressed and in poor health.)

In 1968, at age 34, he wrote a screenplay for a werewolf movie entitled La Marca del Hombre Lobo (about a Polish werewolf named Waldemar Daninsky) and managed to interest some German producers into financing it. Naschy never intended to play "el Hombre Lobo" (as the doomed lycanthrope came to be called in Spain), he just wound up with the part when the producers couldn't find a suitable actor. (They had tried to hire Lon Chaney Jr., but at age 62, the fabled Hollywood horror star was far too sickly to travel). Naschy later wrote and starred in eleven sequels featuring his Waldemar Daninsky character, and spun off a very successful acting and directing career in the process.

Naschy wrote the screenplays for most of the films he starred in, especially the horror movies. His most prolific year was 1972, during which time he wrote and starred in no less than seven movies! During the 1970s, Naschy worked for some of the best Euro-horror film directors in the business, including Leon Klimovsky, Carlos Aured, Javier Aguirre, Jose Luis Madrid, Juan Piquer Simon, Francisco Lara Polop and Jose Luis Merino. In 1976, he decided to try his hand at directing as well, choosing the costume drama Inquisition as his first project.

He did well initially, even producing and directing a number of successful Japanese/Spanish co-productions and made-for-TV documentaries, but by 1984, his films were no longer breaking even, and after losing a lot of money on his ill-conceived spy spoof Operation Mantis (1984), Naschy's production company, Aconito Films, wound up in bankruptcy. (Aconito is the scientific term for the herb wolfsbane).

On June 20, 1984, Naschy's father Enrique Molina died of a heart attack while fishing alone on the shores of a lake. Some boys playing in the woods discovered his body, too late to revive him. The unexpected sudden loss of his father (with whom he had always been very close), coinciding with the bankruptcy of his production company, plunged Naschy into a lengthy period of depression, only returning to filmmaking in 1987 with his cult classic El Aullido del Diablo. Naschy's son Sergio starred in the film, along with famed horror icons Howard Vernon and Caroline Munro (the film was very poorly distributed unfortunately, and is still not available on DVD).

Naschy's career took a second downturn when he suffered a near-fatal heart attack himself on Aug. 27, 1991, triggered by weightlifting in a local gym. He was hospitalized for more than a week, then had major heart surgery performed on Sept. 5th. A rumor circulated throughout horror film fandom that Naschy had died, since he disappeared from the film scene for a while after his operation. He had to later contact a number of fanzine publishers in various countries to inform them that he was still very much alive.

In 1996, Naschy wrote and starred in his eleventh werewolf film Licantropo, which he thought would be a big comeback film for him, but the movie didn't do well at all, critically or financially. He continued to appear in a number of low budget horror films and crime dramas however during the following decade, during which time he won a number of prestigious fan awards and appeared as a celebrated guest at many horror film conventions (both in the United States and in Europe), although he was always doing poorly financially and complained bitterly in interviews about the state of the corrupt Spanish film industry. In 1997, Naschy wrote a detailed autobiography entitled "Memoirs of a Wolf Man" (which included his complete filmography as well).

Naschy even travelled to Hollywood briefly in 2004 to appear in two filmed-on-video horror flicks directed by Don Glut and Fred Olen Ray, two former horror fans-turned-directors who must have treated him like royalty on the set. During his sojourn in Hollywood, Naschy even visited the famed "Ackermansion" museum of Forrest J. Ackerman, the editor of the legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.

Naschy died of pancreatic cancer on November 30, 2009. He was 75 years old. Although he ended his life in poor financial straits, Naschy always received a tremendous outpouring of love from his many fans and died knowing he would always be regarded as a major horror film icon.

Naschy was married only once, on Oct. 24, 1969, to a woman named Elvira Primavera, the daughter of an Italian diplomat living in Spain. They were still happily married 40 years later at the time of his death. He was survived by his widow Elvira and his two sons, Bruno and Sergio Molina.

Naschy's favorite director was Leon Klimovsky, with whom he made 8 horror & action films. Naschy praised Klimovsky's professional workmanlike attitude, but he always felt that Klimovsky rushed through the filming and never allowed for enough retakes that might have improved some of their films. He also enjoyed working for director Carlos Aured, and was proud of the films they did together.

The only horror film actor who ever portrayed Dracula, The Mummy, The Frankenstein Monster, Fu Manchu, the Hunchback, Rasputin, a Warlock, a Zombie, a medieval Inquisitor, a serial killer (not to mention a werewolf in 15 different films)[3] died on November 30, 2009 from pancreatic cancer in Madrid.[4] An excellent hardcover book entitled "Muchas Gracias, Senor Lobo" was published in Germany after Naschy's death, collecting hundreds of rare photos, lobby cards, posters, etc. that had been used to promote Naschy's films over the decades in a number of different countries.

Most famous characters[edit]

The werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (known in Spain as "El Hombre Lobo") is without a doubt Paul Naschy's most famous horror character, since he played Daninsky in 12 different films. In fact, Naschy holds the record for playing a werewolf the most number of times, easily beating out the great Lon Chaney Jr. (who played a Wolf Man only seven times during his career).

Unlike the Chaney Universal films, however, which formed a somewhat chronological storyline from picture to picture, Naschy's Daninsky films were not connected to each other plotwise. Each film was more or less a free-standing story that wasn't meant to relate to the other films in the series the way the old Universal films did. Daninsky's lycanthropy had a different origin in each film (which many Naschy fans find confusing). This was probably for the best however, since in the 1970s, Euro-horror films were often theatrically distributed in the USA several years after they were completed, and they probably would've all been released out of order anyway.

Naschy's only other recurring character was the villainous medieval warlock Alaric de Marnac (who appeared in Naschy's El Espanto Surge de la Tumba (1972) and returned to life again in a sequel, Panic Beats (1982)). Naschy claims he based this character on a real-life medieval nobleman named Gilles de Rais, a bizarre serial killer on whose life story Naschy also based the lead character in his 1974 film El Mariscal del Infierno.

The Hombre Lobo series (featuring the Waldemar Daninsky character)[edit]

Naschy's twelve "Hombre Lobo" movies are not a series in the strictest sense. They seem to be a collection of unrelated plotlines, but all of which involve a werewolf named Waldemar Daninsky. Both La Furia del Hombre Lobo (1970) and La Maldicion de la Bestia (1975) refer to an origin involving Waldemar's being bitten by a Yeti (and there is a brief Yeti reference in La Noche de Walpurgis (1970) as well), but the other films presented him with entirely different origin stories. The fact that these films have also been retitled by the various film distributors many times over the years only adds to the confusion. Despite the numerous plot inconsistencies and convoluted flashbacks, however, Naschy's Wolf Man series as a whole is still considered his most famous work by most of his many fans.

Only eleven of the 12 "Hombre Lobo" films actually exist today. All traces of Las Noches del Hombre Lobo (1968) apparently vanished before the film was ever shown anywhere (not even Naschy has seen it!), and it remains a mystery to this day whether or not the film ever really existed at all in completed form. Naschy said in interviews that he specifically remembered going to Paris for a week to shoot his scenes for the film, but he went right back to Spain after completing his scenes and never saw any rushes. The French producer of the film, Rene Govar (who apparently only directed this one film), is said to have died in a car accident in Paris a week after the filming was completed, and no one ever picked up the lab bill that was outstanding. Hence it is thought that the lab may have confiscated the film negative and years later they probably just discarded it. Naschy claimed he only became aware decades later that the film had never been released anywhere. Some Naschy fans think the film was scrapped in 1968 and the script may have been later rewritten to become the 4th film in the series, La Furia del Hombre Lobo (1970). This is possible since Naschy himself vaguely remembered both films as having virtually the same plot!

In order of production, the "Hombre Lobo" films are as follows:

  • 1. La Marca del Hombre Lobo / Mark of the Wolf Man (1968) aka Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (U.S.), aka The Vampires of Dr. Dracula (Germany/ France), aka Hell's Creatures (U.K./ Australia), aka The Nights of Satan (Italy); directed by Enrique Eguiluz; originally filmed in 3-D and 70mm, but it was rarely shown that way except perhaps in Germany; first released theatrically in Spain in July, 1968; in Germany in 1969; in England in 1970 (and in the U.S. in a somewhat edited version as Frankenstein's Bloody Terror in 1971); released to U.S. television in 1974; released on VHS (edited) and later DVD (unedited / letterboxed) as Frankenstein's Bloody Terror. It was later re-released in Germany as Hexen des Grauens, and in Pakistan as Hell Creature.
  • 2. Las Noches del Hombre Lobo / The Nights of the Wolf Man (1968) directed in Paris allegedly by a Rene Govar (This is apparently a lost film today, but Naschy insisted that he wrote the screenplay & stayed in Paris for a week to star in this film; it was apparently never completed, because no one (including Paul Naschy) has ever seen it! No reference books have ever turned up any information on the film or its alleged director, one Rene Govar, who is said to have been killed in a car accident in Paris a week after Naschy's scenes were shot. Naschy himself wasn't even able to recall the names of any of his co-stars on the project! It is only included in Naschy's filmography because, till the day he died, Naschy insisted that the film existed.)
  • 3. Los Monstruos del Terror / The Monsters of Terror (1969) aka Dracula vs Frankenstein (U.K./ France/ Germany), aka Reincarnator (French re-release title), aka Assignment Terror (U.S.); the film's original shooting title was The Man Who Came From Ummo; co-directed by Hugo Fregonese & Tulio Demichelli (who finished the film after Fregonese quit midway through); first released theatrically in Germany in 1970, and in Spain in 1971; shown in U.S. (on late night TV only) in 1973 as Assignment Terror (because the title Dracula vs Frankenstein had already been used in the USA by Al Adamson for his 1970 film); eventually released on U.S. video (in splicy pan-and-scan format) as Dracula vs Frankenstein; still officially unreleased on DVD.
  • 4. La Furia del Hombre Lobo / The Fury of the Wolf Man (1970) referred to as The Wolf Man Never Sleeps in some reference guides; directed by Jose Maria Zabalza; released theatrically only in Spain & Argentina in 1972; shown in U.S. (on late night TV only) in 1974 as Fury of the Wolf Man; released on video/ DVD as Fury of the Wolf Man (slightly edited).
  • 5. La Noche de Walpurgis / Walpurgis Night (1970) aka The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman (U.S.), aka Night of the Vampire (Germany), aka The Black Mass of Countess Dracula (Italy), aka Shadow of the Werewolf (U.K.), aka Night of the Bloody Witches (Germany), aka Werewolf's Shadow (Canada), aka Fury of the Vampires (France); directed by Leon Klimovsky; This was Naschy's most famous & highest-grossing horror film & was made in 70mm Stereo Technicolor; first released theatrically in Spain in May, 1971, in Germany in Oct., 1971, and in England in 1972; released theatrically in U.S. in 1972 as The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman (accompanied by a tie-in paperback novelization); released on VHS as both Blood Moon and The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman; released on DVD uncut as Werewolf Shadow (sic).
  • 6. Dr. Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo / Dr. Jekyll and the Wolf Man (1971) aka Dr. Jekyll and the Werewolf (U.K.), aka Night of the Bloody Wolf (Germany); directed by Leon Klimovsky, co-starring Jack Taylor; first released theatrically in Spain in Nov. 1972, and in Germany in 1974; released theatrically in U.S. & England in 1973 as Doctor Jekyll and the Werewolf; available on DVD uncut in Spanish/ subtitled as Dr. Jekyll and the Wolf Man.
  • 7. El Retorno de Walpurgis / The Return of Walpurgis (1972) aka Curse of the Devil (U.S./ U.K.), aka Night of the Devil's Orgy (Germany), aka Die Todeskralle des Grausamen Wolfes (also Germany), aka Night of the Killer (Mexico), aka L'Empreinte de Dracula (France), aka Return of the Wolf Man (Belgium); directed by Carlos Aured; first released theatrically in Spain in Sept. 1973, and in Germany & England in 1974; it was only released theatrically in the U.S. in 1976; released on DVD uncut as Curse of the Devil.
  • 8. La Maldicion de la Bestia / Curse of the Beast (1975) aka Night of the Howling Beast (U.S.), aka The Werewolf and the Yeti (international release title), aka In the Claws of the Wolf Man (France), aka Loup Garou, de Weerwolf (Belgium); directed by Miguel Iglesias Bonns; (Naschy won the Best Actor Award for "Curse of the Beast" at the 1975 Catalonian Int'l Film Festival at Sitges, Spain); first released theatrically in Spain in Jan., 1975; theatrically released in U.S. in 1977 as Night of the Howling Beast; released on U.S. video as The Werewolf and the Yeti, Hall of the Mountain King and Night of the Howling Beast; still officially unreleased on DVD.
  • 9. El Retorno del Hombre Lobo / Return of the Wolf Man (1980) aka The Craving (U.S.), Night of the Werewolf (international release title), aka The Werewolf (Germany); directed by Paul Naschy; this was Naschy's all-time favorite Hombre Lobo film, being a remake of his earlier Walpurgis Night; first released theatrically in Spain in 1981, and in Germany in 1984; released theatrically in the U.S. in 1985 as The Craving; released on U.S. video in 1986 as The Craving; later released on DVD as Night of the Werewolf.
  • 10. La Bestia y la Espada Magica / The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983); a Spanish/ Japanese co-production; written, co-produced & directed by Paul Naschy; released theatrically only in Spain in Nov.,1983; never released theatrically in Japan; never dubbed into English or shown in the U.S.; still unavailable on DVD
  • 11. Licántropo (1996) aka Licantropo: the Full Moon Killer, aka Lycantropus: the Moonlight Murders; directed by Francisco Gordillo; film was only shown theatrically in Spain in 1996; no U.S. theatrical release; distributed directly to DVD dubbed into English as Licantropo.
  • 12. Tomb of the Werewolf (2004) directed in Hollywood by Fred Olen Ray, co-starred Michelle Bauer; the original shooting title was The Unliving; filmed on video in English (Naschy was dubbed); no theatrical release, distributed directly to DVD.

There were three other Paul Naschy werewolf films that were not part of the Waldemar Daninsky series, as follows:

  • Buenas Noches, Señor Monstruo / Good Night, Mr. Monster (1982) Naschy played a generic werewolf in this children's Spanish TV musical/comedy; he reportedly did the show just for the money; never shown outside of Spain; never dubbed into English.
  • El Aullido del Diablo / The Howl of the Devil (1987) directed by Paul Naschy, co-starring Caroline Munro, Howard Vernon & Naschy's real-life son Sergio Molina in a major role; Naschy plays an insane ex-actor who dresses up as various famous monsters in this film, in one scene specifically playing the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (Sergio addresses the werewolf as "Waldemar" in the scene), but it is only a very brief cameo appearance; no theatrical release anywhere; shown only on Spanish TV in 1988; never dubbed into English; not available on U.S. DVD.
  • Um Lobisomem na Amazônia / A Werewolf in The Amazon (2005) aka Amazonia Misteriosa; filmed in Brazil, directed by Ivan Cardoso; Naschy plays a mad doctor who transforms into a werewolf-type creature in this remake of H. G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau; never dubbed into English or shown outside of Spain.

The Paul Naschy Filmography[edit]

Paul Naschy starred in many other horror films that did not feature el Hombre Lobo, as well as a number of crime films, costume dramas, action thrillers, etc. Below is a list of his major movies, in strict chronological order of production. Dates shown are when the films were made, not when they were theatrically released in various foreign markets. This information was taken from Naschy's own autobiography ("Memoirs of a Wolfman") and the release date information is much more accurate than that found on any other websites.

Note* - Naschy allegedly played uncredited bit parts in King of Kings (1960), El Principe Encadenado (1960), 55 Days at Peking (1963), Operation Plus Ultra (1966), Las Viudas (1966) and The Slave of Paradise (1968). Naschy allegedly acted as an assistant director on 2 other films, Aventura en el Palacio Viejo (1967) and Cronica de Nueve Meses (1967).

  • I Spy (American television series) 1966, Naschy played a very, very small part in the episode titled "Mainly on the Plains", which starred Boris Karloff, Robert Culp & Bill Cosby. (He plays one of a group of teenagers having a picnic in one very brief sequence.)
  • Agonizando en el Crimen (Agonizing Over Crime) 1967, directed by Enrique Eguiluz (crime drama); (not dubbed in English or shown in U.S.). (Naschy later used his friendship with director Eguiluz to get his Mark of the Wolf Man made.)
  • La Furia de Johnny Kidd (The Fury of Johnny Kidd) 1968, aka Ultimate Gunfighter, aka Dove si Spara di Piu; directed by Gianni Puccini, who died in Italy soon after finishing the film; Naschy had a very small role in this spaghetti western, he is shown arm-wrestling another gunfighter in a bar; (never shown in U.S., this movie may actually be a lost film)
  • La Marca del Hombre Lobo (Mark of the Wolf Man) 1968, directed by Enrique Eguiluz (aka Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, aka Hell's Creatures)
  • Plan Jack 03(1968) action film directed by Cecilia Bartolome (not shown in U.S.)
  • Los Monstruos del Terror (The Monsters of Terror) 1969, directed by Hugo Fregonese & Tulio Demichelli (aka Assignment Terror, aka Dracula vs Frankenstein)
  • El Vertigo del Crimen (The Vertigo of Crime) 1970, crime drama directed by Pascual Cervera; (not shown in U.S.).
  • La Noche de Walpurgis (Walpurgis Night) 1970, directed by Leon Klimovsky (aka Werewolf Shadow, aka The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman)
  • Jack el Destripador de Londres (Jack The Ripper of London) 1971 (aka Seven Murders for Scotland Yard (U.S.), aka Sette Cadaveri per Scotland Yard / Seven Corpses for Scotland Yard (Italy)); giallo directed by Jose Luis Madrid; (first released in Italy in 1971, and in Spain in July, 1972); released theatrically in the USA in 1976; not available on DVD
  • Disco Rojo (Red Light) 1972, action film directed by Rafael Romero Marchent (not shown in U.S.)
  • Los Crimenes de Petiot (The Crimes of Petiot) 1972, crime drama directed by Jose Luis Madrid; made in Techniscope (never shown in U.S.)
  • El Espanto Surge de la Tumba (Horror Rises From the Tomb) 1972 (aka Blood Mass for the Devil (Germany), aka Blood Mass of the Zombies (1980 German re-release title)), aka Horror Rises From The Tomb (U.S. & England); the Spanish title technically translates as either "Fright Rises from the Grave" or "The Spook Rises from the Grave"; directed by Carlos Aured, this film introduced the medieval warlock Alaric de Marnac, who returned later in Naschy's 1982 sequel Panic Beats; (first released in Spain in April, 1973, and in Germany in Oct, 1974); released directly to US television in 1974 as Horror Rises From the Tomb (edited); later released to video & DVD as Horror Rises From the Tomb (unedited)
  • El Gran Amor de Conde Dracula (Count Dracula's Great Love) 1972 (aka Dracula's Great Love (U.S.), aka Cemetery Girls (U.S. re-release title), aka Dracula's Virgin Lovers (U.K.), aka The Diabolical Loves of Nosferatu (Italy), aka La Orgia de Dracula (Mexico); directed by Javier Aguirre; (first released in Spain in May. 1973, and in the USA & England in 1974); released on VHS & DVD as both Cemetery Girls and Vampire Playgirls
  • El Jorobado de la Morgue (The Hunchback of the Morgue) 1972 (directed by Javier Aguirre); this film is considered one of Naschy's all-time greatest horror films (Naschy won the Best Acting Award for "Hunchback" at the 1973 Paris Convention of Fantastic Cinema); (first released in Spain in July, 1973, and in Germany in Feb., 1974); theatrically released in U.S. in 1973 as Hunchback of the Morgue; released on video as The Rue Morgue Massacre; released on DVD as Hunchback of the Morgue
  • La Orgia de los Muertos (Orgy of the Dead) 1972 (aka The Hanging Woman (U.S.), aka Beyond the Living Dead (U.S.), aka Zombies - Terror of the Living Dead (U.K.); aka Die Bestie aus dem Totenreich (Germany); aka Bracula, Terror of the Living Death (Australia); directed by Jose Luis Merino; (first released in Spain in 1974, and in Germany in 1976); released theatrically in U.S. in 1974 as The Hanging Woman; released on video & DVD as both Return of the Zombies and The Hanging Woman
  • La rebelión de las muertas (Rebellion of the Dead Women) 1972 (aka Walk of the Dead (US/Canadian 1974 release title), Vengeance of the Zombies (1974 international release title), aka Rebellion of the Living Dead (1974 German release title), aka Invocation of the Devil (1974 German re-release title), aka Blood Lust of the Zombies (1980 German re-release title), aka Revenge of the Living Dead (Italy); directed by Leon Klimovsky; (first theatrically released in Spain in June, 1973, and in Germany in 1974); released on video & DVD as Vengeance of the Zombies
  • Los Ojos Azules de la Muneca Rota (The Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll) 1973 (aka House of Psychotic Women (U.S.), aka Mystery of the Blue Eyes (Belgium); directed by Carlos Aured; (first released in Spain in 1974, and in U.S. in 1976); released on video as House of Psychotic Women (edited), released on DVD unedited as Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll
  • La Venganza de la Momia (The Mummy's Revenge) 1973; directed by Carlos Aured, this film was supposedly released in both a cut version (for Spain & Mexico) & an uncut international version, but the uncut version apparently no longer exists; (film was theatrically released only in Spain & Mexico in Oct., 1975); an English-dubbed version was released edited & terrible pan-and-scan in 1974 in the U.S. (to late-night TV only) as The Mummy's Revenge; not available on DVD
  • Una Libelula Para Cada Muerto (A Dragonfly For Each Corpse) 1973 (aka The Vigiliante Challenges the Police (Italian)); giallo directed by Leon Klimovsky; (first theatrically released in Spain in Nov., 1975, and in Italy in 1977); although never released in the U.S., an English-dubbed version exists on bootleg DVD
  • El Asesino Esta Entre Los Trece (The Killer is One of the Thirteen) 1973, giallo directed by Javier Aguirre; (theatrically released only in Spain in 1973); not shown in U.S., never dubbed in English.
  • Las Ratas no Duermen de Noche (Rats Don't Sleep At Night) 1973 (aka Crimson (Argentinian release title); a French/Spanish co-production directed by Juan Fortuny, music by Daniel J. White; (first released slightly censored in Spain in June, 1976; later released on video and DVD in a more adult version entitled Crimson).
  • Tarzan in King Solomon's Mines 1973; directed by Jose Luis Merino, this film was unauthorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate; David Carpenter played Tarzan (never dubbed in English, theatrically released only in Spain).
  • La Diosa Salvaje (The Savage Goddess) 1974 (aka Kilma, Queen of the Jungle (Italy), aka Tanrica (Turkey)); directed by Miguel Iglesias Bonns; (not shown in U.S.).
  • El Mariscal del Infierno (The Marshal from Hell) 1974 (aka The Devil's Possessed (English-dubbed international title); directed by Leon Klimovsky; story was based on the real-life medieval activities of Gilles de Rais, who was also Naschy's inspiration for his Alaric de Marnac character; (theatrically released in Spain & Belgium in 1974); the international English-dubbed version was apparently released direct to video & DVD only, as The Devil's Possessed)
  • La Cruz del Diablo (The Devil's Cross) 1974; based on the works of Gustavo Becquer, this film was directed by British Hammer Films veteran John Gilling; Naschy wrote the original screenplay, but lost creative control of the project & was replaced in the lead role by another actor after feuding with Gilling; Naschy later wished his name had been removed entirely from the credits; (theatrically released only in Spain in March, 1975); available on DVD in Spanish language only
  • Exorcismo (Exorcism) 1974, (aka The Nights of Satan (Italy), aka Night of the Exorcist (Argentina)); directed by Juan Bosch; Naschy claimed he wrote this film several years before The Exorcist was released; (first released in Spain in March, 1975); released direct to video & DVD in U.S. as Exorcism
  • Los Pasajeros (The Travelers) 1975, slasher film directed by Jose Antonio Barrero; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Muerte de un Quinqui (Death of a Hoodlum) 1975, directed by Leon Klimovsky (crime drama); (not shown in U.S.).
  • Docteur Justice (Dr. Justice) 1975, (aka Ambicion Fallida / Failed Ambition (Spain), aka "La Petroliera Fantasma (Italy)); directed by Christian-Jaque (crime drama based on a French comic book called "Dr. Justice"); starred Gert Froebe & John Phillip Law; (not shown in U.S.).
  • La Maldicion de la Bestia (Curse of the Beast) 1975, directed by Miguel Iglesias Bonns (aka The Werewolf and the Yeti, aka Night of the Howling Beast)
  • Inquisicion (Inquisition) 1976, 1st film ever directed by Paul Naschy; (first released in Spain in 1978); an English-dubbed version was released direct to video & DVD in U.S. as Inquisition
  • Secuestro (Kidnapped) 1976, crime drama directed by Leon Klimovsky; (not shown in U.S.)
  • Ultimo Deseo (Final Desire) 1977, (aka The People Who Own the Dark (U.S. release title); film's original working title was Planeta Ciego / Blind Planet); sci-fi film directed by Leon Klimovsky, this film was released in both an edited "clothed" and unedited "nude" version; (theatrically released in Spain in Nov., 1977, and in the U.S. in 1979); available on DVD as The People Who Own the Dark
  • Muerte de un Presidente 1977 (aka Comando Txikia); action film directed by Jose Luis Madrid; Naschy only acted in this film & didn't help write it; (not shown in U.S.)
  • El Transexual (The Transexual) 1977, controversial crime drama directed by Jose Jara; (not shown in U.S.).
  • El Francotirador (The Franco Killer) 1977, aka The Sniper; action film directed by Carlos Puerto; (not shown in U.S.).
  • El Huerto del Francés (The Frenchman's Garden) 1977 (aka La Casa que Abre de Noche (Mexico); crime drama based on a true story, written & directed by Paul Naschy; theatrically released only in Spain & Mexico in 1977; (not shown in U.S.)
  • Mortal Sin (1977) aka Pecado Mortal; directed by Miguel Angel Diez; (not shown in U.S.)
  • Madrid al Desnudo (Naked Madrid) 1979; written & directed by Naschy; (not shown in U.S.)
  • El Caminante (The Traveler) 1979, written & directed by Paul Naschy who plays the Devil in this highly acclaimed fantasy film; (Naschy won awards for this film in 1979 at both the 9th Annual Festival of Fantastic Cinema and Sci-Fi in Paris, and the International Festival of Imaginary Cinema and Sci-Fi in Madrid); theatrically released only in Spain in April, 1980; (not shown in U.S.)
  • El Carnaval de las Bestias (The Carnival of the Beasts) 1980, aka The Pig; (Alternate Spanish title was Bestias Humanas/ Human Beasts); directed by Paul Naschy, this film was a Spanish/Japanese co-production dealing with cannibalism; (theatrically released only in Spain in Dec., 1980); later released direct to DVD in U.S. as Human Beasts
  • Misterio en la Isla de los Monstruos (Mystery on Monster Island) 1980, (aka Das Geheimnis der Monsterinsel (Germany)); directed by Juan Piquer Simon, said to be based on a Jules Verne story; Paul Naschy and Peter Cushing each play a small role in this action adventure, but do not share any scenes; (theatrically released in Spain, France, Germany & Belgium in 1980); released direct to TV & video only in U.S. & England
  • Los Cantabros (The Cantabrians) 1980, peplum written & directed by Paul Naschy; Naschy took this project over from Spanish horror film director Amando de Ossorio, who had originally been hired to direct it; Naschy totally rewrote the screenplay and recast the film; (not shown in U.S.).
  • La Batalla del Porro (The Battle of the Moron) 1982; comedy directed by Joan Minguell; (not shown in U.S.)
  • Buenas Noches, Señor Monstruo (Good Night, Mr. Monster) 1982, directed by Antonio Mercero; Naschy played a werewolf in this children's musical comedy; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Panic Beats (Latidos de Panico) 1982; directed by Paul Naschy, this film featured the return of Naschy's medieval warlock Alaric de Marnac; this was the first film produced by Naschy's own production company Aconito Films; theatrically released only in Spain in May, 1983; later released direct to DVD in U.S in Spanish/ subtitled format only
  • La Bestia y la Espada Magica (The Beast and the Magic Sword) 1983; directed by Paul Naschy, this was a Spanish/ Japanese co-production; Naschy's wife Elvira and his 2 sons played a cameo in one scene (film was never dubbed in English, nor shown in U.S.)
  • Mi Amigo el Vagabundo (My Friend, the Vagabond) 1984; written, directed by & starring Paul Naschy; (not shown in U.S.)
  • La Tercera Mujer (The Third Woman) 1984, made for Japanese TV; director unknown; never shown anywhere outside of Japan
  • El Ultimo Kamikaze (The Last Kamikaze) 1984; action film directed by Paul Naschy, this was a Spanish/ Japanese co-production; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Operation Mantis (1984) spy spoof directed by Paul Naschy; this was the film that resulted in Naschy's production company going bankrupt; Naschy's father Enrique Molina died during this time period; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Mordiendo la Vida (Biting Life) 1987; directed by Martin Garrido; never shown anywhere outside of Spain
  • El Aullido del Diablo (Howl of the Devil) 1987, directed by Paul Naschy (starring Caroline Munro and Howard Vernon); features a brief cameo of Naschy made up as El Hombre Lobo, and Naschy's son Sergio Molina in a major role; (released directly to TV only in Spain in 1988); not shown in U.S.; not available in English language
  • Shadows of Blood (1988) amateurish crime film shot on video in the Netherlands; directed by Sydney Ling; Naschy later regretted appearing in this one (not shown in U.S.)
  • El Ultimo Guateque 2 (The Last Party II) 1988; comedy directed by Juan Jose Porto; (not shown in U.S.)
  • La Hija de Fu Manchu (The Daughter of Fu Manchu) 1990; short film directed by Santiago Aguilar & Luis Guridi; never shown outside of Spain
  • Horror en el Musea de Cera (Horror in the Wax Museum) 1990; written & directed by Paul Naschy, this film was apparently never released anywhere; soon after, Naschy suffered a near-fatal heart attack on Aug. 27, 1991.
  • State of Mind (1992) directed by Reginald Adamson, this was a violent prison film co-starring Fred Williamson; (not shown in U.S.).
  • La Noche del Ejecutor (Night of the Executioner) 1992; violent vigilante movie directed by Paul Naschy; (not shown in U.S.)
  • El Necrofago (The Necrophage) 1994; short film directed by Gonzalo Fuentes; never shown in U.S.
  • Los Resucitados (The Resurrected) 1995; an unfinished project Naschy was to have starred in
  • Hambre Mortal (Mortal Hunger) 1996; a satirical homage directed by Toni Escalonilla; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Cientificament Perfectes (Scientifically Perfect) 1996; sci-fi special effects film directed by F. X. Capell; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Licántropo (Lycantropus: The Moonlight Murders) 1996, aka The Full Moon Killer; directed by Francisco Gordillo; available in U.S. on DVD
  • El Ojo de la Medusa (Eye of the Medusa) 1997, crime drama directed by Jose Cabanach; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Erase Otra Vez (Once Upon A Time Again) 2000; drama directed by Juan Pinzas; (not shown in U.S.).
  • La Gran Vida (The Great Life) 2000, aka Living It Up; comedy directed by Antonio Cuardi; (not shown in U.S.)
  • El Lado Oscuro (aka The Dark Side) 2001, directed by Luciano Berriatua; (not shown in U.S.)
  • School Killer (aka The Vigilante) 2001, crime drama directed by Carlos Gil; never dubbed in English; released on DVD in Spanish/ subtitled as School Killer.
  • Mucha Sangre (translation: Lots of Blood) 2001; crime/sci-fi/comedy directed by Pepe de las Heras; (not shown in U.S.).
  • Octavia (2002) drama directed by Basilio Patino; (not shown in U.S.)
  • El Corazon Delator (The Tell-Tale Heart) 2003, 10-minute horror short directed by Alfonso Suarez, based on the famous Edgar Allan Poe story; (not shown in U.S.)
  • Tomb of the Werewolf (aka The Unliving) 2004; directed in Hollywood by Fred Olen Ray, filmed on video, no theatrical release; released on DVD.
  • Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood, 2004; directed in Hollywood by Don Glut, this film was shot back-to-back with Fred Olen Ray's Tomb of the Werewolf in 2004; filmed on video, no theatrical release; released on DVD.
  • Rojo Sangre (Blood Red) (2004) directed by Christian Molina (Naschy plays an aging ex-horror film actor in this horror thriller); released in U.S. direct to DVD
  • Rottweiler (2004) directed by Brian Yuzna in Spain (sci-fi/ horror); available on DVD in Spanish language only
  • Um Lobisomem na Amazonia (A Werewolf in the Amazon) (2005) aka Amazonia Misteriosa; directed in Brazil by Ivan Cardoso; story based on H. G. Wells' novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau"; (not shown in U.S.)
  • La duodécima hora (The Twelfth Hour) (2007) directed by Juanma Ruiz and Rodrigo Plaza; faux-documentary about a hidden mystery within the copies of F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu; Limited film festival screenings only in Spain; publicly available only on the Internet.

Posthumously released projects[edit]

Naschy died on November 30, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.

  • La Herencia Valdemar (The Valdemar Legacy) (2010) directed in Spain by Jose Luis Aleman; filmed in 2008 in all likelihood.
  • Empusa (2012) vampire film directed in Spain by Paul Naschy in 2009. Film was co-written by Paul Naschy and Carlos Aured, co-starring Paul Naschy & Antonio Mayans[5]

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