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Old 09-26-12, 04:53 PM
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"Night of the Werewolf" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 29






Night of the Werewolf (1981)



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Old 09-26-12, 11:03 PM
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Re: "Night of the Werewolf" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 29

Got this one confused with La Noche De Walpurgis (1970, aka Werewolf Shadow); good thing there's YouTube.

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Re: "Night of the Werewolf" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 29

I'm happy this was chosen. I've owned the Blu-ray for a long time and have never gotten around to watching it. Now I have to!
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I liked Night of the Werewolf much better than I expected. The pacing is good, there's not a lot of lulls before or during the action. I wish I could have caught it on a better source than YouTube (part 4 is all trailers for other Naschy films) and half expected to laboriously watch chunks of grainy footage to salvage the subset challenge but it pulled me in. Compared to similar plot of 1970s Werewolf Shadow the pace, plot, and atmosphere were a lot better in Night of the Werewolf. The Bathory character seemed like a gutsy choice but worked well. They turned up the fog machine for this one, pulled out the orangish stage lighting, and blew the budget on candles but executed off an atmospheric film propelled by castle and nocturnal settings with admirable cinematography. The vampire/Bathory women standing over the tomb surrounded with fog or their slow paced stroll from the crypt are memorble. This turned out to be one of my favorite viewings this challenge.

I wish there was ambiguity or thematic depth in a lot of these werewolf films to better explore the metaphor of mankind struggling with his animal nature. Especially Night of the Werewolf with the male werewolf surrounded by female vampire adversaries seems like it could have more subtext than was apparent to me.
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