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Author Topic: Night of the Howling Beast / La Maldicion de La Bestia (M. I. Bonns, 1975)  (Read 6381 times)

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NIGHT OF THE HOWLING BEAST 1975 aka LA MALDICION DE LA BESTIA aka THE WEREWOLF & THE YETI

Paul Naschy, Sylvia Solar

Directed by Miguel Iglesias Bonns

An expedition into the Snow covered mountains of Tibet to find the legendary Yeti turns into a nightmare as the group are set upon my castle dwelling bandits and their queen. Meanwhile, Daninsky is transformed into a werewolf after an encounter with two cannibal-vampire women. The expedition must contend with the bandits, the werewolf and finally, the Yeti during the closing moments of the film.

Naschy's eighth Daninsky role sees him in an unusual film yet again. This film has everything in a veritable monster stew and is filled with action. At least the way I remember it. I haven't seen the film since I sold the old Super Video VHS (kicking myself for that one now) but I was inspired to write a review of it after seeing two other Naschy films Halloween night. At the time it was my favorite Naschy movie and it still stands as a favorite although his HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (1972) is ahead by a hair. The Super Video release was supposed to be uncut and it did feature numerous scenes of gore and plentiful nudity. I remember the skin flaying scene was troublesome for the UK release.

The plot again is a bit of a mess and the Yeti angle seems tacked on but then the original title makes no mention of the creature anyways. In the film, Naschy joins the expedition to find the Yeti only for he and his guide to become lost in a snow storm. The two end up in a cave occupied by two women. In a sex scene bordering on hardcore, Naschy has intercourse with both women at the same time. He later awakens to see the two women eating the remains of his friend. One of the female monsters bites him but he manages to kill them both. Inflicted with the werewolf curse, he begins snuffing out members of the search party as well as the mountain bandits who also have interest in the torture and murder of the mountain interlopers.

I remember one character impaled onto a spear in the snow from either his side or his buttocks and exiting his shoulder dying a slow death. When Naschy and his remaining party are captured, they are taken to the castle of the villains where the leader, a nasty sorceress of sorts, Wandesa, enjoys having her captives flayed alive. Naturally, Naschy and friends escape and some exciting fight scenes take place with Naschy in human form. Oh, there's also a magic red(?) flower that can cure the werewolf curse. During the final 30 second wrestling match with the Yeti, the young lady finds the flower and mixes it with her blood feeding it to Daninsky freeing him of the curse. Again, the notion of love saving the savage beast appears. This is also the only Naschy werewolf film where he doesn't die.

An enjoyable and rousing romp with a number of standout scenes. The sex scene for one is strong for the time and the inclusion of vampire cannibal women with the ability to turn a man into a werewolf(!) is a typically wacky concept generally found in Naschy's movies. The skin flaying scene is suitably nasty and the duel between Daninsky and the main heavy towards the end is quite exciting and well staged, at least I remember it being so.

I think this one has already been remastered and released on Spanish video so this is one title I'm really looking forward to although I imagine the graphic sex scene is more than likely missing from the Spanish release. BEAST & THE MAGIC SWORD (1983), one of Naschy's numerous Spain/Japan co-productions is also eagerly awaited and in his memoirs it's listed as his best werewolf picture.

I really loved NIGHT OF THE HOWLING BEAST and despise the fact that I sold it years back along with the forgettable Naschy movie THE FURY OF THE WOLFMAN (1970) as well as numerous other OOP titles. Hopefully, a US DVD release of this isn't too far around the corner.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Here's the release. I thought I'd seen it recently...

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/maldicion-bestia-p-7360.html

I'm almost tempted to buy it to see it but I'm sure that rather long sex scene is cut.
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Raf A.

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Finally finished synching the English audio. It's the spanish dvd from tripictures. Looks very good. There's an interview with Naschy on the disc, but only in Spanish. If someone wants to sub the interview, I'll send the dvd to them.
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Awesome job with this one, the synch is very well done. 
Congratulations and thanks...I found it on the net.

Raf A.

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Awesome job with this one, the synch is very well done. 
Congratulations and thanks...I found it on the net.
Thanks for your kind words mate!
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Just popped up a VHS Archives entry for this one; post includes a few foreign sleeves and the French trailer.

http://bruceholecheck.blogspot.com/2012/06/vhs-archives-miguel-iglesias-bonns.html

Still looking for a good scan of the alternate US tape from Majestic as HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING, the two Spanish tapes, and whatever else is out there!
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This is confirmed ( by owners Victory Films ) to be a bootleg.
It will almost certainly rip off the Spanish Tri Pictures DVD and the subtitles may or may not be ripped from the fansubbed version.  What everyone wants is the uncovered version in HD....crap releases like this will help ensure it never happens.

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crap releases like this will help ensure it never happens.

For years I've heard that the amount of money they're asking will help to do the same? Not that I condone the bootlegging at all but it's just a shame a bit of realism isn't being applied.
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