Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Paul Naschy, Fabiola Falcon, Faye Falcon, Ines Morales, Maritza Olivares, Patty Shepard
Directed by Carlos Aured
Distributed by BCI/Deimos Entertainment
There are movies out there that came out of the glorious Seventies that can make you believe that at the time of their production the filmmaker, the crew, the studio, and everyone who was involved with the project was completely and thoroughly stoned immaculate for the entire time of their tenure on said film. Remember the term “far out“? Need an example of exactly what that meant? Look no further than Paul Naschy’s Curse of the Devil.
Here’s the plot; just try and follow along: Hundreds of years ago Elizabeth Bathory and her coven put a curse on the Daninsky family right before their execution that would have the family’s blood line forever cursed with lycanthropy that would lay dormant until the right time. Fast forward years later, and the latest member of the Daninsky clan accidentally kills a gypsy while hunting. This brings down the wrath of a practicing Satanic coven who further curse the unlucky bastard via a ritual that finds him bitten him with “Satan’s Teeth” thus bringing all that forgotten werewolf jazz front and center. But wait! There’s more! A crazed axe murderer is also roaming the countryside, and he digs on chopping off heads! What happens when he runs into Daninsky? How’s that for a showdown? Werewolf vs. Crazed Axe Murderer!?! While it never turns into an outright bout of slash-ticuffs, it’s still a great premise that will leave you swimming in the great acid-laden Seventies abyss!
This flick sports quite the pedigree of weirdness:
Honestly, what more could you want? Though the plot is totally contrived and void of any cohesion, Curse of the Devil still manages to entertain without missing a beat and also happens to be one of the most violent Naschy films ever. True, some victims look as if someone poured spaghetti on them, but don’t ruin the illusion, damnit!
It’s a wonder to me that this film didn’t get a more fitting DVD treatment. In terms of supplemental material all we get is a still gallery. That’s it. Not even a trailer. What the hell happened? I’m still scratching my head. Nonetheless, this is the best looking and most complete cut of the film ever available, and that in and of itself makes it worth the cash!
Curse of the Devil is a flick that belongs in your DVD collection. If only for its sheer absurdity. Get your hands on it, call your friends, smoke ’em if you got ’em (no matter what they are), and indulge yourself of one of the strangest DVD trips you’re ever likely to take!
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