The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman

December 22, 2015 at 2:10 am (5 Heads, Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman) (, , , , , , )

The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman – 1971 – Spain

Two female folklore students explore the French countryside, searching for the tomb of a medieval countess. They get lost and arrive at the villa of a genteel writer and his demented sister. The students live with the writer while he helps them look for the tomb. They eventually find it in a spooky ruined monastery, but accidentally revive the countess, who is a vampire. In the following days, one student becomes a vampire, and the other student falls in love with the writer. The writer reveals himself to be a werewolf, and then kills the vampire.

The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman is directed by Leon Klimovsky and stars Paul Naschy. It is a direct sequel to The Fury of the Wolf Man (1970), and the fifth in a series of films about the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky.

Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman is a competent but uninspired effort. The simple plot boils down to various encounters between the werewolf and the vampire, culminating with them brawling anticlimactically. Some interesting subplots are introduced. People from a nearby village know about the werewolf, but are too scared to kill him. The countess became a vampire after performing an arcane satanic ritual. Unfortunately, neither idea is ever developed.

Instead, Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman focuses on creating eerie ambiance. The vampire wears a veil and flowing robe, and always moves in slow motion. Images of her drifting through the scenic foggy locations are beautiful and dream-like. She puts her victims in a hypnotic trance, and the biting scenes are very homoerotic. Contrasting this, the bestial werewolf savagely mauls people. Meanwhile, the students and villagers seem more bewildered than terrified while interacting with these supernatural beings. The resulting atmosphere is quite surreal.

Rating: 5/10 Shrunken Heads. In the opening scene, a doctor doubts the veracity of werewolves and is immediately torn apart by one. When are these people going to learn?

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