Fury of the Wolfman Reviews
July 20, 2012
This One I viewed out of a Mill Creek Movie Pack, 50 Nightmare Worlds. One of many Paul Naschy Werewolf Films. Not sure how much cutting Mill Creek Did but it seem like it cut a lot. About 8 minutes worth throughout the film. But I will add a different version for my Paul Naschy Collection.
May 20, 2013
It lacks in plot, but at least the wolfman looks decent enough. The characters aren't great, the pacing is slow, and the story is confusing. It does have enough scenes with the Wolfman though, which is reason enough to not give this film a total fail rating compared to other 'Wolfman' films.
July 15, 2010
Being on a bit of a bad movie fix lately, I've been picking up a couple cheapie titles here and there on DVD. One such title I picked up is Jose Maria Zabalza's bizarre little 1972 Spanish horror flick The Fury of the Wolfman, also known as The Wolfman Never Sleeps. Right behind zombies and vampires, werewolves are my third favorite movie monster of all time. Aside from a handful of titles like 1941's The Wolf Man, Silver Bullet and Dog Soldiers there are very few werewolf movies that I honestly enjoy immensely. The Fury of the Wolfman isn't joining the ranks of the ones I love.
To kick things off to how weird of a film this one is, the main character Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) becomes plagued by the werewolf curse after being attacked and bitten by a Yeti in Tibet. I wasn't aware that an attack by a Yeti, which I believe is more along the lines of being an ape-like creature, could cause someone to turn into a werewolf. Maybe it's part of some sort of monster exchange program, where monsters try out other monster's tactics to see if they can learn anything from the experience.
From there the film really began to lose me. The Fury of the Wolfman is far too crammed with needless stuff that drags the film down. It spends far too much time with folklore and scientific mumbo-jumbo, and very little time with actual werewolf carnage. Then Waldemar becomes a sort of experiment/slave with a female scientist, who uses mind control to get him to do her violent bidding. I would have been fine with that, if the film didn't open itself up to so many questions about her. Like what the hell was the deal with all of those chained up people in this woman's basement?
The movie could have offered better wolfman action than it supplies. I'll be forgiving with the fact that the werewolf make-up looks terrible, but I won't with the fact that nothing he does is that great. Werewolves are suppose to be violent, merciless creatures. Not this slow, staggering monster who lazily manages to kill his victims. The damn movie is called The FURY of the Wolfman... well, where the hell is the damn FURY?!?!
The Fury of the Wolfman does work to an extent, but only as an "it's so bad it's fun" kind of movie. Nothing that happens in this movie will stick with you in a positive way after you've finished watching it. But I'm sure that with the numerous unintentionally funny moments provided by this film, you won't forget the experience anytime soon. I guess I'll have to look elsewhere for a good werewolf movie.
September 21, 2008
Anything Paul Naschy is in has to be rotten. Add this to the list. Low budget Spanish horror flick and it stinks. The plot is lame, the acting bad and the direction an embarrassment.
November 30, 2006
When a globe-trotting scientist (Naschy) contracts lycanthropy, he becomes the latest subject of the twisted experiments of a mad scientist (Cristal) and her all-woman team of graduate student assistants.
"The Fury of the Wolfman" is a mess of a movie. It's over-long, partially due to the fact that the creators seemed to want to cram every legend and scientific-sounding theory they'd heard about werewolves into the picture and tie them into the efforts of their multi-discipline mad scientist... who is working on several mind control projects [i]and[/i] creating human/plant hybrids in the basement of her creepy castle. And then there's the completely superflous plotline involving a reporter and a police inspector who are both trying to track down the wolfman.
Another issue with the film is the title. It would have been more aptly named "Moonlight Strolls of the Wolfman" or "The Wolfman, Starring WB's Tazmanian Devil"... because the wolfman spends much of his time just wandering about, and when he's snarling, he sounds exactly like the Tazmanian Devil from the old Bugs Bunny cartoons. While this does give rise to much unintended hilarity, it doesn't make for much of a horror film.
The movie is at its best as the poor victim of lycanthropy and a newfound ally try to escape the mad scientist's castle. But this is about ten minutes of the running time, and even here the film lapses into unintended comedy.
"The Fury of the Wolfman" is fast enough paced, has enough characters behaving stupidlyl, and enough instances of fullblown, unintended comedic disaster that it would make for a fine addition to a "Bad Movie Nite" party... but that's all it's good for.
The Fury of the Wolfman (aka "The Wolfman Never Sleeps")
Starring: Paul Naschy, Perla Cristal, Veronica Lujan, and Mark Stevens
Director: Jose Maria Zabalza