Romasanta (Werewolf Hunter - Legend of Romasanta) (2005)
A bloody trail of mutilated corpses leaves a remote village frozen with fear in this full moon tale of terror starring Julian Sands and directed by El Segundo Nombre's Francisco Plaza. When authorities discover a number of bodies bearing wounds of surgical precision mixed with savage gashes deep within the nearby forest, the citizens of Allariz vow never again to set foot in the dreaded woods. Though a wandering soap vendor named Manuel Romasanta has confessed to the crimes claiming that he used the fat of the victims as the foundation for his deep cleansing skin care products, a deeper investigation reveals that Romasanta may in fact be suffering from the curse of lycanthropy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
as Manuel Blanco Romasa...
as Inspector Luciano
as Prof. Philips
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Critic Reviews for Romasanta (Werewolf Hunter - Legend of Romasanta)
With great acting, and a tense story, this is an obscure gem worth watching.
Audience Reviews for Romasanta (Werewolf Hunter - Legend of Romasanta)
Brings the werewolf legend as near to reality as possible.
Trivia provided on IMDb says the movie is based on the case of serial killer Manuel Blanco Romasanta who murdered 13 people in 1850s Spain. He claimed a curse turned him into a wolf causing him to kill. Because of these claims, Queen Isabella II acquitted him.
I think this movie gets a lot of things right in exploring the origins of the werewolf legend in relatively recent history. The movie is slowly paced and the acting quality often reminded me of a made for TV movie. Julian and Elsa are strong as the leads though. The story is suspenseful and seems realistic for the most part. I particularly liked the interplay between the district attorney (Piquer) and the professor (Gant). The investigative skills employed at the time to bring this criminal to justice and the scientific/psychological theories being tested out almost make it like CSI.
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