by Randy Fox
In the history of horror cinema there is only one actor that can lay claim to having portrayed a werewolf, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, a mummy, a hunchback, Jack the Ripper and the Devil. While English-speaking terrorphiles might guess Karloff, Chaney or Price as the prolific purveyor of this one-man creature feature, the true maestro of monsters was Spanish actor-writer-director Jacinto Molina Álvarez, known to his fans around the world as Paul Naschy.
In a career that stretched from the early 1960s until his death in 2009, Naschy appeared in almost 100 feature films of all varieties. But his heart always lay in horror — especially his 12-movie series centered on the tragic lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky. In America, his low-budget films were often butchered by severe cutting and burdened with atrocious dubbing as low-rent distributors sold them off to the drive-in circuit and for television syndication.
This weekend, two of Naschy’s classics receive the respect they deserve with the two-night “Naschy Fest” at the Cult Fiction Underground theater at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium. Hosted by local film writer Rod Barnett and Nashville musician Troy Guinn — the fiends behind the monthly “NaschyCast” podcast — the event will present two screenings each of Night of the Werewolf (1968) on Friday night and Horror Rises from the Tomb (1972) on Saturday. ...