by Randy Fox
The terrible twosome of Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn return to the Cult Fiction Underground with Naschy Nights 2, a tribute to the king of Spanish monster movies, Paul Naschy. Barnett and Guinn host the locally-produced NaschyCast podcast, a freewheeling discussion and dissection of the strange, sometimes cheesy, but always fascinating films of the man who portrayed a veritable army of tragic boogeymen in his 50-year film career.
Tonight's feature, Count Dracula’s Great Love (1974), stars Naschy as the good Count in a swinging ’70s gothic feature loaded with blood, breasts and a tragic timeless love story. Take that Twilight!
Saturday night, Naschy is back, with hump in tow, in The Hunchback of the Morgue (1972). What starts out as a simple tale of tragic love and revenge takes so many left turns that the plot of the film is soon staggering about like a drunken toddler — wielding very sharp knives. Eventually this Iberian WTF-fest stumbles into Lovecraftian cataclysm. With flying rats, the world’s largest beer mugs and of course, the Naschy machismo machine working in overdrive, despite his stooped posture (hey, there are perks to being a star!)
Count Dracula’s Great Love runs at 8 & 10 p.m. tonight, and The Hunchback of the Morgue is at 8 & 10 p.m. Saturday, at the Cult Fiction Underground at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium.
Read about the first Naschy Nights in the feature I wrote about it back in January.