Spain's legendary master of the macabre, Paul Naschy (born Jacinto Molina Alvarez), has died in Madrid, according to Spanish news reports. Often referred to as the "Spanish Boris Karloff" or "Lon Chaney of Spain," Naschy was a writer, director, and actor, appearing in dozens of charmingly low-budget movies beginning in the late 1960s.
Naschy was well-known in cult movie circles for his recurring character Waldemar Daninsky, a sort of Larry Talbot figure doomed to monstrous transformations throughout several not-really related movies. Of course as his movies were released around the world, they were randomly retitled, so I can't even really recall which ones I've seen! I seem to recall enjoying Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, Horror Rises from the Tomb, and Werewolf Shadow the most. Queue up those Netflix!
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