Of course, you can’t have a slew of werewolf movies without him fighting another movie monster. Even back in the day, you had Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, and a slew of movies have followed ever since. Today’s movie is one of the multiple werewolf movies that Paul Naschy did back in the 60’s-70’s but for some reason, when I saw the title I thought of an episode of the old Ghostbuster’s cartoon. In that cartoon, the Ghostbusters find themselves in an out of the way town in the woods that has a vampire problem, only to find that the town’s original residents were werewolves, and since their weapons have no effect on them, they Ghostbusters basically just trap both groups of monsters in the town. Now, I know that today’s movie will be nothing like that so let’s see what exactly it does entail as I watch The Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Women.
The plot: Dr. Hartwig and his companion head into a cemetery late at night to examine the body of Waldemar Daninsky, a recently killed man suspected of being a werewolf. As the two men argue over whether werewolfs actually exist, Hartwig decides to remove the two silver bullets from Daninsky’s body, saying that if he really is a werewolf, he will come back to life. After the bullets are removed and nothing happens, Hartwig taunts his companion but as they smoke a cigarette, Daninsky comes back to life and kills them, then kills a young woman in the woods as he leaves the cemetery. Some time later, Elvira is talking to a friend of hers, Inspector Marcel, about her trip through Europe to try and find the grave of a murderess and suspected vampire, Countess Wandesa Darvula de Nadasdy, for her graduation project. The next day, Elvira and her friend Genevieve head out and eventually come to the ruins of a castle. As Elvira explores the castle, she runs into Daninsky, who invites her and Genevieve to stay at his house when their car runs out of gas. As they talk during dinner, Elvira explains why they are there and Daninsky gets a strange look on his face when she mentions they are looking for Nadasdy’s tomb. As they go to sleep, Elvira is unnerved by the situation, saying something wasn’t right about Daninsky, but Genevieve thinks it is simply her nerves and says they should enjoy the hospitality. That night, as Elvira lies awake in bed, a strange woman enters the room and begins to attack her. When she regains consciousness, Elvira finds Daninsky sitting on the side of her bed and he apologizes for what happened and says he will explain everything to her. As they sit outside, Daninsky explains that the woman is his sister Elizabeth, whom he takes care of as she suffered an accident some time ago. While they are talking, Genevieve is exploring the grounds and finds a shack filled with bloody chains and blood on the walls and floor when Elizabeth appears and attacks Genevieve, rendering her unconscious. Daninsky and Elvira hear the commotion and take Genevieve back to the house, where Elvira tends to Genevieve’s wounds and tries to explain things to her. Meanwhile, Daninsky chastises Elizabeth and tells her not to scare them off, as they might be his last chance. Later, Daninsky, Elvira, and Genevieve go over the old maps and legends and figure out where Nadasdy’s tomb might be so they head out. The eventually find it near the ruins of a monastary and open the tomb to find a coffin inside. Elvira leaves, not wanting to see what is inside, and Daninsky opens it to find a skeleton inside. Genevieve takes some pictures and examines the skeleton but cuts her hand, getting blood onto the skeleton before Daninsky is able to tend to her wound. Meanwhile, Elvira is heading back to the car when she encounters a decayed figure in a robe. As she runs from the figure, it suddenly disintegrates just as Daninsky appears, and he tells her they should leave. That night, as they are getting ready for bed, Genevieve finds herself drawn outside, where she is met by the revived Nadasdy. Nadasdy sucks some more of Genevieve’s blood, then embraces Genevieve and leads her away, as Elizabeth watches this all happen. Inside the house, Elvira goes looking for Genevieve and discovers Elizabeth’s body on the stairs, then sees Genevieve approaching her, having been turned into a vampire by Nadasdy, but Genevieve quickly flees when Daninsky appears, holding a crucifix. The next day, Daninsky says he will take care of Elizabeth’s body and tells Elvira that she must leave here but Elvira refuses, saying that she loves him and wants to stay by his side so he says that she should head into the village to get some gas for her car. Daninsky heads out and buries Elizabeth, hammering a stake through her heart and chopping off her head before he does so. Meanwhile, Elvira has gone to get the gas and was given a ride back to the house when they encounter Genevieve and Nadasdy, who walk by Elvira and Pierre and disappear into the woods, as Elvira is holding the crucifix Daninsky gave her to keep them at bay. That night, Daninsky transforms into a werewolf and smashes his way out of the house and starts roaming the woods. Meanwhile, Elvira has a dream where Genevieve and Nadasdy stab her throat and drink her blood, leaving her for dead but she wakes and clutches the crucifix to her chest. The next morning, Daninsky returns to the house and is met by Elvira, and he tells her the truth about his condition and she promises to help him through it. That night, Genevieve attacks Elvira and drinks her blood but as she leaves, she encounters Daninsky and they struggle before he shoves her and she falls onto a cross, impaling herself in the chest. Daninsky checks on her the next day and they make plans to leave the area but Daninsky says that they should wait till after the full moon passes. Daninsky has Elvira chain him in the shack, warning her to keep the crucifix with her as Nadasdy might come back for her but as she wanders the house, she is grabbed by Pierre, who intends to kidnap and rape her. Daninsky transforms and breaks free of his chains and encounters Pierre carrying Elvira and quickly kills him. The next day, Marcel arrives in town and after learning where Elvira is staying, goes to see her but she rebuffs his advances, as she is in love with Daninsky. Daninsky speaks with Marcel, who is worried for Elvira’s safety with all the strange events going on, and Daninsky agrees that it might be best if Elvira leave. Daninsky convinces Elvira to leave with Marcel but as they leave town, they are captured by Nadasdy, who chains them to the walls of her new tomb. The next night, Nadasdy prepares to kill Elvira to summon Satan but Daninsky, who had been hunting her new lair, finds them. Placing a crucifix over the entrance way so that Nadasdy can’t escape, Daninsky works on freeing Elvira but after she is free, Daninsky transforms into a werewolf. Daninsky then begins fighting with Nadasdy, eventually killing her. He then approaches Elvira, who stabs him with the silver crucifix, killing him and ending his suffering, as only someone that loves him could truly kill him. As Daninsky’s body transforms back to human, Elvira works on freeing Marcel and they leave the tomb together.
This is a pretty decent movie story-wise but the camera work didn’t really help it. The acting was good, with Paul Naschy doing a good job reprising the role of Waldemar Daninsky, while Gaby Fuchs, Barbara Capell, and Patty Shepard did good jobs as Elvira, Genevieve, and Nadasdy respectively. The story was pretty interesting, continuing where the previous werewolf movie that Naschy made left off. I liked the concept of how Nadasdy was brought back but felt there were some ways that they could have done a better job with it. The pacing also felt odd, as there were cut aways that just seemed to break up any tension that was building, as well as random events that just seemed thrown in for no real reason, like Pierre trying to steal and kidnap Elvira. I don’t know if it is the copy in this box set or the actual movie but a lot of the camera work and editing was just terrible. There was one point where Elvira’s face was blue, and like I said, I don’t know if it is the copy, or the original shotty editing that is the cause. A lot of potential but definitely something that could have been better made.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5