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Students Elvira (Gaby Fuchs) & Genevieve (Barbara Capell) travel
through the rural South of France to research the legend of vampiric
Countess Wandessa (Patty Shepard). Amidst some ruins they are
investigating they meet Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy), a charming man
who has some issues - he is unbeknowest to them a werewolf -, & his
slightly homicidal sister Elisabeth (Yelena Samarina) - who is not a
werewolf but is killed off pretty early in the film.
Daninsky does not only offer them to stay at his place, but he also
helps them find the grave of Wandessa, & open it up ... & as it
happens in such films, Genevieve cuts herself while doing so, the blood
falls on the Countess' skeleton, & - well, you can figure the
The night after Wandessa's unearthing, she appears to Genevieve ...
& drags her off into her shadow world. Daninsky urges Elvira to leave,
but she has now 2 reasons to stay, to find Genevieve ... & of course she
has fallen in love with Daninsky as well.
The next night, Daninsky wants to fight Wandessa, but he is rendeered
pretty much useless when the full moon turns him into a wolf & he
kills some locals instead. Wandessa & Laura have meanwhile gotten
themselves a taste of Elvira's blood, & she is soon on the verge of
becoming a vampire, but gets instantly better when Daninsky stakes
The next night, Daninsky urges Elvira to chain him up so he cannot harm
her, but when she, without protection, is attacked & almost raped by
Daninsky's deranged handyman Pierre (José Marco), Daninsky - in his
lupine form - breaks his chains & kills Pierre ...
Meanwhile, Elvira's ex-boyfriend, inspector Marcell (Andrés Resino)
has caught up with her & tries to force Daninsky to let her go (even
if she stays of her own free will). Since this night is Walpurgis night
(the night of the devil), Daninsky agrees to let her go, knowing that this
night he hasx to face Wandessa in a final showdown. But of course, when
trying to leave, Elvira & Marcell are captured by Wandessa, who wants
to use them in this night's devil's sacrifice.
LAter, in Wandessa's dungeon, when she prepares to sacrifice Elvira
& Marcell, Daninsky interferes. But it seems that he can do very
little against a full-fledged vampire & the approaching devil ...
well, at least as a man, but then he turns into a wrewolf, & as
werewolf, he can finally wrestle down & kill Wandessa.
But ultimately, to save her own life, Elvira has to kill him with a
silver cross he has brought - & maybe fulfill his greatest wish ...
Because this film dared more than could previously been shown on
Spanish moviescreens, El Noche de Walpurgis is considered as a
seminal Spanish horrorfilm. The film as a whole is a piece of very
likeable Eurotrash: a silly incoherent story, mostly wooden actors, &
a direction that alters between being obviously too hurried & surprisingly
atmospheric all add up to a fun piece of horror cinema that should by no
means be taken too seriously.