Bizarre international versions of classic movie monsters


After having directed several terrible horror films on his own, such as “Teenage Zombies” in the 1960s, the American filmmaker jerry warren came up with the idea of ​​buying horror films from other countries and reworking them to create new titles that were more palatable to American audiences. Unfortunately, “Creature of the Walking Dead” (1965) and other tailoring was equally atrocious: Warren ignored even the most basic linear plot, a situation compounded by poor voice acting, editing and new footage. puzzling shots by Warren.

Perhaps the most bizarre of Warren’s Frankenfilms was “Face of the howling werewolf“, a 1965 amalgamation of two Mexican feature films: the horror comedy “La Casa del Terror”, which starred actor Lon Chaney Jr. as a mummified werewolf who returned to the life, and “The Aztec Mummy,” about an ancient warrior resurrected by The Theft of His Treasure Much of the comedy from “Casa” was removed, though that movie’s star Tin-Tan still shows up. At the end of “Werewolf”, which seemingly came out of nowhere to save the day, added new footage featuring American actors playing police officers and news anchors in an attempt to make sense of the plot.

Chaney hadn’t put on werewolf makeup on a movie since “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” in 1948, so his appearance in the role provides a touch of nostalgic fun. Unfortunately, Chaney’s health was in decline, in part due to alcoholism and other issues, and he looks exhausted when he’s not wearing makeup. However, once the (cheap-looking) fur and fangs are added, he seems to regain his old energy, and howls and growls with abandon.

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