We just got wind that Spanish Horror legend Paul Naschy died of cancer today at the age of 75. If there ever was a face of horror in Spain, especially through the 60s and 70s, it was Naschy, who was the Spanish equivalent to the legendary Lon Chaney.
A few of the classic characters Naschy portrayed included the wolfman, the hunchback, Count Dracula, and the mummy. But it was the wolfman character he played the most, returning to the beast 12 different times in the HOMBRE LOBO film series. The series revolved around the werewolf / tortured soul of Waldemar Daninsky as he dealt with being a werewolf, and included such films as LAS NOCHES DEL HOMBRE LOBO, LA MARCA DEL HOMBRE LOBO and LA FURIA DEL HOMBRE LOBO to name just a few. If you've seen classic Spanish werewolf movies, chances you've seen Naschy in action.
Naschy also starred in a plethora of other genre films, including takes on Jack the Ripper, exorcisms, and the U.S. titled ORGY OF THE DEAD in 1972. His later roles included COUNTESS DRACULA'S ORGY OF THE DEAD and ROTTWEILLER.
A loss for the horror community, and an even bigger loss for the Spanish horror film industry, who lost one of their most acclaimed legendary actors. Our thoughts go out to Naschy's family in Madrid where he lived for most of his life.
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