This is another of those movies which it's difficult to get hold of in subtitled form, which is unfortunate, as it seems to be one of the most acclaimed of the early Mexican werewolf movies. The director, Rafael Baledón, also made the excellent werewolf-themed "Hombre y el monstruo" (The Man and the Monster) in 1959, about a man who turns into a monster when he plays the piano. This movie also features a sequence in which someone playing a piano turns into a wolf, but that's about where the similarities end ...
A feral wolf woman rises from a tomb and goes on a killing spree through a nearby forest, claiming several victims in her savage attacks. Once her blood-lust is sated, she climbs back into her tomb to rest - only the tomb appears to contain a passage through the fireplace of an old house, where she returns to transform back into her human form. This is the manor house where she lives with her family.
Later, the girl falls in love with a physician and he asks her father for her hand in marriage, apparently being unaware of her secret. Or perhaps he has some dark secrets of his own to contend with ... either way, a reckoning is coming and the family will have to come face-to-face with its curse.
The movie does not get off to a promising start. The day-for-night shots are not in the least bit convincing, and the wolf woman's costume looks awful in the early shots - and I've seen some bad ones, believe me. That said, the attack scenes are quite gruesome and very well-filmed. The decision by the director to use a trained acrobat to play the werewolf actually works surprisingly well, and the movie certainly picks up steam later on.
I didn't enjoy this movie as much as Baledón's earlier work. However, I would to see it in a subtitled version to do it full justice. It is at least another very interesting early Mexican werewolf movie.
A great werewolf movie in spanish about two werewolves who fall in love.
A young attractive woman cursed to live as a lycanthrope falls in love with the doctor she sees (in order to get cured) who is also a werewolf. Unfortunately for both, their love filled killing spree comes to an end when theyre done in by a trained, werewolf killing dog.
The way this movie was made reminds me of the Wolf Man as it has a lot visual similarities, but the story plot and some special effects make it hard to take this movie seriously. The way this movie was made was very typical during those times before high tech devices, unfortunately that rendered scenes that look phony. for example some "night time" scenes were filmed in the day time and shaded during editing to look like nights of the full moon but instead look too sunny and therefore make the movie less credible.
as far as La Loba (the she wolf) goes, the costume is very intricate but phony looking. its a bit scary but overly hairy (haha that rhymes) and so proves to be a bit too dramatic.
The werewolf (doctor) looks a bit more phony as the werewolf mask he wears looks too fairy-taleish. not really great specail effects but still ok for a movie from that era.
One of the few werewolf movies I saw when I was younger so Im giving it a higher rating due to the nostalgic value it holds for me
As mentioned in the review, the wolf woman's costume is terrible. There's really no two ways about it. I've seen my fair share of low-budget attempts at werewolf make-up, and this has to be among the worst, even given the time the movie was made. It's plainly obvious that she is wearing leggings and a fur coat. However, the transformations using cross-fades are actually quite good. A late transformation sequence in the bedroom is particularly memorable.
The wolf woman is played by an acrobat, so there is fair amount of running and jumping around, which I suppose makes sense. The same is not quite as true of the male werewolf, whose design is of around the same standard.