As I have already gleefully announced here, 2017 is turning out to be the year Paul Naschy came to Blu-Ray in a serious way! Last year got things off to a good start with CRIMSON (1976) and COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE (1973) getting special edition releases with beautiful new transfers and some tasty extras. But this year promises to be even better as the Naschy trickle becomes a flood with Mondo Macabro's INQUISITION (1978) due any day now along with the forthcoming set of five Naschy classics from Scream Factory streeting in late June. It's a great time to be a fan of Spanish Horror!
Of course, for
and myself, these releases are of special significance. We were asked to
contribute a commentary track for INQUISITION and were thrilled to do so. It
was hard, headache inducing work and we are still nervous about the reception
our efforts will receive. Overall, we're confident we've produced an
entertaining, informative track that will add to the viewer's experience. INQUISITION is a great film and one that has
been very hard to see for the last few decades. We're very excited for people
to finally get a chance to see this lesser known Naschy film especially in
hi-def! It's a gorgeous looking movie that has been hidden behind fuzzy VHS
transfers for far too long. This is the work of a mature filmmaker exploring dark
religious history and the insidious nature of fear meaning there is more than
just thrills and shocks to engage the audience.
The tracks are for HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB (1972), BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (1974) and NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF (1981). We chose these because they are some of Naschy's best, showing different sides of his screen persona and also a bit of his range. Discussing these films allowed us to dig into Waldemar Daninsky, Carlos Aured's excellent giallo and our personal favorite of his horror movies. How could we refuse?
We would've liked to have recorded tracks for all five films in the set but we had to carefully manage our time to get them done and in a form we could be proud of - even if, when listening, I will always hear the things left out, the side roads not explored and the anecdotes left unrecorded for a lack of time. But, in general, we're very happy with the finished product and can't wait to hear fan reactions to these loving audio tributes to our cinematic hero. Who knows what other Naschy movies might get new high definition releases if these sell well! Fingers crossed, fellow Spanish Horror aficionados!