Bizarre international versions of classic movie monsters

After directing several terrible horror films on his own, such as 1960s “Teenage Zombies”, American filmmaker Jerry Warren had the idea of ​​buying horror films from other countries and reworking them for create new titles that are more acceptable to American audiences. Unfortunately, ‘Creature of the Walking Dead’ (1965) and other tailoring were 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 Screaming Werewolf,” a 1965 amalgamation of two Mexican feature films: the comedy horror “La Casa del Terror,” which featured actor Lon Chaney Jr. as a mummified werewolf who has come back to life. , and “The Aztec Mummy”, about an ancient warrior resurrected by the theft of his treasure. Much of the comedy from “Casa” has been cut, though that film’s star Tin-Tan still shows up at the end of “Werewolf”, seemingly out of nowhere, to save the day. Warren also added new footage featuring American actors playing police officers and news anchors in an effort to make sense of the plot. It didn’t help.

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 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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