The Werewolf and the Yeti (1975)
Dir: Miguel Iglesias Bonns
Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) is a famous explorer and while in London he
is asked by a Professor Lacombe to join his expedition to the Himalayas to find
the legendary Yeti, which photographs recovered from an earlier, now missing,
expedition prove exists;
Prof: The creatures that appear in this photographs can only be Yetis
Daninsky: Theres no doubt of that.
The expedition, which also includes the Professors Daughter Sylvia (Grace
Mills), runs into trouble almost as soon as they arrive and Daninsky and one
of the guides get lost in a snowstorm.
The superstitious guide flees into the snowy wastes and Daninsky stumbles on alone until he finds a mysterious cave.
As is always the way in life the cave is home to a couple of gorgeous women who promptly warm Daninsky up by making him their sex slave!
All good things must come to an end though and it seems the two women are really
Fighting back his fear (and annoyance at knowing all the sex is now over) Daninsky takes on the flesh munching nymphs but in the process is bitten by one of them, and thus he is infected with the curse of the hairy beast.
Meanwhile, the Professor and company have been captured by a barmy band of
bandits led by the flaky skinned Sekkar Khan (Luis Induni) and his witch sidekick
Wandesa (Silvia Solar).
Only Sylvia escapes, and even she has a couple of horny bandits on her tail (literally), and then, out of the swirling snow, Daninsky reappears to save the day.
Only this time hes sporting a new look that of a Werewolf!
And oh yeah, theres also a Yeti somewhere as well .
Any film that suggests we are meant to be in London, England, by playing 'Scotland The Brave' on the soundtrack starts out in a bit of a chaotic mess and sure enough The Werewolf and the Yeti (the prolific Naschys 8th incarnation of his Daninsky/Werewolf character) stays a chaotic mess for the remainder of its running time.
Due to the films unfortunate luck of getting scooped up in the UK Video
Nasties witch hunt when released onto unsuspecting British rental
shelves in the 80s this is perhaps the most famous and sought after Naschy/Daninsky
film of them all. Something that has been a boon to its profile but also
something that has played hell with it getting any kind of DVD release it seems.
Which is a shame, as the snowy cinematography by (Tomàs Pladevall) and some fun and atmospheric sets deserve better than being viewed via some fuzzy VHS or DVD-R dupe.
The film opens with a crazy cacophony of flutes and bells which basically makes
up the entire score (with obvious snatches of library music) and it certainly
provides a feeling of otherworldliness to the (actually in Spain) Himalayan
snow fields and mountains.
The English dubbing of this Spanish stew is actually quite good as well but the dialogue is full of forced and melodramatic speeches.
One of the best is given by the guide, who ends up getting lost with Daninsky, while being hired;
I was sure that one day I would return to hear those howls he emotes as he sticks his eyeballs out as far from the rest of his head as basic anatomy will allow.
Another gem is when Daninsky finds out what else his two nymph cave-dwellers like to put in their mouths No! This nightmare cant be true.
The cave set and the bandits lair are well fashioned and the cave has
the extra weird bonus of being bathed in bright reds and blues as if Mario Bava
had been the cannibals home stylist.
This set design and lighting even adds a bit of something extra to the sex scene between Daninsky and the nympho cannibals as the womans energetic buttock thrusting and groin grinding is made to look almost artistic.
Cleverly Naschy (who was also the script writer) ensure Daninsky is a bit of a stumpy babe magnet and
even being chained up and fearing for his life doesnt sap Waldemars ever present horniness as Naschy enjoys a bit of tonsil licking while chained to a dungeon wall!
The extreme content of the film doesnt just stop at Naschys
hairy barrel chest though (even the Nasty nutters were not that sensitive) and
it is a brief skinning scene which seems to have caused this to fall foul of
the video watchdog brigade.
But although a sadistic idea very little is actually seen except the knife being traced over the flesh of the unfortunate woman victim before we cut away to Naschys reaction and then back again for the skin being quickly pulled off from a side view.
The fact the woman is tied up and forcibly stripped first adds to the sleaziness of the set-up but it now looks very foolish that such a brief moment could get the film into such big trouble.
There is nothing else in the film (bar a couple of bloody claw marks, a relatively bloodless knifing and a rubber arm being munched on) to give any offence to the weak of heart either.
Indeed it seems downright unfair when you consider some other British video releases of the time, such as Wrong Way (with its extended scenes of rape and sexual torture) or The Last Horror Movie (with its heart ripping, offal chewing, chainsaw mayhem and gory slasher splatter) were completely ignored by the puritan posse.
Basically the main faults with the movie are the tired direction by Miguel
Bonns and Naschys screenplay, which is all over the place.
Its a real hodge-podge stew of a screenplay that throws in local superstitions, the essential Werewolf, witchcraft, mumbo-jumbo spouting wise hermits, crazed bandits with skin problems, cannibal demon women and of course that damn Yeti.
A Yeti which utterly forgotten about until the end of the film!
And even then it quite frankly looks just like another Werewolf anyway, so when the finale slap down between the two creatures at last happens it just looks like two hairy rugs flopping about on each other!
Though to be fair Naschy's Werewolf make-up is always fun and carries with it that classic look of what we thought a Werewolf would look like as kids, with heavy debt to the famous "Wolfman" make-up of the 'Universal' series.
There are moments to enjoy here of course, and it has that unique Naschy mixture of 70s Euro explicitness and that 40s Universal Horror styling that is pretty unique to Naschys output.
But overall its a pretty average bit of eccentric Euro fluff with a few wild and crazy moments scattered throughout to keep you awake.