Werewolf Woman

Production Year: 1976
Release Date: 10/28/2014
Director: Rino Di Silvestro 

Bush, she-wolf boobs, and gore!  Did I mention that's just the first ten minutes?  At a glance 1976's Werewolf Woman looks trashtastic, but when you actually view the film you'll find there's a little something more sinister going on.  While the movie has enough gratuitous nudity to making even the most seasoned sleaze pusher blush, there's more to this film than naked skin.  Daniela (Annik Borel) is left extremely unstable after she was brutally raped.  Following the advice of a local doctor, her father Count Neseri (Tino Carraro) opts to take her to their small country home in hopes that getting Daniela away from the dangers of the city will calm her nerves.

Unfortunately it does the opposite.  While looking around the attic Daniela happens upon an old family book and a picture of one of her great ancestors.  The ancestor was believed to be a female lycanthrope who killed a number of men and suffered dearly because of her crimes.  Poor Daniela now believes this same lycanthrope blood is coursing through her veins.  She can hear the crazed ancestor's voice echoing through her head and now has an insatiable urge for blood and human flesh.

Is Daniela a Werewolf Woman or just a poor girl with awful luck?

While there is an abundance of gore and nudity, there's a lot more to Werewolf Woman, it's a very interesting take on the subgenre that concentrates more on a tormented woman's fantasies than your typical straight forward shape-shiftin.'  A number of traumatic encounters have caused Daniela to pent up her aggression, the "werewolf" is released whenever a domineering man (and occasionally woman) gets too close.  It's actually as intelligent as it is exploitative.  Oh, and did I mention there's she-wolf boobs?

In comparison to the last few RARO releases I was fairly impressed with this disc.  This is definitely one of their better looking Blu-rays. At times the quality does seem to degrade a tiny bit, but overall the PQ is pretty good with a nice layer of natural grain giving way to good detail.  There are two 2.0 PCM tracks available; English and Italian.  The audio is very level with Coriolano's score never overpowering the dialogue.  RARO gives Silvestro's Werewolf Woman a very nice presentation.

Video interview with director Rino Di Silvestro (19:22 SD) - The director of La Lupa Mannara delves into the production of the film, the subtext, and even gets into his reasoning for the title!  This is a pretty in depth featurette and a must see for fans!

Italian Theatrical Trailer (03:58 HD)

English Theatrical Trailer (03:58 HD)

A fully Illustrated 8 page booklet with an essay by Chris Alexander

I really dig Werewolf Woman.  As a fan of both exploitation films and psychological films the movie works for me on several levels.  While there's the clear presence of violence and nudity, there's also a good chunk of the film that's concentrating on a damaged woman's psychological state.  It's easy to get behind poor Daniela, every man she meets has a carnivorous appetite for sex.  She's like the Paul Kersey of Werewolf flicks.  If you're itchin' for a different kind of werewolf film to watch on Hallow's Eve look no further.


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