Werewolf Woman (1976)


Italy made a name for itself in the 70’s for producing some of the most over top, graphic, bizarre films the world had ever seen. Eurocrime flicks, sexploitation, and yes horror films were filled with odd setups, hyper violence, nudity, and depravity. Add Werewolf Woman onto the long list of extreme Italian cinema.

Werewolf Woman is about a woman who suffers a brutal rape (not shown thank goodness), and later finds out she is related to a woman that was burned at the stake for being a werewolf hundreds of years ago. In her damaged psychological state she believes she has inherited the werewolf disease and turns bestial every time she’s sexually excited. Given the body count in the film, she gets hot under the collar easily and often.

Ok so she never actually turns into a werewolf (besides the opening sequence which comes complete with giant purple nipples(?)) which may be a letdown for some. But now you know so don’t get your hopes up ok? What you do get however is 97 minutes of sleaze. The lead actress must have been very comfortable with having her nude body filmed because it is filmed over and over again and graphically. I saw as much of Annik Borel as the doctor did the day she was born, and in HD on this crisp blu-ray. She kills quite a few people in the film while in the buff as well, mostly by biting them to death and much red stuff is spilled here. The back third of the film changes from a story about a psycho killer to a rape/revenge flick. The transition is a bit of a rough one with the film feeling like we’ve suddenly switched reels to a different flick. That’s ok though because the film is bonkers throughout and at that point I probably would have accepted anything it threw my way.

This is by no means an artistic achievement worthy heavy analysis (though one certainly could do so easily), it’s a trashy piece of cinema that has a bit to say but more to show. Make that naughty bits to show. I had fun watching it though to be honest the graphic nudity did make me cringe a bit. Italian zooms have never been used more shamefully. I have never seen the movie in any other format so I can’t compare but the Blu looked great to me. The film also comes with a great  booklet that includes an essay about the film written by Chris Alexander, the editor of Fangoria. That comes as no surprise, Raro almost always brings their A-game when releasing obscure Italian treats for us weird-os to enjoy.