Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror and House of Psychotic Women – Celebrating (Birthday Star) Paul Naschy in the US Cinema Scene


5-16-71, Akron – After a failed opening in Los Angeles as a 3-D movie in January, Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror starring Paul Naschy, best known as the more appropriate Mark of the Wolfman, made it’s way through The US as a regular release Distributed through Independent International starting in the Spring of 1972. Sadly, the LA showing was botched through a showing with acrylic lenses after a reportedly impressive showing for Sam Sherman’s company, resulting in a 2D release. The story had nothing to do with the classic tale, but it was all about Paul Naschy being El Hombre Lobo, and at the Scene there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it results in a good movie, although I can understand if Naschy was not too pleased with this title as it fell victim to the US Distributor had to re-title something to fill the promise of a Frankenstein movie for 400 theaters (Wikipedia link later in the post).

Hello once again! There was a serious tine away from blogging for several reasons, not least trying to get more ads, finding more information, contacting old friends, listening to great music, and just relaxing while watching the movies without thinking “Blog” to make sure my mind remembers why I am writing about these films. There has been so much going on in the world, and of course many eyes are on the US for the well-reported reasons, but I’d like to see this as a place to relax for a while to enjoy things, catch your breath, and return to our lives a little more focused.

By the time I write this, it will already be 9-7-17 in my time zone, but anytime is a right time to celebrate the work of Paul Naschy, born 9-6-34. Through The 70’s, most of  his work wound up on TV, mainly on the late shows where his films work their magic, but thankfully there have been some good releases of his movies which appeared on many screens. The focus here is on two of them – Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror and House of Psychotic Women, now best known under it’s original title Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll.


9-10-71, Chicago – This showing was for the cinema ghouls who like their Horror any way they can, in this case being both Color and B&W.


9-10-71, 53 and 41 Drive Ins, Chicago area – This was a good program for the Drive Ins that ran different than the main ad. The co-features are tow well-loved Hammer films.


5-2-71, Indianapolis – With William Grefe’s Sting of Death and David Hewitt’s Gallery of Horror. Kind of a mis-match, but that was the way they played them!


9-12-71, Lincoln, Neb.

As time was running out for 400 theaters wanting a Frankenstein picture I-I announced, something had to be done…such was the business! With Terror of the Blood Monsters being partially a B&W film tinted with headache inducing colors with another silly explanation for it all, you could say that it was the company’s brief era of cheesy excuses.


12-15-72, Detroit – Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror played as a B to Dracula Vs. Frankenstein after I-I finally got the prints to what they originally planned to release.


10-13-73, Indianapolis – With the infamous Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. No more needs to be said!


7-30-76, Chicago – Blue Eyes of a Broken Doll had a good release in the US under the title of House of Psychotic Women. Today, it’s best known under it’s original name in The States first through a great DVD release by BCI/Eclipse under it’s Deimos line.


9-24-76, Indianapolis


5-14-76, Hamilton


1-28-77, Anniston

Hard Women was originally known as..


9-23-77, Detroit – This is a great double bill. Even if the third Blind Dead movie was not the most-loved, it had a charm for aging theaters in Downtown areas, of which the Madison was one (RIP, 1984-5).


10-28-77, Colorado Springs


~ by screen13 on September 7, 2017.

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