Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Jacinto Molina, 1934-2009

Paul Naschy has passed away, having impacted horror cinema in a way that still has not been fully appreciated or fully understood. The accompanying still comes from ROJO SANGRE, a film which features one of Naschy's greatest performances, a capstone to a career marked by notable films such as HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB, NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF, and THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD. Naschy's best films function as sumptuous gothic fairy tales, and his work is truly overdue for serious attention as landmarks in international horror cinema. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I will still miss him dearly.