BUENAS NOCHES, SENOR MONSTRUO/GOOD EVENING, MISTER MONSTER

1982

Cast: Eva, Jaime, Astrid, Eduardo (the group "Regaliz") Paul Naschy (Hombre Lobo), Luis Escobar (Dracula), Fernando Bilbao (the Frankenstein Monster), Guillermo Montesinos (Quasimodo), Miguel-Angel Valero (Dracula's son), Andres Mejuto (Dr. Frankenstein)
Director: Antonio Mercero
Producer: Jose Frade
Screenplay:
Antonio Mercero, Jose Angel Rodero
Photography: Manuel Rojas
Music: Manuel Cubedo
Production Company: Frade Producciones (Spain)
Running time: 82 min.

Eastmancolor, Panoramique

U.S. release title: No US release

Video: No US video release; bootlegs available


Review: Naschy claims to have done this children's musical comedy just for the money, but it shouldn't be so easily dismissed as that. Seen in the right mood, BUENAS NOCHES, SENOR MONSTRUO is a pleasing film with some very funny sequences thanks to our favorite "hombre lobo," the hilarity heightened by the fact that Naschy plays the role as seriously as he can. The story concerns a quartet of kids (two boys, two girls) known as "Regaliz" who get lost on a school trip and wind up in an eerie castle peopled by the classic monsters of filmdom--Dracula, Frankenstein (both maker and monster), Quasimodo, and yes, the Wolf Man (a generic one and not Waldemar Daninsky). The monster try to do in kids, but the kids have many tricks up their short sleeves. The dinner scene with melancholic Naschy getting hit by peas is funny, but the belly laughs come a few moments later, when the full moon appears and Naschy begins to howl while still at the table. Trying to hide this odd behavior, his fellow monsters erupt in a do-wop song and their own howls. Priceless. An intentionally overlong wolfman transformation scene, parodying the agonies Naschy goes through in his Daninsky transformations, is also a standout. However, I could have done without the flashlight in Naschy's mouth that causes his eyes to glow like headlights. Oh, and Naschy gets to dance a little toward the end in full wolfman makeup. The castle sets are quite good, as is the spooky carriage that rides riderless during the misty night. The two boys are none too appealing, but the girls seemed to have learned some jailbait movements that may prove interesting to pedophiles. Good fun overall, nicely presented, indispensable to the Naschy fan. Too bad Naschy wasn't given access to the sets and makeup for a serious wolfman film afterward.

Notes: It's possible that a soundtrack record was issued to coincide with the release of this film, but, if so, I can't see it being a full album (not enough songs), rather a 45 RPM or an extended play disk. Fernando Bilbao (the Frankenstein Monster) also played the notorious creature in two Jess Franco films, DRACULA, PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE EROTIC EXPERIENCES OF FRANKENSTEIN.