THE PAUL NASCHY STORY


LIKES

Favorite Authors: Mario Vargas Llosa, Benavente, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, Stefan Zweig, Victor Hugo, Guy de Maupassant, Edgar Allan Poe, Sheridan LeFanu, Bram Stoker
Favorite Painters: Velasquez, Goya
Favorite Movies: Horror, suspense, historical and westerns
Favorite color: Red
Favorite animal: Dog
Favorite countries: Spain, Poland, Japan
Favorite civilization: Ancient Egypt
Favorite actors: Marlon Brando, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Sr., Robert de Niro, Gregory Peck, Montgomery Clift.
Favorite actresses: Sophia Loren, Jean Simmons, Caroline Munro, Michelle Pfieffer, Irene Gutierrez Caba.
Military Heroes: Hernando Cortez, Napoleon, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, El Cid, Emperor Carlos (Charles) V


THE EARLY YEARS

 

Jacinto Alvarez Molina, the future Paul Naschy, was born to Enrique Molina, a small-time industrialist, and Pilar Alvarez on September 6, 1934 in Madrid, Spain. 

Naschy grew up in the post civil war years of Spain under the fascistic regime of Franco. At an early age, his mother used to take him to the movies to see serials like DOCTOR SATAN and DRUMS OF FU MANCHU, developing within the boy a fascination for genre-filmmaking. In Spain at that time the exhibition of horrors films was rare and, when they were shown, they were meant for an older audience. But, at the age of eleven, Jacinto managed to get into a screening of Universal's FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN. The film so impressed the young Jacinto that, afterwards, he spent some time drawing the characters.


Enrique Molina and Pilar Alvarez, Jacinto Molina's parents, on their wedding day in 1938.

The Molina Family passport (1942) Jacinto's parents, German nanny, Jacinto and sister Lourdes

Jacinto's Confirmation photo from 1944

As the years went by, Jacinto Molina's love of cinema grew--westerns and historical adventure films were particular favorites, and as he got older he developed a fascination for Marlon Brando, like other young men of his age. But his love of the cinema was sublimated to an extent by the wishes of his family, who desired that Jacinto enter a profession suitable for one of his social background.

Jacinto's studies initially centered around agriculture with a subsequent switch to architecture, and he secured entrance to the prestigious School of Architecture in Barcelona, receiving high marks for his drawing capabilities. Developing these artistic talents, he found work for record companies like Columbia and Decca designing sleeve covers, including Elvis Presley disks. He also drew comics, and created the western character of Snake-Black. (An odd appellation that probably should have been better translated as Black Snake.) Molina's paintings also showed up in two exhibitions during this time. His energy unflagging, Jacinto Molina wound up writing numerous paperback novels, chiefly in the western genre (none in the horror, by the way), utilizing the pseudonym Jack Mills. Some of the titles are: DALE LA MANO AL DIABLE (SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL), LA MUERTE ACOMPANA (DEATH RIDES WITH ME), and SE QUE GANARAS (YOU WON) [trans. approximate]. Even with all these activities Jacinto managed to excel in such sports as soccer, javelin throwing, and weight lifting. He attained third position in javelin competition in the national Spanish championships, and set records in weight lifting.

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NASCHY'S FIRST EXPERIENCE IN FILM: WORKING ON THE KING OF KINGS