On December 2, 2009 one mass media reproduced the following Tarantino words: “I was left with the desire of being able to film with someone that is one of my idols”. Two days before, the night of November 30, Jacinto Molina passed away.
Although history will always mix the name of Jacinto Molina with the one of his international alter ego Paul Naschy, his is a life that goes beyond the cinema man whose lost Tarantino complained about. He grew up in Burgos when Franco’s tropes held hands with III Reich detachment, he went to the German School in Madrid where every morning he had to sing in front of an Adolf Hitler portrait and where he had to parade in front of SS; he collected stars’ autographs as from example Frank Sinatra’s or John Wayne’s who went to his father’s fur shop; he became an amateur boxer and occasional wrestler, he was six times weightlifting champion in Spain, he personally met Jarabo, the murder of Lope de Rueda street; he was an extra in King of Kings and 55 days at Pekin and he started a career as a “do-it-all” boy in Spanish cinema that would lead him to become, apart from actor, screenwriter or director, the only one Spaniard who is part of Fangoria Hall of fame.
In our country Paul Naschy filmography has found fans along decades, fans fascinated by the work of an author with an own personality, fans who surrounded to his particular universe. Today, new generations are discovering in his cinema the genesis for today’s Spanish horror cinema, and they are placing his figure in a level as high as it is in other countries, with such a growing interest from the Spanish audience that led some of his forgotten films to be released on DVD, books about his life to be published, comics about his characters to be released and to launch some websites about him, him who was named the Spanish Lon Chaney.