Paul Naschy is one of the most important figures of the Spanish horror boom. Under his real name Jacinto Molina, he has written and directed a long series of exploitation films as well as acting in many features as Paul Naschy. Before he started filming, legend has it that he studied Engineering and Architecture, worked as illustrator, wrote pulp novels and was a weight lifter. His first important film was La Marca del Hombre Lobo (1967), with the popular character of the Polish werewolf Waldemar Daninsky, a role he reprised in another twelve films. Naschy also portrayed several classic monsters of the screen and many villains, real and imagined. Spain acknowledged this legendary actor in 2001 with its most prestigious award, the Gold Medal in Fine Arts. He comes to the festival as the star of Rojo Sangre, a film directed by his son, Christian Molina.