Dracula vs. Frankenstein

1971

Horror / Sci-Fi

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IMDb Rating 3.2

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Reviewed by JoeKarlosi 6

Director Al Adamson&#39;s most popular &quot;masterpiece&quot; is often both revered and reviled, but I&#39;m not ashamed to say that I like it. For fans of the old Universal monster mashes of the 1940s, this film sort of updates the exploits of Count Dracula and Frankenstein&#39;s Monster to the &quot;modern&quot; times of the late &#39;60s and early &#39;70s. What&#39;s interesting is that it was never intended as such when the movie was first conceived...<br/><br/>Originally begun in 1969, producer Sam Sherman and director Adamson wanted to make a biker flick which would kind of be a semi-sequel to their recent SATAN&#39;S SADISTS hit movie. They started shooting with Russ Tamblyn picked to reprise his role of a motorcycle hoodlum and then added a new plot where a mad doctor would be conducting weird experiments on young girls, having his deformed servant stalk them with an ax, supplying their blood to the doctor. At this point the film was going under a title of THE BLOOD SEEKERS or BLOOD FREAKS, and then later it was decided to consider the crazed scientist to be none other than Dr. Frankenstein, so the tentative title became BLOOD OF FRANKENSTEIN. But still the concept changed, and eventually came to include the marketable characters of Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster - and over a course of three years, footage was added or changed or deleted in order to create what&#39;s now known as Dracula VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971). Whew! <br/><br/>In the finished movie, Count Dracula (played by a deliciously incompetent curly-haired &amp; goatee&#39;d stockbroker named Roger Engel, adopting a dopey pseudonym of &quot;Zandor Vorkov&quot;) digs up the comatose Frankenstein Monster (7&#39; 4&quot; accountant John Bloom) and makes a deal with the elderly Dr. Frankenstein. The infamous doctor (played by an aged J. Carrol Naish in his last role, who has trouble reading cue cards and whose dentures can be heard clacking away as he delivers idiotic dialog) is operating under the phony moniker of Dr. Duryea, and runs a Creature Emporium Sideshow at a local amusement park. The show merely serves as a front for his gruesome blood experiments which he conducts down in the basement. Duryea frequently injects a serum into an over-sized half-wit named Groton (played by horror veteran Lon Chaney Jr., now sadly bloated and ravaged from years of alcohol abuse) transforming him into a &quot;mad zombie&quot;. Growling and prowling under the boardwalk on the beach at night with an ax, Groton decapitates young girls for his master&#39;s sinister plans. Regina Carrol (wife of director Adamson) plays an older sister of one of the female victim&#39;s, who meets up with over-aged hippie Anthony Eisley to find out what happened to the girl, but gets tangled up in the web of Frankenstein and Dracula. Angelo Rossitto (who co-starred with Bela Lugosi in the &#39;40s) is also on hand as a shady dwarf who takes tickets outside of Dr. Duryea&#39;s Creature Emporium. The one casualty of the final film who gets a raw deal is Russ Tamblyn, whose few surviving scenes from the original biker fiasco now seem out of place in a revamped movie about monsters and maniacs.<br/><br/>Okay - technically, this is a &quot;bad&quot; film, there&#39;s no way to get around that. But it&#39;s also a good deal of fun if you take it in the right spirit. It&#39;s colorful, &quot;groovy,&quot; and is a final showcase for seasoned horror pros Lon Chaney and J. Carrol Naish, even if they are on their last legs. Despite the fact that Lon could barely talk and therefore remained mute for the movie, much to his credit he is still able to elicit sympathy and pathos in his scenes. For fans of the old monsters, it&#39;s a kick to see updated (re: early &#39;70s) manifestations of Dracula and the Monster as they arrive into the 20th century: Dracula not only looks like a mod, he actually speaks in a voice that echos through a loudspeaker (don&#39;t ask me why) and shoots death rays from his ring; the murderous monster has a mashed-potato face that looks like it was stung by a horde of a thousand bees, and he even gets to strangle none other than Forrest J. Ackerman, celebrated editor of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine! The final clash of the titans at the end of the film is pretty awesome, considering it was filmed with a practically zero budget and was added as an afterthought. You have to be one of those viewers who &quot;get it&quot; when it comes to appreciating grade-Z, low-level exploitation trash cinema -- but if you do, this is as good as they come and is a cult classic of its type. **1/2 out of ****

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Reviewed by vampi1960 8

Dracula verses Frankenstein is one of those so bad its good movies, a drive in movie.with a great cast;Lon Chaney Jr as a puppy loving murderer,j Carroll Nash as Dr Frankenstein.and Regina Carroll as the busty blonde heroine.and then there&#39;s a great extended cameo by Forrest j Ackerman(Dr. acula and to us horror fans uncle forry)OK i know a lot of critics hated this but its really an entertaining tribute to the universal Frankenstein movies,the monster looks like a brute with a face that resembles a raw steak,and Dracula looks like a hippie with fangs.also starring the great Russ tamblyn and Anthony eisley.with music from the universal monster films.troma picked up the DVD rights to this.it really is a scream.notably this was Lon Chaney Jr&#39;s last film as well as j Carroll Nash(both were in house of Frankenstein 1945) also in the cast is Jim Davis who later played jock Ewing on TVs Dallas. i remember first hearing about this in the great magazine famous monsters of filmland.8 out of 10,check it out.

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Reviewed by TVPowers 6

This film gets a bad rap from a lot of people. That&#39;s understandable, because it&#39;s a low budget paste-up job, combining previously shot footage from a uncompleted biker film with the monster team-up. But Dracula Vs. Frankenstein is really a lot of fun -- particularly if you first saw it on late night TV when you were 13 or 14!<br/><br/>Forry Ackerman has a cameo in the film as one of Dracula&#39;s victims, so the movie got promoted in Famous Monsters magazine, with &quot;Zandor Vorkov&quot; gracing the cover in his dime store fangs. It was (I believe) the final film appearance of J. Carroll Naish and one of Lon Chaney Jr.&#39;s last roles. Ken Strickfadden&#39;s Frankenstein lab equipment is used, and the music is well chosen. Parts of the film are quite moody and effective, with highly competent photograghy considering the budget and haste of production.<br/><br/>To compare this little film with the Hammer films is a bit unfair. No, it cannot match them on any level -- nor was it intended to -- this was drive-in fodder without the budget or resources of England&#39;s Hammer and its American partners and distributors. It&#39;s too bad none of the major American studios tried to cash in on the 1960&#39;s-70&#39;s monster boom. Then there might be some truly interesting American monster films worthy of the comparison.

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