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Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

GP | | Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1971 (USA)
Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster.

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Groton (as Lon Chaney)
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Mike Howard
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Judith Fontaine
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Rico
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Police Sgt. Martin
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John Bloom ...
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Grazbo the Evil Dwarf
Anne Morrell ...
Samantha
William Bonner ...
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Forrest J. Ackerman ...
Dr. Beaumont (as Forest J Ackerman)
Maria Lease ...
Joan
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Judith Fontaine (Regina Carrol) is looking for her sister Joanie, who has disappeared into the hippie community of Venice, California. It turns out Joanie has become the victim of Groton (Lon Chaney Jr.), an axe-wielding homicidal maniac working for Dr. Durray (J. Carrol Naish), who is really the last of the Frankensteins and is now running a house of horrors by the beach and is performing experiments on Gorton's victims. One night Count Dracula (Zandor Vorkov) visits the doctor, showing him the original Frankenstein creation that was buried in a nearby graveyard. The doctor revives it and uses it to take revenge on his professional rivals. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Getting special billing as "The Creature", Shelly Weiss actually plays the Frankenstein Monster in the climactic showdown in the church, ending in its dismemberment. This sequence was the only one shot in New York rather than Hollywood, thus the casting change, suggested by Zandor Vorkov, aka Roger Engel. See more »

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When Judith is tied to a railing, the ropes are so loose that she could've easily escaped. See more »

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Dracula: No, him! Him! Him! No! Him! Him!
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A guilty pleasure if there ever was one
18 May 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

I don't care what anyone says, Al Adamson's "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" is loads of fun to watch and is very entertaining! Adamson is one of those directors that you either love or hate and I happen to love him!

"Dracula vs. Frankenstein" is a throwback to the Universal age of horror films, with some biker movie/musical/drug movie ingredients thrown in. J. Carrol Naish and Lon Chaney, Jr. are the classic actors thrown in as a tribute to the golden days of horror. Chaney isn't half-bad as murderous Grotto, given that he's a mute the entire movie, but Naish as Dr. Duray/Dr. Frankenstein is inexcusably wooden. This would be the last role for both of them. Adamson regulars Russ Tamblyn, Regina Carrol, Greydon Clark, and Gary Kent are along for the ride as well! Tamblyn is not used very much, but does strike a presence as Rico, a mean biker who attempts to rape a girl on the boardwalk! I love Regina Carrol dearly and she is fabulous in what could be her best role (that I've seen) as Judith Fontaine, a Vegas showgirl (who sings a great song!) who travels to Venice, California to find her missing sister. Anthony Eisley is her love interest, an aging hipster who is anything BUT hip (check out his tooth necklace!). Clark is Weird, a hippie who spends his time going to protests and venturing into Dr. Duray's Creature Emporium with his girlfriend Samantha. Gary Kent is seen briefly as the boyfriend who gets axed by Grotto on the beach! Now for the monsters: Dracula is played by Zandor Vorkov, an accountant with a white-boy afro, and Frankenstein is played by B-movie big boy John Bloom, whose makeup is...original, to say the least.

The plot is sort of weak, the acting is a bit above average, the scares minimal, if not invisible, and production values are cheap. Lots of people say that this movie should have played on MST3K. But who says this movie can't be entertaining? In my opinion, a bad movie is one that can't entertain you in any possible way (see my review of "Demented"!). "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" is striking in its ineptitude and unforgettable in its cheap presentation.


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