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Release Date:
December 1971 (USA) See more »
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Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
J. Carrol Naish ... Dr. Frankenstein, aka Dr. Durea

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Groton (as Lon Chaney)
Anthony Eisley ... Mike Howard
Regina Carrol ... Judith Fontaine

Russ Tamblyn ... Rico

Jim Davis ... Police Sgt. Martin
Zandor Vorkov ... Count Dracula
John Bloom ... Frankenstein's Monster
Shelly Weiss ... The Creature
Greydon Clark ... Strange
Angelo Rossitto ... Grazbo the Evil Dwarf
Anne Morrell ... Samantha
William Bonner ... Biker
Forrest J Ackerman ... Dr. Beaumont (as Forest J Ackerman)
Maria Lease ... Joan
Bruce Kimball ... Biker
Albert Cole ... Cop Killed by Creature

Gary Kent ... Bob, Beach Boy
Connie Nelson ... Laura - Beach Girl
Irv Saunders ... Policeman
Lu Dorn
Sean Graver
Barney Gelfan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Adamson ... Man in Audience / Man Zapped by Dracula (uncredited)
Gary Graver ... Man on Beach (uncredited)
Samuel M. Sherman ... Man in car killed by monster (uncredited)

R. Michael Stringer ... Scarred Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Al Adamson 
 
Writing credits
William Pugsley (story and screenplay) &
Samuel M. Sherman (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Al Adamson .... producer
Mardi Rustam .... executive producer
Mohammed Rustam .... associate producer
John Van Horne .... producer (as John Van Horn)
Samuel M. Sherman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Lava 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Glickman (director of photography)
Gary Graver (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Irwin Cadden 
 
Art Direction by
Ray Markham 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Kent .... special makeup artist
Sheldon Lee .... makeup artist
Gretchen Moon .... hair stylist
Tony Tierney .... special makeup
George Barr .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Gloria Betrue .... production manager
Dan Q. Kennis .... in charge of production
Samuel M. Sherman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Kent .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Hutchison .... props (as Charles Hutchinson)
 
Sound Department
Bob Dietz .... production sound (as Robert Dietz)
Dale Skillicorn .... production sound
Aaron Nathanson .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ken Strickfaden .... electronic special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Le Bar .... special visual effects (as Bob LeBar)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer
R. Michael Stringer .... assistant camera (as Mike Stringer)
Rod Bristow .... special photography (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gretchen Moon .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jerry Cohen .... production editor
 
Music Department
William Lava .... conductor
 
Other crew
Forrest J Ackerman .... technical advisor (as Forest J. Ackerman)
Victor Adamson .... special consultant (as Denver Dixon)
John Babcock .... assistant to producer
Bob Le Bar .... title designer (as Bob LeBar)
Sandy Portelli .... script supervisor
Joeb Ruzi .... designer: Dracula ring (as Ruzi)
Ren Patterson .... production effects (uncredited)
Linda Sherman .... effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Teenage Dracula" - USA (reissue title)
"The Revenge of Dracula" - USA (reissue title)
"They're Coming to Get You" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min
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Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:GP | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Lon Chaney Jr. appears in this film which features both Dracula and The Frankenstein Monster. Chaney Jr. played both roles in Son of Dracula (1943) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) respectively.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Fang marks on security guards are substantially smaller than Dracula's.See more »
Quotes:
Strange:C'mon, let's get ready for the big protest tonight!
Samantha:What are we protesting tonight?
Strange:I don't know. But I'll bet it's fun!
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Featured in Film House Fever (1986)See more »
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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) **1/2, 26 July 2006
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

Director Al Adamson's most popular "masterpiece" is often both revered and reviled, but I'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's Monster to the "modern" times of the late '60s and early '70s. What's interesting is that it was never intended as such when the movie was first conceived...

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'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's now known as Dracula VS. FRANKENSTEIN (1971). Whew!

In the finished movie, Count Dracula (played by a deliciously incompetent curly-haired & goatee'd stockbroker named Roger Engel, adopting a dopey pseudonym of "Zandor Vorkov") digs up the comatose Frankenstein Monster (7' 4" 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 "mad zombie". Growling and prowling under the boardwalk on the beach at night with an ax, Groton decapitates young girls for his master's sinister plans. Regina Carrol (wife of director Adamson) plays an older sister of one of the female victim'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 '40s) is also on hand as a shady dwarf who takes tickets outside of Dr. Duryea'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.

Okay - technically, this is a "bad" film, there's no way to get around that. But it's also a good deal of fun if you take it in the right spirit. It's colorful, "groovy," 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's a kick to see updated (re: early '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'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 "get it" 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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