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Assignment Terror (1970)

Los monstruos del terror (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 February 1970 (France)
An alien scientist and his team are sent to earth from their dying planet to exterminate the human population by unleashing monsters like vampires, werewolves, and mummies in order to inherit the earth.

Directors:

Tulio Demicheli (as Tulio Demichelli), Hugo Fregonese (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writer:

Paul Naschy (story and screenplay) (as Jacinto Molina Alvarez)
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Complete credited cast:
Michael Rennie ... Dr. Odo Warnoff
Karin Dor ... Maleva Kerstein
Craig Hill ... Inspector Tobermann
Patty Shepard ... Ilsa (as Patty Sheppard)
Ángel del Pozo ... Dr. Kerian (as Angel del Pozo)
Paul Naschy ... Waldemar Daninsky (as Paul Naschi)
Manuel de Blas ... Count Janos de Mialhoff
Peter Damon Peter Damon
Ferdinando Murolo Ferdinando Murolo ... El monstruo de Farancksalan / Frankenstein Monster
Diana Sorel Diana Sorel
Gene Reyes Gene Reyes ... Tao-Tet (The Mummy)
Luciano Tacconi Luciano Tacconi
Ella Gessler Ella Gessler
Paul Cross ... Dr. Don Uno
Helga Geissler Helga Geissler ... (as Ella Gessler)
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Aliens from a dying world plot to conquer Earth by preying on man's superstitions. Bringing two dead scientists back to life, they use their knowledge to re-animate various monsters, including the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky, Frankenstein's monster, the mummy Tao-Tet, and the vampire Count de Meirhoff. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Filming was interrupted because of financial difficulties, and because of it the script was not filmed as it was written. Whole segments of the script involving flying saucers and a Golem were never carried out, as the result of sorely lacking funds. See more »

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The video doesn't do the movie justice.
19 March 2001 | by Classic CampSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on t.v. almost 20 years ago as Assignment Terror, and was excited when it first came out on video. Unfortunately, the video cut about 9 minutes of total running time from the film, retitled it as Dracula Vs. Frankenstein and left it as a jumbled, incoherent mess. Most fans will also be confused because Dracula and the Monster never fight in the entire film.

I'm not saying this was a great film to begin with, but some of the editing complaints seen in earlier reviews come from the video version, not the original release. In its original form it was a strange yet fun action/horror movie in Paul Naschy's Werewolf Waldemar series. Naschy also plays the Vampire (Count de Mierhoff), Mummy (Tao-Tet) and Franksollen monster whenever possible.

Michael Rennie is one highlight, and gives his best possible attempt at making a profound statement in his last speech in the film. I'm surprised they even left that in, since most of what they took out was the plot. Apparently the video production figured no one pays attention to plot in a movie like this anyway. And yes, that's the same Karin Dor who appeared in Hitchcock's Topaz in the same year.

Hopefully, when this comes out on DVD they'll get it right.


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Country:

Spain | West Germany | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

24 February 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula vs. Frankenstein See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,774
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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