BLOOD OF DRACULA
Blood of Dracula is the least interesting of Herman Cohens teenage monster trilogy. Pointedly it is only a rehash of I Was a Teenage Werewolf. The plots of both films are almost identical a rebellious teen with anger and authority problems comes under the influence of a scientist who chooses them because of their anger We must find a girl with natural fire, an explosiveness close to the surface and then hypnotically regresses them, allowing a monster to emerge and go on a rampage. In fact, the monster here even seems far more werewolf than vampire. The creature is a hairy monster that emerges out of anger and there is little in the way of the trappings associated with the vampire film we never, for instance, see Sandra Harrison ever engaged in blood drinking.
Blood of Dracula sits, as the other Herman Cohen teenage monster movies do, atop the growing rift between teenagers and adults that emerged into the open in the 1950s, the sense of resentment, of being suppressed and misunderstood by adults that people like Elvis Presley and James Dean were tapping into. The film also interestingly introduces a proto-feminist theme the woman scientist is acting out of a driven need to assert herself in a male dominated world and prove men wrong. Although ultimately, the film ends on a conservative anti-women message, leaving us with the sense that women who try to rise above their station invariably become unbalanced.
Herman Cohen made a number of other genre films as producer. His teen horrors included I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957), How to Make a Monster (1958) and The Headless Ghost (1959), as well other film such as Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) and Target Earth (1954). In the late 1950s, Cohen relocated to England where he made a number of lurid Grand Guignol horror efforts including Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), Konga (1961), The Black Zoo (1963), Berserk (1967), Trog (1970) and Craze (1973), as well as the Sherlock Holmes/Jack the Ripper film A Study in Terror (1965).
Director Herbert L. Strock made a number of Herman Cohens other films including I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and How to Make a Monster. Strock also made a number of other low-budget genre films including Gog (1954), The Devils Messenger (1962), The Crawling Hand (1963) and uncreditedly much of Monster (1979).