DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN
(Los Monstruos del Terror)
The film was written by Jacinto Molina (1934-2009), better known by his screen name of Paul Naschy. Molina was a horror fan who first appeared with the script for Frankensteins Bloody Terror (1968) in which he also took the lead role of the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky. Naschy gained a good deal of fame in horror roles over the next few years, even directing several films. He made nine further appearances as the wolfman and Dracula vs. Frankenstein was the second of these. (Technically, it is the third as Naschy had written and acted in Night of the Wolfman, which was shot in 1970 but was never completed or released).
Dracula vs. Frankenstein is deadly dull in every respect. The photography and editing are incredibly shabby. The film is a directorial mess that chops and changes tone from scene to scene. The plot has been indifferently slung together various things happen but it never seems to matter what or in what order they do. Despite the title, none of the Famous Monsters do anything once they are revived in actuality, they seem to have been construed as nothing more than standard goons aiding a villain. As with many of the Japanese monster bashes of the 1960s, the alien invasion only exists as a McGuffin to bring the creatures together.
For some reason, the filmmakers managed to talk Michael Rennie, most famous as Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), into playing the alien leader. Rennie had successfully avoided being cast in science-fiction roles for more than a decade. However, by the mid-1960s, he was clearly hard up for cash and started appearing in Italian B movies. Dracula vs. Frankenstein was the last film he would appear in before he died the following year. What a comedown to be remembered for!
The other Waldemar Daninsky films are:- Frankensteins Bloody Terror (1968), The Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman (1971), Dr Jekyll and the Werewolf (1972), Fury of the Wolfman (1972), Curse of the Devil (1973), Night of the Howling Beast (1975), Return of the Wolfman/The Craving (1980), The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983) and Licanthropus (1996).
Trailer here (in German, no subs):-
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