DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN
BLOOD OF FRANKENSTEIN; THE BLOOD SEEKERS; THEYRE COMING TO GET YOU
In terms of delivering on its title challenge, Dracula vs. Frankenstein is a thoroughly wasted opportunity. It is not just what an incredibly shabbily made film it is its that Dracula and Frankenstein seem to be irrelevant to the plot, which is more about a girl searching for her missing sister who has been abducted into a mad scientists scheme. Dracula and the Frankenstein monster only appear sporadically. Both at least have a tussle at the climax to justify the title but it is poorly motivated confrontation.
The rest of Dracula vs. Frankenstein is a mess. It is badly directed and the plot is a haphazard jumble (not surprising considering that it originally started out as a biker film and was turned into a monster bash to capitalize on the early 1970s classic monster revival). It is, for example, impossible to work out what Dr Dureas mad science scheme is trying to achieve (something to do with decapitating and then reviving young women from the dead), while the science that J. Carrol Naish spouts is complete nonsense.
It is sad to watch genre veterans like an aging and wheelchair-ridden J. Carrol Naish and an alcoholically wasted Lon Chaney Jr (in his last performance) reduced to playing in such impoverished surroundings. Famous Monsters of Filmland (1958-82) editor and fan legend Forrest J. Ackerman is credited as technical advisor and has a small part as a doctor victim, something that shows he should stick to editing. Zandor Vorkov gives a performance that verges on the somnambulistic, lazily blinking his way through the entire role, making possibly the worst screen Dracula of all time.
Director Al Adamson became famous for his extremely cheap exploitation films. Adamson made a number of genre films including Satans Sadists (1969) about a sadistic motorcycle gang; Blood of Draculas Castle (1969); Horror of the Blood Monsters/Vampire Men of the Lost Planet (1970); the Filipino mad scientist/monster movie Brain of Blood (1971); Blood of Ghastly Horror/The Fiend with the Electronic Brain/The Man with the Synthetic Brain/Psycho-a-Go-Go (1972); the softcore sf film Cinderella 2000 (1977); the possession film Nurse Sherri/Beyond the Living (1977); Death Dimension (1978), an action film with some sf elements; was co-director of Dr Dracula (1980), which is confusingly actually about the reincarnation of Svengali; and the bizarre childrens film Carnival Magic (1981) about an intelligent circus chimpanzee. Al Adamson is one director whose body of work could well outstrip Edward D. Wood Jr in terms of sheer shoddiness.
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