Dracula vs. Frankenstein is a 1971 American science fiction horror feature film directed by Al Adamson (Nurse Sherri).
This was Lon Chaney Jr.’s final horror film role and J. Carroll Naish’s last film. Chaney filmed his part in mid-1969 when the film was titled Blood Seekers; Naish filmed additional footage in 1970 when Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster were added to the story (and in his confrontation scene with Dracula, he appears noticeably older). Regina Carrol appears in the film as one of the people who discover the two title monsters; in reality, she was married to director Adamson.
The film has also been released as Blood of Frankenstein; The Revenge of Dracula; Teenage Dracula and Love Tramps.
A mad scientist (Naish) descended from the original Doctor Frankenstein takes to murdering young women for experimentation in hopes of reviving his ancestor’s creation, with help from his mute assistant (played by Lon Chaney Jr.).
Things start to heat up when Dracula (played by Zandor Vorkov) arrives and promises to revive Frankenstein’s monster in return for a serum which will grant him immortality…
The special edition blu-ray includes an audio commentary by writer/producer Sam Sherman, a documentary on Independent International Pictures, a rare alternate ending, deleted scenes, a deleted scene with Famous Monsters editor Forrest J Ackerman and Dracula, rare 8mm movie location footage, the original theatrical trailer, TV Spot and an extensive photo gallery.
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“Vorkoff’s Dracula literally sucks, with his mod ’70s afro and sideburns, dubbed echo-chamber voice and K-mart Halloween costume. The head of the Frankenstein Monster looks like a rotten potato smeared with dried oatmeal. Seeing Lon Chaney in such a state of decline would normally invoke sympathy if it weren’t for his giddily goofy performance … After a while this all gets to be pretty funny somehow — a sort of cumulative reaction effect to a constant bombardment of schlock.” Brian Lindsey, Eccentric Cinema
“With a retro feel that would shame Paul Naschy, all bubbling test-tubes and screaming girls, this is fun nonsense for a very precise demographic of horror fandom (you know who you are…), but tedious gubbins for everyone else.” Stephen Thrower, Nightmare USA
“There’s no middle ground with this one–you either love it or hate it. It’s likely the late directors most “revered” motion picture and if anything can be said of it, there’s a great deal of fun to be had here in the right frame of mind. Your enjoyment can be gauged on your tolerance for sincerely awful movies.” Cool Ass Cinema
“This is one of those rare films which deserves its classic reputation. If Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster can be called “un-dead” — existing in a state between life and death, never truly belonging to either state — then this movie should be called “un-good”. It’s not that it’s simply bad (actually, it’s epically bad), nor that it’s so-bad-it’s-good (because few, if any, bad films have managed to be so gloriously endearing) — it’s in a category all by itself.” Braineater
Schlock-O-Rama: The Films of Al Adamson by David Konow, Lone Eagle Publishing, USA, 1998
Images credits: VHS Archive