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DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN

Director Al Adamson
Year 1971
Starring J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., Regina Carrol
Rating R
Run Time 90min
More Info IMDb

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DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN is what happens when the unjustly scolded Al Adamson creates a "classic" horror film over a weekend for the cost of a sandwich. It's also what happens when Dracula rises from his crypt on a beach and decides that the Frankenstein monster must be resurrected. Because you can't destroy the world unless Frankenstein's monster is on your side. Dracula acts like a Vicodin addict and looks like a dad who's on his fourth kid and second mortgage. He enlists the help of genre legends J. Carrol Naish as a mad scientist and Lon Chaney, Jr. as a mute hunchback. Together, they resurrect the Frankenstein monster, whose face resembles a rotten cantaloupe with a Beatles wig on top of it. But that's not all! Carnivals! Vegas show tunes! Psychedelic acid sequences! Hippies vs. bikers! Also, Dracula driving a Buick. All we want out of a movie called DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN is for Dracula to fight Frankenstein's monster. That happens. But the real attraction here is that Adamson took a simplistic concept from the subconscious of a ten-year-old and turned it into an unparalleled dimestore Halloween experience. From the inappropriate sound effects to gore that resembles spilled tempera paint, this is outrageous 1970s trash at its finest. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

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