Al Adamson’s low-budget, epic masterpiece originally began filming as a biker picture called THE BLOOD SEEKERS. The disappointing film was initially shelved, but was suddenly brought back to life as a monster movie, making DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN the world’s only musical, hippy, biker, classic monster, LSD film featuring excess seagull footage ever created.
This once abandoned project triumphed and earned its legacy as one of the most beloved and entertaining B films of the ‘70s. Featuring Oscar-nominated actor J. Carrol Nash (HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN) as the evil, very deliberate, talking mad scientist hell-bent on revenge. With horror royalty Lon Chaney Jr. this time not as Dracula or Frankenstein but as Groton, the puppy-loving axe-wielding maniac.
Zandor Vorkov (who, offscreen, was a stockbroker named Roger Engel) is featured as some kind of counter-culture-Frank-Zappa-in-KISS-makeup Count Dracula, whose voice echos with every word word word. FAMOUS MONSTER MAGAZINE publisher Forrest J. Ackerman makes an appearance, and in return, Vorkov graced the cover of FMM #89.
Starring Adamson alum and wife Regina Carrol, WEST SIDE STORY’s Russ Tamblyn, Jim Davis from the TV show DALLAS and the one and only Greydon Clark, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN was photographed by Orson Welles’ favorites Gary Graver and Paul Glickman and features Ken Strickfadden’s original lab equipment from FRANKENSTEIN.
Director: Al Adamson
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