Motion Picture Purgatory: Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
For those who think mash-ups of popular icons is something new (i.e., Freddy vs. Jason, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, etc.), Trembles is here to remind us that's hardly true. Case in point, this week's MPP: Dracula vs. Frankenstein from 1971 directed by Al Adamson.
Judith Fontaine (Regina Carrol) is looking for her sister, Joanie, who has disappeared into the hippie community of Venice, California. It turns out Joanie has become the victim of Groton (Lon Chaney, Jr.), an axe-wielding homicidal maniac working for Dr. Durray (J. Carrol Naish), who is really the last of the Frankensteins. Durray runs a house of horrors by the beach and performs experiments on Gorton's victims. One night Count Dracula (Zandor Vorkov) visits the doctor, showing him the original Frankenstein creation that was buried in a nearby graveyard. The doctor revives it and uses it to take revenge on his professional rivals.