Monster of the Day #1511

The early ’70s were a fecund period for films called Dracula vs Frankenstein. This one, by Jess Franco (uh oh) is more aptly summed up by it’s alternate title, Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein. Dracula is zombiefied by Dr. Frankenstein (so the title is correct for once) early on and never break free to contest him and his Monster, as you might expect. Perhaps because both of the titular actors, Howard Vernon and a very ill looking Dennis Price were clearly not in the shape to shoot anything like that.

This is a REALLY dull film that makes Adamson’s flick look great. We’ll get more stills in the next few days, and there are pretty female vampires and even a very very tame lesbian scene but there is nothing interesting about this slog. Unless you like counting wobbly zoom shots. You better have a Rainman-level counting ability, though.

  • CaptNemo

    Pardon me!

    Do you have any blood flavored Grey Poupon?

  • This is the only Dracula v. Frankenstein I haven’t seen (the yet is implied).

  • bgbear_rnh

    Count Yorga? Meh. Don’t talk to me about that blood sucker.

  • Isn’t that the same as ketchup?

  • zombiewhacker

    “The early ’70s were a fecund period for films called Dracula vs Frankenstein. ”

    Hmmm…. does this mean a Paul Naschy MOTD is in the works… oh please oh please oh please?

  • Eric Hinkle

    Ot but has anyone heard about the plans to do a remake of FORBIDDEN PLANET? Oh, but this time it’ll be improved, see. The Krell will still be around, they made the Id Monster just to be lol evul, and Morbius is their cringing flunky.

    And the Forbidden Planet movie will be a trilogy (because that worked great for The Hobbit), Straczynski’s been tapped for the script, and James Cameron’s in line to direct. Thoughts?

  • Ken_Begg


    Seriously, that’s my thought.

  • Gamera977

    I’m certain it will do almost as well as the remake of ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’.

  • bgbear_rnh

    If a trilogy it should be a prequel and a sequel and leave the original alone.

    Prequel can be about Morbius and the Bellerophon expedition.

    Sequel might be harder since the planet was vaporized. Maybe a Krell colonial planet had been established at some point and later United Earth expedition encounters it. They do not have a heads up because the earlier mission had been classified. Or for real grand destruction, the Krell machine on the colonial planet is packed up and shipped back to Earth.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I understand that idea is/was for the prequel to be about the original expedition, and the sequel covering the commander and Altaira’s Krell-influenced demon seed of a child.

  • bgbear_rnh

    interesting, but has to have Robby.

  • bgbear_rnh

    The more I think about it, the more I think they should just stick with the prequel concept with the original mission. Lots of story there.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Yet another thought. At one point, the Krell had visited Earth. Something could be done with that.

  • Flangepart

    And the turtle wins one for the sarcasm!

  • Rodford Smith

    Two scenarios for a sequel.

    First: Morbius was exhausted after driving off the ID Monster, but in no real danger. He faked being morally injured to get Altaira off the planet and the Captain went along with it. He then used the Great Machine to fake the explosion and to hide the planet. Fifty years later, a routine survey discovers that the planet is back.

    Second: This was not the homeworld of the Krell, but one of their artificial planets with a large colony (as in O-Trek’s _That Which Survives_). Humans find another colony or maybe the homeworld, with another Great Machine.