DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN
1971, 91 min, Dir: Al Adamson

Al Adamson’s low-budget, epic masterpiece began shooting as a biker picture called THE BLOOD SEEKERS. Initially shelved, the film was suddenly brought back to life as a monster movie and became one of the most beloved and entertaining B-films of the ’70s. It features Oscar-nominated actor J. Carrol Naish (HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN) as the mad scientist hell-bent on revenge, with horror legend Lon Chaney Jr. co-starring - not as Dracula or Frankenstein but as Groton, a puppy-loving, ax-wielding maniac. With Adamson alum and wife Regina Carrol, WEST SIDE STORY’s Russ Tamblyn, Jim Davis from TV’s “Dallas,” Zandor Vorkov (as a Frank-Zappa-in-KISS-makeup-styled Count Dracula) and a cameo from the great Forrest J. Ackerman.


THE WOLF MAN
1941, Universal, 70 min, USA, Dir: George Waggner

Lon Chaney Jr. achieves cinematic immortality in the title role, one of Universal’s great movie monsters. Bitten by a werewolf (Bela Lugosi, in a wonderful cameo) while visiting a gypsy camp, Larry Talbot (Chaney) is cursed to become a hairy beast “when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Noted horror scribe Curt Siodmak penned the original screenplay for this eerie classic, which costars Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy and Maria Ouspenskaya, whose portrayal of an old gypsy fortuneteller is unforgettable.


MAN MADE MONSTER
1941, Universal, 59 min, USA, Dir: George Waggner

In one of his first horror roles, Lon Chaney Jr. plays a man whose immunity to electrocution attracts the interest of two scientists - one of whom (Lionel Atwill) hopes to use the discovery to create an army of electrified killers. A shockingly effective B-movie!


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