Dracula vs. Frankenstein is a 1971 American science fiction horror film directed and co-produced by Al Adamson. The film stars J. Carrol Naish as Dr. Durea, a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein who is working on a blood serum for his assistant Groton (Lon Chaney Jr.). The serum soon becomes sought after by Count Dracula (Zandor Vorkov), who hopes that it will grant him the ability to be exposed to sunlight without harm. Other members of the film’s cast include Anthony Eisley, Regina Carrol, and Angelo Rossitto.
This was Lon Chaney, Jr.‘s final horror film role and J. Carrol Naish‘s final film role before the two actors’ deaths. Chaney filmed his part in mid-1969 when the film was titled The Blood Seekers. Naish filmed additional footage in 1970 when Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster were added to the story (in his confrontation scene with Dracula, he appears to be noticeably older). Director Adamson’s wife, Regina Carrol, appears in the film as Judith Fontaine, one of the people who discover the two monsters of the title.’
Dracula is played by Roger Engel, co-producer Samuel M. Sherman’s stockbroker, who is listed in the film’s credits under the pseudonym “Zandor Vorkov”.
Two other films that were also titled Dracula vs. Frankenstein were made around the same time as Adamson’s film. In 1970, Spanish horror film icon Paul Naschy starred in Los Monstruos del Terror, which was later released on VHS as Dracula vs. Frankenstein. Meanwhile, also in 1971, famed Spanish schlock film director Jesús Franco turned out his film Dracula vs. Frankenstein (also released as Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein), apparently unaware that Adamson was already using that title.
color, widescreen, mono, runs 91 minutes, plus extras and trailers. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!