Friday, April 5, 2013
DRACULA, PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN (1972)
The late, great Jess Franco made this monster-filled horror romp right before he filmed THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN and I'm a much bigger fan of that one. This seems like just a warm-up for the utter insanity to follow. Franco's style is much more evident in the later film. For one thing, this one, at least the version I've seen, lacks any nudity or gore which seems amazing from a director with the sleazy reputation of Franco. Also the plot is almost non-existent here, at least with EROTIC RITES I could kinda decipher a thread among the chaos. This one seems to be more just random chaos.
The plot? has Howard Vernon as a blue-tinted Dracula, he bites some lady then we get some words from Dr. Frankenstein. More stuff happens which might not necessarily be linked together. Frank makes a monster(using magic I think?), he goes out snatching dancing gals, Drac ends up Dr. Frank's slave, there's also a vampire chick and towards the very end of the movie a crap-faced Wolfman shows up to fight Frank's monster in a not very spectacular fashion. AKA DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN(even though they're on the same side and never fight)
Franco's THE DAUGHTER OF DRACULA, which I haven't seen yet, is considered the final chapter in his monster sorta-trilogy.