Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972)

aka Dracula contra Frankenstein, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Dracula Against Frankenstein, Dracula vs. Dr. Frankenstein, Screaming Dead, Sleeping Viewer
Article 2306 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-19-2007
Posting Date: 12-5-2007
Directed by Jesus Franco
Featuring Howard Vernon, Dennis Price, Fernando Bilbao

Dracula is dispatched by Dr. Seward, but resurrected by Dr. Frankenstein who wants to create an army of terror.

When I’m in a good mood, I can admire this movie’s attempt to keep the dialogue to an absolute minimum, as I’m sure it must have been a big help in making it easy to dub for each country. But beyond that, I’m afraid I found very little of interest in this entry from the Jess Franco oeuvre, and the fact that many of the scenes just involve people standing around and saying nothing just makes it that much duller. Howard Vernon has precious little to do as Dracula; in fact, he spends most of the movie with the same expression locked on his face, and he could have easily been replaced by a wax figure for many of the scenes. I did get a bit of a laugh out of Dr. Seward’s attempt to drive a stake through Dracula’s heart with the tiniest hammer I’ve ever seen, but, for the most part, I reacted very little to what I saw going on. And that’s the primary problem I have with Franco as a director; I so rarely have an idea of just what reaction he’s trying to get from me with each scene that I end up having no reaction at all, and I watch his films in a state of glum ennui. At least Al Adamson’s DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN has a bit of life to it.


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