DIRECTOR– Al Adamson and Samuel M. Sherman (uncredited)
PLOT– A Vegas showgirl (Regina Carrol) decides to head to California to look for her missing sister. Little does she know, her sister has fallen victim to the last member of the Frankenstein family (J. Carrol Naish), his Jekyll & Hyde sidekick (Lon Cheney Jr.), and a very hairy, yet dapper Count Dracula (Zandor Vorkov).
7 REASONS TO WATCH–
- Vegas showgirls who sing about packing a suitcase
- young starlets dreaming of carnival life
- dwarfs who eat money
- Dr. Frankenstein, Funpark Operator
- Transylvanian reverb
- slight forehead blemishes
- nice guys who wear teeth around their necks
REVIEW– I love Dracula vs. Frankenstein. And If you’re like me and enjoy Scooby-Doo, 70’s Las Vegas showgirls, psychedelic synthesized music, the TV shows Love American Style and Dragnet, Universal monster movies, Greg Brady, the Saturday morning cartoon Groovie Ghoulies, and long walks on the beach in linen pants ala Neil Diamond’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull… then you’re gonna love this movie too.
It literally is like you took all the spectacular entertainment I just listed, threw it in a blender, and poured it into two martini glasses to enjoy over a candlelit table with Mr. Rourke from Fantasy Island.
Yes. It’s that good.
Alright. Enough. I’m not writing anymore. This thing is so full of super glorious groovy goodness… Lon Cheney Jr. looking like he just finished off two buckets of fried chicken… a maniacal cackling dwarf… songs about luggage… you just have to experience it yourself.
Stop reading this, now. Go see the film. Thank me later.
It’s an unforgettable 70’s fantastic delight!
FAULTY FACTS– The Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas is featured prominently in some of the b-roll footage at the beginning of the film. The Dunes Hotel and Casino opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 1955. Robert Dorr Jr. and John Replogle designed and built the Dunes for $3.5 million, and the resort became known as “the Miracle in the Desert.” Its distinguishing feature was a fiberglass Sultan figure which rose thirty feet above the building and served as a welcoming icon for guests. Also featured were a 90-foot V-shaped swimming pool and a 150-foot lagoon.
The original owners had very little experience in gaming and the Dunes began to struggle financially shortly after it opened. In 1956, Arteburn Riddle reinvigorated business at the Dunes as its new manager. His additions to the hotel complex included the Sultan’s Table, one of the first gourmet restaurants in Las Vegas; an eighteen-hole golf course, which was the largest in Vegas at the time; and new entertainment including topless shows and costumed performances.
Riddle also opened a twenty-four story high-rise called the Diamond of the Dunes as an addition to the original hotel. The building contained a shopping center, two gourmet restaurants, and extra guest rooms. Under his management, the Dunes pioneered innovations in Las Vegas entertainment, such as a show stage that jutted out into the audience, and commissioned a 185-foot sign for the resort that was the tallest free-standing sign in the world at that time.
Financial trouble disrupted this period of stability once again in the 1980s. As a result of changes in ownership, the closure of the Dunes’ famous show Casino de Paris, and legal issues the resort filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1984. Steve Wynn, the owner of the Mirage Hotel, bought the Dunes complex and demolished it in the early 1990s. The site is now home to another of Wynn’s famous attractions, the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.