Dracula – and some DVD sets that purport to be vampire sets have Bela movies on them that are not vampire themed. Actually he made relatively few vampire movies and would only actually reprise Dracula once in Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein.
That had not occurred when he made this movie in 1941, in which Monogram brought together Bela and the East Side Kids. In fact I had never seen the film, and never even considered there might be a vampire element to it, until a friend, Leila, e-mailed me and said that she had just watched it and I might be as well checking it out – she had dismissed this one as well, up to that point.
The kids, at the beginning of the film, are being rounded up by the cops and delivered to Jeff Dixon (Dave O’Brien) and Linda (Dorothy Short). They are taking the kids, whether they like it or not, to camp. Actually, one questions why Jeff was involved in this project; he seemed awfully reluctant throughout the film.
Dracula vs Frankenstein). He is at a truck, with coffins and another man (fully caped and dressed roughly like Dracula) called Nardo (Bela Lugosi) asks him they way to the Billings Estate. The man points it out and Nardo breezes off. Another car pulls up and the man recognises the driver as Dr Von Grosch (Dennis Moore), from his book, and realises that he must be hunting the Monster. He tells Von Grosch that the Monster Murderer has gone to the Billings Estate and the Doctor swears him to secrecy regarding his presence.
Soon Nardo has patched Peewee up and given him a sedative to help him rest, but he starts sleepwalking – leading Scruno to declare that Peewee is a zombie. The others become more and more convinced that the house is haunted and Nardo is the Monster Murderer. They even find a book that suggests he prowls at night seeking new victims and sleeps in a coffin by day. Also that he can only be stopped by silver bullets or blessed iron.
The film itself is public domain and so you can see a variety of different quality DVDs of it. There is a re-mastered version. However I downloaded the film from the archive for this article and you can find it here.
The imdb page is here.