Like most grade B horror flicks of the 50's the poster art is significantly more menacing than the typically talky and tepid movie itself. And as is typical for these types of movies, the "G" factor [Gore, Guts, Gals] is a 1 out of 3, mainly due to the loony dames in Blood of Dracula. How To Make A Monster  was a mild surprise with its novel plot and effective lead actor. Lead Robert H. Harris, whose face will draw you to his numerous, superb Alfred Hitchcock Presents [1955-1962] roles, plays a Hollywood film monster-maker/make-up artist whose 25-year tenure at the studio is abruptly ended. It seems the new owners, who feel that times have changed, want to steer away from the horror genre. The old pro is not too pleased. He concocts a make-up cream that seems to diffuse through the skin and into the brain allowing for mind manipulation. He uses it on his last two actors---a couple of naive kids who are trying to make it in the business---one who plays Frankenstein and the other The Wolfman. The orders: kill---especially those who have pink-slipped him. Harris is splendid as the portly, glib and perturbed monster-maker who himself becomes a fiend, murdering vicariously. An actor named Paul Brinegar, who also appeared in a few Alfred Hitchcock Presents [AHP] episodes, plays Harris' loyal but inept and spineless assistant annoyingly well. He starts to become unglued when a nosey security guard starts putting things together and the cops start closing in. A bit creepy at the end as Harris tries to silence the now-cognizant young actors by inviting them to his museum-like home which is filled with the cephalic replicas of the monsters he has created over the years [including some actual American International Pictures monsters from prior films]. A fire is accidentally started and the replicas begin to melt in rather macabre fashion [see MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, 1933, for the inspiration]. Although this is a black-and-white movie this last part is presented in color! This one played like an extended AHP or Twilight Zone episode. Overall, a decent effort for its B-to-Z origins. Rating: 3.5/5 *'s. As for Blood of Dracula , the less said the better. The "mad scientist" and the killer here are both women, as are most of the supports. As in many B's we have a mix of pretty decent vet actors with pretty bad young ones [some were also in How To Make A Monster]. Here, an insane chemistry teacher uses a chemical and an amulet to transform an obnoxious new boarding-school attendee into a creature that resembles a Wolf but acts like a vampire. At first the beast is a trifle scary [as are most two-legged things with fangs that scamper towards you in the night] but as she keeps appearing the overdone make-up makes her appear rather ludicrous. Should have been retitled, How NOT To Make a Monster. Grade Z camp. Rating: 2/5 *'s. I do recommend this DVD for aficionados of those late-50's horror B's [especially for How To Make A Monster] including fans of 50's teenage camp or the "so-bad-they're-good" subgenre [for Blood of Dracula].