How to Make a Monster / Blood of Dracula [Import]
This collection presents a double feature of B-movie horror films produced by exploitation legend Samuel Z. Arkoff: in HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958), a monster make-up man who's not too happy about losing his job strikes back by secretly drugging the studio's teenage stars and creating enough rampaging zombies to turn the backlot into a morgue; while in BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957), a teenage girl who is furious with her father's decision to remarry makes an ideal subject for a deranged instructor's bloodthirsty experiment.
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If you grew up a fan of the Creature Double Feature or have bought up MGM's Midnite Movies, this is perfect for your collection.
If you have a young horror fan in the family this is a safe movie to enjoy as a Halloween treat and certainly has some history in their about the Arms Race. There is also a corny musical number that the family will enjoy laughing about before getting back to the vampire thrills.
The second feature, BLOOD OF DRACULA (as has been pointed out elsewhere), should really have been titled I WAS A TEENAGE VAMPIRE. The setting is an exclusive girl's school where troubled teen Sandra Harrison is turned into a vampire through hypnosis by weirdo science teacher Louise Lewis. What makes these drive-in movies so memorable today is the hidden subtext in both. Whether intended or not (and it must have been), both films have a strong homoerotic undercurrent and are sharply critical of adults and conformist behavior. They are also incredible time capsules of the teen drive-in culture of the 1950s which AIP helped to foster. They won't scare you but they will inform you as to what was going on under the surface of the placid 1950s.