Elvira's Movie Macabre: Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks/Count Dracula's Great Love [2 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 7948616
- Release Date: 09/19/2006
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This is a superior Hammer-style effort from Spanish horror star, Paul Naschy (aka Jacinto Molina), better known for his recurring werewolf character Valdemar Daninsky. Here Naschy portrays a rather beefy-looking version of the legendary vampire masquerading as Dr. Wendell Marlowe, the director of a castle-based sanitarium in which a quartet of lovely but unfortunate travelers have sought shelter for the night. Before long, the count has made late-night snacks of the three of them, sparing the virginal fourth woman for a ceremony intended to revive his long-dead daughter. All the Naschy trademarks are on hand, from the rich gothic feel to the nearly senseless story line (made worse by clumsy re-editing in the American release version); most available prints are missing much of the film's plentiful gore and kinky eroticism. This film is also known as Cemetery Girls, Cemetery Tramps, and Vampire Playgirls, among others. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks
Another horrible horror from Italy, which undoubtedly marked the absolute nadir of Rossano Brazzi's career in the wake of South Pacific. Brazzi plays the deranged Dr. Frankenstein (the credits list him as a Count -- someone must have gotten their monsters mixed) who, like many Frankensteins of yore, endeavors to build an enormous humanoid monster; this one has been given the more biblical name "Goliath." Again, as is the case with so many of his mad-doc brethren, Frank has failed to plan ahead and secure a proper brain for the creature's empty cranium (finding one for the director might have been a better idea). He assigns this task to his somewhat less-than-competent servants, including a dwarf named Genz (Michael Dunn). Believe it or not, the operation does not come off as smoothly as planned, and Genz is exiled from the castle. Miffed, the disgruntled fellow plots revenge against his ex-boss, enlisting the aid of a Neanderthal man named "Ook" (credited under the quaint pseudonym "Boris Lugosi"), who likes to wear jogging shorts. None of this really makes any sense, as it serves only as a vehicle for abundant female nudity and plentiful gore. Also known as House of Freaks and released to video as Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Ingrid Garbo
- Mirta Miller
- Haydee Politoff
- Charo Soriano
- Vic Winner