Billy the Kid Vs Dracula (19xx) starring John Carradine, Chuck Courtney, Melinda Plowman

Billy the Kid Vs Dracula

Billy the Kid Vs Dracula (1966) starring John Carradine, Chuck Courtney, Melinda Plowman

In Billy the Kid vs Dracula, Bar-B ranch foreman Billy the Kid isn’t an outlaw any more. He’s turned over a new leaf. He’s engaged to his boss, Betty. They are paid a visit by Betty’s uncle, Underhill, who – totally unbeknown to them – is a vampire.

The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash

The Omega Man [Charlton Heston]

The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash

In The Omega ManCharlton Heston stars as a scientist who believes he is the only human to survive a worldwide bacteriological war unharmed. He attempts to save humanity by developing a curative serum from his own blood … if he lives long enough.

The Last Man on Earth (1964), starring Vincent Price

The Last Man on Earth [Vincent Price]

The Last Man on Earth (1964), starring Vincent Price

Vincent Price stars in the first, and best, adaptation of Richard Matheson”s classic horror/sci-fi novel I Am Legend. After a plague wipes out the human race, Dr. Robert Morgan (Price) struggles with loneliness. And with his sanity as the monotony of the unending days broken only by his daily hunts for vampires! One day on his solitary travels he runs across another surviving human: is she a mirage, or real?

The Brides of Dracula (1960) starring Peter Cushing, David Peel, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur

The Brides of Dracula [Peter Cushing]

The Brides of Dracula (1960) starring Peter Cushing, David Peel, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur

 In The Brides of Dracula, a young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace. Including those at her own school for young ladies. Luckily for them, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way.

Horror of Dracula poster

Horror of Dracula [Christopher Lee]

Horror of Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing bring the Horror of Dracula to vivid, full-color death in this retelling of Bram Stoker’s tale. Dracula (Lee), a centuries-old Transylvanian nobleman damned to an eternal half-life, regularly finds new victims. He also finds Dr. Van Helsing (Cushing), a scientist who becomes the Count’s implacable foe in a deadly game of bat and mouse.

The Vampire Bat (1933) starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye, Robert Frazer

The Vampire Bat

The Vampire Bat (1933) starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye, Robert Frazer

Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Lionel Atwill in The Vampire Bat
Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Lionel Atwill in The Vampire Bat

In The Vampire Bat, people are dying in the small German town of Kleinschloss. They are found dead in bed and drained of blood. So, Burgermeister Gustave Schoen (Lionel Belmore) and Dr Otto von Niemann (Lionel Atwill ) think that vampires are at large. But Detective Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas) thinks otherwise. Suspicion falls on village idiot Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye), known for befriending bats. When the townsfolk attempt to capture him, Herman panics and falls off into a deep well. He is killed, and the townspeople finish the job by driving a stake through his heart. Still, the vampire attacks don’t stop.

House of Dark Shadows (1970) starring Jonathon Frid, Louis Edmonds, Joan Bennett, Kathryn Leigh Scott

House of Dark Shadows

House of Dark Shadows (1970) starring Jonathon Frid, Louis Edmonds, Joan Bennett, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Grayson Hall

In House of Dark Shadows, a smitten vampire seeks a cure so he can wed the reincarnation of his lost love. In his quest, he wreaks deadly havoc upon the inhabitants of the Collinswood mansion.

House of Frankenstein

House of Frankenstein

House of Frankenstein (1944), starring Boris Karloff, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr., J. Carrol Naish, Glenn Strange, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Peter Coe Synopsis of House of Frankenstein House of Frankenstein is the…
Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi in the title role

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, directed by Tod Browning

Synopsis of Dracula

A truly great adaptation of the classic vampire novel.  Dracula is the story of the European vampire who comes to England to find fresh victims …  And stumbles across a young woman who reminds him of his long-lost love. This is actually based on the Broadway play, and not directly on the original novel by Bram Stoker.

To die, to be truly dead … that must be marvelous. — Count Dracula
Mina Seward: Why, Count Dracula!
Count Dracula: There are far worse things awaiting man than death.

Dracula's Daughter, starring Gloria Holden

Dracula’s Daughter


Dracula’s Daughter  (1936) starring Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Edward Van Sloan, Marguerite Churchill

I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by  Dracula’s Daughter–the first sequel to the classic 1931  Dracula starring Bela Lugosi.   Unlike so many of the later Universal Dracula movies,  Dracula’s Daughter does not attempt to revive Dracula.  Rather it looks at the aftermath of his destruction, through the eyes of his daughter, Contessa Marya Zeleska. She is a very reluctant vampire, played wonderfully by Gloria Holden.

Although filmed 5 years after the original,  Dracula’s Daughter takes place immediately after the ending of the first film, as police officers come upon the corpse of Dracula, and arrest Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan, repeating his role) for the murder.   For his defense, Van Helsing plans to rely on the help of a former student, Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger) in hopes of convincing the jury that vampires are real.  And, since Dracula died 500 years ago, Van Helsing can’t be charged with his murder.