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Dracula vs. Frankenstein (aka Assignment: Terror ) - Widescreen

Letterboxed. Not to be confused with Al Adamson's Dracula vs. Frankenstein. This is the second film in Jacinto Molina aka Paul Naschy's Valdemar the Werewolf series of movies. (The first was "Frankenstein's Bloody Terror") Also known as "The Man from UMMO', it stars Michael Rennie (dubbed by a different actor) as an alien from planet Ummo who resurrects three dead mad scientists in an attempt to collect all the worlds monsters to take over the Earth. There's a Vampire called Nosferatu, a living mummy, a Frankenstein wanna-be called "The "Faranksalon" (literally "Franken-science") Monster and the wolfman played by Naschy. Completely bizarre movie mixing science fiction with gothic horror. It seems to be trying to recapture the feel of Universal's House of Frankenstein/Dracula formula rather than imitate Hammer, as European horror's often do. This could have been great, and indeed has a fan following, had they left out the space invaders, who seem completely out of place here. This movie was offered to Independent International and even they turned it down!!! The soundtrack goes in and out of sync. Sorry. Maybe you can download it and fix it.


Los Monstruos del Terror (), also known as Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Reincarnator and Assignment Terror, is a 1970 Cinema of Spain-Cinema of Germany-Cinema of Italy horror film directed by Tulio Demicheli, Hugo Fregonese and Eberhard Meichsner. The last two were uncredited in the film's original print. It is the third in a series of movies featuring the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky, played by Paul Naschy. It was originally slated to be called The Man Who Came From Ummo, erring to the Michael Rennie character.
An English language one-sheet exists for this film, bearing the title Assignment Terror, so AIP may have theatrically disttributed the film in the U.S. It was shown on American late-night TV in the 70's as Assignment Terror, and was later released on VHS as Dracula vs Frankenstein (not to be confused with the infamous Al Adamson film of the same name). Although most TV prints of this film are faded "pan and scan" messes, there is a DVD release from Luminous Film and Video Wurks that preserves the letterboxed image, has nice color and is apparently uncut (although a bit splicy). Reportedly many of the Luminous DVD-Rs self-destructed after several years due to the thick labels glued onto them, and it's difficult to find one that still works.

Synopsis

Extraterrestrial life, running a traveling circus as a cover, revive a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy and Frankenstein's monster with a plan to use them to take over the world. They want to discover the reason that these monsters are so frightening to Earthlings. They then plan to create an army of such monsters using their findings.
The werewolf they revive (Waldemar Daninsky) saves the world by destroying the other 3 monsters in hand-to-hand combat and ultimately blowing up the aliens' underground base, although he is shot to death in the process by a woman who loves him enough to end his torment. The werewolf has no specific origin in this film; it is assumed that the events in this film are continued from the ending of La Marca del Hombre Lobo (1968) in which Daninsky was transformed into a werewolf through the bite of a werewolf named Imre Wolfstein. (Strangely, the wolfman was killed in the same exact manner in that first film, but the aliens surgically remove the silver bullets to revive him.)
Monstruos del Terror was followed by a 1970 film called Fury of the Wolfman.

Production

Lead actor Paul Naschy also wrote the screenplay. The original shooting title was The Man Who Came from Ummo (El Hombre que Vino de Ummo), but the producer changed it to The Monsters of Terror. Direction was split between two people, Tulio Demichelli and Hugo Fregonese. Filming was interrupted because of financial difficulties and also resulted in the script not being filmed as it was written. Whole segments of the script involving flying saucers and a Golem were never filmed as the result of sorely lacking funds.



Category:1970 films
Category:Italian films
Category:Spanish films
Category:West German films
Category:Exploitation films
Category:Mummy films
Category:Frankenstein films
Category:1970 horror films
Category:Vampires in film
Category:Werewolves in film
Category:Films directed by Tulio Demicheli
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