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How to Make a Monster/Blood of Dracula (Cult Classics Double Feature) (1958)

Sandra Harrison , Louise Lewis , Herbert L. Strock  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis, Gail Ganley, Jerry Blaine, Heather Ames
  • Directors: Herbert L. Strock
  • Writers: Herman Cohen, Aben Kandel
  • Producers: Herman Cohen, James H. Nicholson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA5I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How to Make a Monster/Blood of Dracula (Cult Classics Double Feature)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A frustrated monster make-up artist uses his special talents as part of an evil plot to take revenge on the studio that fired him in How to Make a Monster (Robert H. Harris, Gary Clarke. 1958/74 min). In the second cult classic, a local university is the new playing field for a young coed hypnotized into being a vampire in Blood of Dracula (Sandra Harrison, Gail Ganley. 1957/58 min). Color-b&w/NR/fullscreen.

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicholson/Arkoff fans rejoice! February 7, 2006
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Two of the cheesier films from AIP vaults are presented well on a really good DVD transfer. Herbert L. Strock directed both, and "Blood of Dracula" is really the better one. A girl vampire? What fun! Jerry Blaine singing "Puppy Love", and some crazy Lesbian overtones make this loads of fun. If it was released today, politically-correct idiots would be protesting. "How to Make a Monster" is also tacky, a sort of toned-up version of Ed Wood, but not as entertaining as Wood's films. If Ed Wood had studio backing, he might've had a chance. Mr. Strock had that support. Ed Wood was around at the wrong time; the drive-in crowd came only a bit later, and Nicholson & Arkoff cashed in. I absolutely love this stuff for its tackiness, bad acting, bad attempts at musical interludes... I was around for that drive-in crowd back when, and words can't express how fun it was. Even if the films were garbage, we were entertained, and, despite what critics say, I believe entertainment is what it's all about. I was entertained, and never forgot how much I enjoyed these tacky films.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arkoff/AIP legacy revived December 1, 2005
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Another double dip into the drive-in glory that is AIP. A double dip into the career of director Herbert L. Strock. How to Make a Monster (1958 - 73m). A madman is loose on a movie set. And it's hard to tell what killing is prepaid. Don't be shocked at the color part of the black and white film. Blood of Dracula (1957 - 68m) A woman is turned into a vampire by more than getting her neck bit.

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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood of Dracula August 26, 2006
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I have waited a long time for Blood of Dracula to come to DVD. In the mid-1990s I had a VHS version of the horror classic and, being the age I was at the time, enjoyed the campy fun as well as the chill of horror. I suppose this film plays on every students idea that his/her teacher is experiementing on them in one way or another.

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.

Happy Hauntings!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO---AND HOW NOT TO---MAKE A MONSTER April 30, 2010
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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 [1958] 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]. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AIP Hypno-Horror Double Feature Worth Revisiting, July 28, 2011
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Although it was short-lived (only 3 double feature DVDs in 2006), I take my hat off to Lionsgate for making available these Samuel Z. Arkoff Cult Classics in first class, high quality prints. Of the three discs released, this one is by far and away my favorite. HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER combines elements of AIP's (American International Pictures) previous teenage monster films with HOUSE OF WAX to come up with this bizarre story of a veteran make-up artist, fired by new studio heads, who hypnotizes his creations so they can murder the new owners for their callousness. Robert H. Harris gives a remarkable performance as the nutso artist but it is the behind the scenes look at AIP moviemaking and the color finale that make it really special.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great double featute
Great companion to I Was A Teenage Werewolf and Teenage Frankenstein films[which are not available on DVD]'How To Make A Monster" has a interesting story. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Cosmic Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
movies were pretty good I enjoyed them
Published 2 months ago by anthony arratia
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Find This Till Now
I've been looking in all the video rental stores for awhile for this movie. I'm glad I thought to visit the Amazon website. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LAVERNE JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Arkoff strikes again. Beautiful prints. Worth the money.
How much fun can you have! Buy a set for your collection.
These were probably put in the can in a week or two for
about $300,000 -- including the 5 minutes of color.
Published 19 months ago by R Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars How To Have Good Cheezey Movie Fun Of The 50's
Fun watch old cheezey fun movies "How To Make A Monster and Blood Of Dracula",I saw both for 25 cent in late 50's at the show.Blood of Dracula is better of them. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Ronald Brezenski
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically significant
I'm a huge fan of 50s horror and sci-fi but found these a little weak. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy I bought the set, but these are both better suited to collectors than to anyone... Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by kevnm
3.0 out of 5 stars Double-feature, low budget nostalgia
Okay. Back-to-back double-features were made on a shoestring budget for the kids at the drive-in who were probably, for the most part, not always paying attention to what was going... Read more
Published on August 4, 2009 by Charles Justus Garard
4.0 out of 5 stars Quadrilogy
In June of 1957 American International Pictures (AIP) released another of their continuing series of quick and cheap exploitation films called, I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by Michael Osborn
3.0 out of 5 stars It Came From The Fifties
Diversionary entertainment from the Fifties. Two of the "best" B-grade movies from the era. "How To Make A Monster" belongs in everyone's horror collection beside "House On Haunted... Read more
Published on July 26, 2008 by James P. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars 50's Monster Movies
If you like 50's monster movies like I do, you'll like these. The second one is better than the first, in my opinion with a different twist on the vampire movie.
Published on June 19, 2008 by Michael P. Mckenzie
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