Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Macabre Movie Poster Madness - Draculized

After 352 days or so, I've decided to try and resuscitate Space Bastard. This poor site has just been laying dormant, waiting for it's time to return. And now seems as good a time as any. I'll probably just use this for movie poster or DVD cover posting purposes for now, but we'll see where it goes from there. Right now I've got a lot of posters I want to put up but I don't want Manchester Morgue to be too overrun with posts of posters.

So here we go. According to the IMDB, there are over a dozen movies called Dracula and 156 movies with the name Dracula in the title. Then, you have to factor in the Dracula spin-off titles, Blacula, Deafula, Rockula, Count Dukula, Count Chocula.... If you ask me, that's too much Dracula. But questioning the need for nearly 200 movies with Dracula in the title is not the purpose of this post. The purpose, you ask? To showcase some of the more unusual and badass pieces of artwork used to advertise these films.

Jack Freakin' Palance (real name: Volodymyr Palanyuk) as The Count squares off against Nigel Freakin' Davenport's Van Helsing in Don Curtis' 1973 STTV (Straight to TV) film.
Franz Josef Gottlieb's 1978 (presumably erotic) Lady Dracula. I've never caught this one before, but it stars Evelyne Kraft (the super hot Ah Wei from The Mighty Peking Man) so how bad could it be?
This is actually an alternate title for The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Not nearly as cool as the Japanese poster I posted on the Morgue recently, but I still rather enjoy it. As cool as the posters for this movie can be, it's sure had a poor DVD Cover history.
1974's Vampira, also known as Old Drac, or Old Dracula for long, this film features David Niven of Pink Panther fame as Dracula in his Twilight Years.
Andy Warhol's Dracula - Young Dracula is one the many alternate titles the film is known under.
And another Andy Warhol's Dracula. Less wacky, more whacked-out-on-acid-ey.
Son of Dracula - The first Rock'n'Roll Dracula movie, or the so the tagline says. Son was directed by Oscar-winning Cinematographer Freddie Francis who directed Dracula Has Risen From The Grave 6 years earlier.
Dracula's Dog, or the much better sounding Zoltan, Hound of Dracula was unleashed (zing!) on audiences in 1978 by director Albert Band. Band also directed the acclaimed I Bury The Living seven years after son, and future doll obsessed filmmaker Charles Band was born.
This last one shows what happens the world's most famous vampire falls on hard times and has to go Blue. And like many, many prurient thespians of the era the D-man is sporting a pretty respectable white-guy fro on the poster. (This fro is not actually in the film, as funny as it would've been.)

Good God, I just realized almost every single one of these was made in the 1970's. What are the odds? Astronomical? I think so.

Anyway, stay tuned next time for a look at the art of Dawn of the Dead.