I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (a.k.a. Teenage Frankenstein in the UK) is a film starring Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates and Gary Conway, released by American International Pictures (AIP) in November 1957 as a double feature with Blood of Dracula. It is the follow-up to AIP's box office hit I Was a Teenage Werewolf, released less than five months earlier. Both films later received a sequel in the fictional crossover How to Make a Monster, released in July 1958. The film stars Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton, Gary Conway and George Lynn.
I still have this one on VHS. Now if I only had a working VCR.
I caught Return of Dracula one night on TV. One of the local channels used to show old movies on Saturday nights after midnight. I can't say I remember much about it, so another viewing might just be in order.
This arrangement gives the Baron enough money to buy an atomic reactor, which he uses to create a living being, modeled after his own likeness before he had been tortured. When the Baron runs out of body parts for his work, however, he proceeds to kill off members of the crew, and even his faithful butler, for more spare parts. Finally, the monster turns on the Baron, and they are both killed in a blast of radioactive steam from the reactor. After the reactor is shut down and the radiation falls to safe levels, the monster's bandages are removed, and an audio tape is played back in which the Baron reveals that he had intended for the monster to be a perpetuation of himself, because he was the last of the Frankenstein family line.
Alternative titles during pre-production included Frankenstein's Castle, Frankenstein 1960, and Frankenstein 1975. Shot in a mere eight days on a modest budget, the film was finally titled Frankenstein 1970 to add a futuristic touch. The film's main set was borrowed from the 1958 movie Too Much, Too Soon.
For several years, only a pan and scan VHS tape of the film was available. In October 2009, Warner Brothers released the DVD Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics, which includes Frankenstein 1970 as one of its four films, and features an audio commentary by one of the film's co-stars, Charlotte Austin, and fan historians Tom Weaver and Bob Burns.
The film was released on VHS and CED Videodiscs by MCA Home Video in 1985. The film's first time release to digital format was as a Special Feature on the 30th Anniversary Edition of Halloween II (1981) Blu-ray. On October 15, 2012, Universal released the film on DVD as part of its Universal Vault Series.
The film's DVD and Blu-ray release is presented in the same 1.85:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical release, which also cropped any segments from other films that were originally produced using the anamorphic process.
A 1991 documentary about horror films, narrated by Christopher Lee and featuring interviews with notable horror icons such as John Carpenter, Robert Bloch, Dario Argento, Clive Barker, and many more. My mom found this on VHS in a bin in a video shop, and I wore it out. I watched it constantly.
Although described as a sequel, PRC's 1946 film Devil Bat's Daughter has no actors, characters or close plot elements from the 1940 film.
"All Heathville loved Dr. Paul Carruthers,
their kindly village doctor.
No one suspected that in his home
laboratory on a hillside over-
looking the magnificent estate
of Martin Heath, the doctor
found time to conduct certain
private experiments — weird,
The story involves a small town cosmetic company chemist Dr. Paul Carruthers (Bela Lugosi) who is upset at his wealthy employers, because he feels they have denied him his due share of company success. To get revenge, he breeds giant bats. He then conditions them to kill those wearing a special after-shave lotion he has concocted. He cleverly distributes the lotion to his enemies as a "test" product.
Once they have applied the lotion, the chemist then releases his Devil Bats in the night, which kill his two former partners and three members of their families. A hot shot big city reporter, Johnny Layton (Dave O'Brien) gets assigned by his editor to cover and help solve the murders. He and his bumbling photographer "One-Shot" McGuire (Donald Kerr) begin to unwind the mystery with some comic sidelights. The mad chemist is done in by his own shaving lotion, and by his own creation—the dreaded Devil Bat.
PRC was a young studio when it planned to enter the horror film genre, which had been neglected by the major studios during 1937 and 1938. Lugosi was beginning a comeback when he signed a contract on October 19, 1940, with PRC's Sigmund Neufeld to star in the Poverty Row studio's first horror film.
The shooting of the film began a little more than one week later. PRC was known for shooting its films quickly and cheaply, but for endowing them with a plentiful amount of horror, and The Devil Bat established this modus operandi.
Following its theatrical release, The Devil Bat fell into public domain and since the advent of home video, has been released in countless truncated, poorly edited video and DVD editions.
In 1990, the film was restored from original 35mm elements by Bob Furmanek and released on laserdisc by Lumivision. In 2008, Furmanek supplied his original elements to Legend Films, which performed a new restoration and also created a computer-colorized version. Both the restored black-and-white and colorized versions were subsequently released on DVD.
It marked the film debut of Michael Hale, a former ad man for the Los Angeles Times, who was married to one of Hedda Hopper's assistants.
A beautiful young woman is found in a trance. A taxi driver claims to have taken her to "the Caruthers place," so a police officer and neighbor Dr. Eliot take her there.
They learn, with help from psychiatrist Cliff Morris, that the woman is a Nina MacCarron, and that her father, the scientist Caruthers, once conducted experiments on bats that led people to calling him a vampire.
As strange events occur leading to suspicion that Nina is mad, Ellen Morris, unhappy wife of Cliff, takes an interest in her, as does Ted Masters, who returns from the Army and falls in love with Nina. Together they prove that Cliff Morris is behind a diabolical plot.
"Revenge of the Devil Bat" is a modern day sequel to the popular 1940's Bela Lugosi movie "The Devil Bat". Starring John Link, Richard Dyszel, Conrad Brooks, Shosanna Hill, Cedric Crouch, Ruby Larocca, and many more. Written and directed by Ted Moehring.