James Rolfe: It's time for Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness". In our history of horror cinema we've seen that the 1930's and 40's were the golden age of grade A chillers. But the 50's were more about the atomic age; giant tarantulas, alien invaders and science experiments gone completely wrong. There were all kinds of B-movies but not really any genuine horror films. Even the William Castle flicks were kinda tongue-in-cheek – they were just fun.
This is where Hammer Films came into play. Hammer was a studio in England who were responsible for putting the 'horror' back in the horror. They remade all the classics like "Dracula", "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy". But now there was color, there was blood and there was cleavage. By today's standards it's pretty tame but back then it was hardcore.
(Dracula violently stabs a woman to death with a knife)
James: What really put them on the map and made a star out of Christopher Lee was their "Dracula"-series. "Horror of Dracula", "Dracula - Prince of Darkness", "Dracula has Risen from the Grave", "Taste the Blood of Dracula", "Scars of Dracula", "Dracula A.D. 1972" and "The Satanic Rites of Dracula".
These movies earned Christopher Lee the reputation as being the second best Dracula. Lugosi set the image and the voice, but Lee; he was badass! Look at that face. Try to stab him with a wooden stake? He'll just throw that shit right back at you. And as usual Dracula sure knows how to get the ladies – Dracula is a pimp. How many ways can a vampire die? Well, if you watch all these movies you'll find out. He gets sunburned, drowned, stabbed, electrocuted, stabbed, stabbed, uh-- Damn!? Dracula gets all fucked up.
Parallel to the "Dracula"-series was Hammer's "Frankenstein"-series. Unlike the ones from Universal which followed the monster as a central character, these ones follow Dr. Victor Frankenstein who creates a different monster in each movie. The doctor is played by Peter Cushing – possibly the best ever.
Dr. Frankenstein: I'm harming nobody! Just robbing a few graves…
James: Usually Dr. Frankenstein is depicted as being guilty for his creation in accident, but here he's one malicious bastard.
Paul: Victor! Where is this brain to come from?!
Dr. Frankenstein (slowly revealing a grim smile): …I'll get it.
James: All he cares about is his work and he doesn't give a shit who he's gotta kill.
Dr. Frankenstein (before purposely pushing the professor over the edge of a staircase): Look out, Professor! Look out!
James: Not only is he a mad doctor and a murderer – he's a rapist too. I like the old fashion look of his laboratory and just the sense of the crude science that's going on. If you're looking to find them the films are "The Curse of Frankenstein", "The Revenge of Frankenstein", "The Evil of Frankenstein", "Frankenstein Created Woman", "Frankenstein must be Destroyed" and "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell". The monster in the final film was played by David Prowse, who looks like a bald gorilla. David Prowse of course would later be cast as Darth Wader alongside, once again, Peter Cushing – how ironic. But then what do you get when you take Count Dracula and give him a lightsaber? You get Count Dooku.
Count Dooku: I sense great fear in you, Skywalker.
James: And then what does this remind you of?
(Scene from "Star Wars – Episode 3" where Darth Wader is seen rising from the slab)
James (talking over a picture of George Lucas): Somebody was a fan and I don't blame him 'cause these movies are awesome.
Dracula: Now my revenge is complete…