06 October, 2010

31 Jess Franco Halloween Horrors: DRACULA CONTRA FRANKENSTEIN (1971)


DRACULA CONTRA FRANKENSTEIN (1971) always makes my top 10 JF film lists. It's the director's feverish homage to Universal's HOUSE OF DRACULA, only done in a deliberately comic-book style with spray painted colors and a very aggressive use of the telezoom.

This really needs to be seen in its 2.35:1 Techniscope OAR, but both the Spanish DIVISA and the US IMAGE DVDs are cropped to 1.78:1, ruining Franco's careful compositions.  Also, both are incomplete, abrupty cutting off the atmospheric organ finale. 

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