Saturday, October 13, 2012
31 Days of Dracula | Monster Squad (1976)
I know that for children of the '80s, Monster Squad is a movie where a bunch of kids fight Dracula (Duncan Regehr) and his monster pals. For '70s kids though, it was a Saturday morning TV show in which Gopher from Love Boat brings to life some wax statues of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Wolf Man.
Just like in Dell's Dracula comic, the statues decide to make up for the misdeeds of their namesakes by fighting crime as superheroes. They had utility belts, a Monster Van, codenames (Dracula was "Nightflyer"; the other two were "Green Machine" and "Furball"), and battled villains like Julie Newmar as Ultra Witch. Dracula was played by Henry Polic II in the classic Lugosi manner.