My local supermarket had a bargain on the box-set of Seasons 1 and 2 of "Penny Dreadful" (info. here if you're unfamiliar with it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Dreadful_%28TV_series%29) ... evidently taking it's cue from Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's excellent "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" series, it throws together familiar characters from Gothic and Horror fiction into one place and time: so you have, for example, Victor Frankenstein and his Creation crossing paths with Mina Harker and Professor Van Helsing; there are nods towards Richard Marsh's horror novel, "The Beetle"; Dorian Gray is a character and there is an African explorer called Sir Malcolm Murray who is clearly a stand-in for H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain.
So ... with all that going on, who would win in a Celebrity Death Match of Gothic and Horror fiction creations? Could Dracula best the Headless Hessian Horseman? Could Dorian Gray outwit the Wolfman? Could Frankenstein's creation smack down the Mummy in a cage fight? What do you reckon? (PS This is not entirely serious ...)
It's too well known how to kill a vampire. You drive a stake through his heart or cut off his head. Wouldn't the Mummy win? He's already dead so you can't kill him. The wolfman and Frankenstein monster are living and thus can be killed.
It is interesting to me that germs are often the overall winners in horror stories. Like the walking dead- the critters that will ultimately be the last man standing will be the germs that caused the plaque.
John David Rose
Universal has a long history of these types of crossovers with their classic monster movies. After introducing Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and others in individual movies, they started having several of the monsters meeting in the same movie. It seems like in the end the monsters usually ended up destroying each other, although you always had to feel sorry for Lon Chaney, Jr's Wolfman.
John David Rose
Then there's "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" from 1971. Hrm. That one was a bit rough, but it was the last horror movie for horror icons Lon Chaney, Jr and J. Carrol Naish.
Same as in many other movies, the two title monsters destroy each other. If memory serves correctly, I think Dracula actually dismembered the Frankenstein monster, but the battle lasted past sunrise and old Drac turned to dust. lol
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