Sunday, March 18, 2018

From Dusk to Drawn


Beware when were-ghouls start to prowl
Their character's dual--their breath foul
These furry cartoons
Live during full moons
And werewolves will drool--get a towel!

The Wolf Man (and Dracula) in the animated opening credits to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948). Title by dusky Donald B. Benson.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Regrets Only


By this bastard you've just been invited
To his castle both dusty and blighted.
Soon you'll crave things that crawl
As his slavey and thrall
And with nasty bug-lust grow excited.

Dracula (Bela Lugosi) welcomes Renfield (Dwight Frye) to Castle Dracula (Tod Bowning; 1931). Edit and title by the one and only Donald B. Benson.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Die, Fledermaus!

In the fifties the features got sicker
Walking stiffs would play leach in each flicker
A stake through the chest
Would make them at rest
Less terrific with teak in the ticker.

David Cairns

Christopher Lee is Dracula (Terence Fisher; 1958).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pout For the Count

He's so dark, tall and gruesome onscreen
Smiling sharklike, all toothsome, dentine
With his fangs in their necks
Girls go languid, all sex
And loll starkers in twosomes obscene.

David Cairns

Christopher Lee, puts the bite on Isla Blair in Taste the Blood of Dracula (Peter Sasdy; 1970).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Bat and the Beautiful

Chris Lee as Count Drac is compelling
At evil attractive, excelling
But "blue" moves the tix
So new to the mix:
The cleavage of actresses, swelling.

Model and actress Glenda Adams and Christopher Lee in a promo photo shoot for Dracula AD 1972 (1972). Don't hate title writer David Cairns because he's beautiful.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Welcome Back Rotter

Look there! His black cape is unfurling
The hair on your nape started curling!
He's back, but there's more
This Drac demands gore
You stare, mouth agape -- then start hurling!

Suzan Farmer, as Diana Kent, falls under the power of Christopher Lee, Dracula: Prince of Darkness (Terence Fisher; 1966).

Sunday, March 11, 2018


The monster is feckless and large
Into johns he will recklessly barge
This wreck among dolts
With neck-affixed bolts
Turns on by electrical charge.

Dracula, the Monster, and the Wolf Man stalk through the animated credits to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948). That third figure is not a distaff werewolf--it's Lenore Aubert, who played Dr. Sandra Mornay, a beautiful but sinister scientist.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Working the Dwight Shift

He stares with maniacal eyes
"Three squares" means a diet of flies
When henchmen are needed
To the trenches Dwight's speeded
For characters, Frye takes the prize.

Dwight Frye climbs the walls as the insect-eating "Renfield" in Dracula (Tod Browning; 1931). Shifty Donald B. Benson provided the title for this instalment of Dwight Frye-days.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Gore, the Scarier?

A new era with lashings of gore
This year it's the fashion to pour
Crimson goop on a starlet
Till the trouper turns scarlet
Is this fear, or a crashing great bore?

David Cairns

Caroline Munro is awash in the Hammer Films production Dracula A.D. 1972 (Alan Gibson; 1972). Title by snorehound Donald B. Benson.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mess Hall of Horrors

This nightmarish Drac is a sickie
His frightening snacking quite sticky
With gore his jaw's dripping
On the floor you'll be slipping
It might make you yack it's so icky.

Christopher Lee has his fill as Dracula (Terence Fisher; 1958). Title by mess hall monitor Donald B. Benson.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hammer and Sicko

Many fright films were looking old hat
Like a bite from a "spooky" fake bat
They seemed cruddy and duller
Though the bloody new color
Really might make you puke with a splat!

David Cairns

Blood splashes onto Dracula's tomb in the memorable opening shot of Dracula aka Horror of Dracula (Terence Fisher; 1958). Look out, black and white fans, it's Hammer's time at LimerWrecks.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Welcome Bat

When Lugosi descends his grand stair
We're supposed to attend, get a scare
But when Chris Lee acts charming
It is this that's alarming
He's not ghostly, just friendly: Beware!

David Cairns

Bela Lugosi is Dracula (Todd Browning; 1931).

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Undead Cred

They're moldy, these three, they're old hat
The cold one roams free as a bat
These spawn out of hell
Were drawn on a cel
That's old school 2-D, which is flat.

Dracula -- Bela Lugosi: From the animated title credits sequence in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948).