Saturday Frights: Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980)

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Hey you creeps, remember that time Dracula ate a hamburger while fraternizing with Satan who may I add showed a marked propensity to not wear pants? What? No, I’m not insane! Strap on your disco shoes and sharpen up your neon fangs ‘cuz we are headin’ back to the Satanic Seventies with tonight’s feature, Dracula Sovereign of the Damned!

Thirsty for more info o’ demented Drac fans? Well, you see back in the 70’s Marvel Comics had a hit book on their hands with the masterfully macabre magazine The Tomb of Dracula that ran for 70 issues from 1972 to 1979. And while a feature film or television show was never produced here in the States, Japan more than ably picked up the slack. Released in 1980 for Japanese television by Toei, Dracula Sovereign of Darkness (or Yami no Tei?: Ky?ketsuki ) boiled down the essence of the series into a 90 minute animated feature (although a lot of elements from the comic were dropped including everyone’s favorite streetwise slayer Blade). The film was dubbed into English in 1983 by Harmony Gold (who released Robotech as well), and was played sporadically on cable TV.

But tonight you are in luck, as my boss, Violent Vic Sage has given me permission to rock your socks off with this long forgotten gem! So, allow Phisbo3ns to punch your ticket, Doug McCoy to sell you some treats (although those nachos are clearly a trick), and Claymation Werewolf to take you to your final resting plac…err I mean seat as we begin tonight’s frightful feature!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard. Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula comes the proprietor of The House of Thirteen Doors. What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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