10/18 -- BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) Mere words cannot describe my love for all things AIP. I'd seen this film once before and found it to be pretty weak, but I can honestly say that I saw it in a whole new light this viewing. First of all, vampire chicks in tight sweaters are HOT, even IF their teeth are all wonky. Secondly, I saw this film as the forerunner to I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF that it truly is. It's a dry run for WEREWOLF, which is essentially a remake of this film with the sex and type of monster of the main character changed. If horror films really do reflect the anxieties of their times, this one shows that in 1957 people were afraid of, in no particular order: a) egghead academics; b) the A-bomb; c) the disintegration of the traditional family unit; d) women in general, and lesbians in particular; and e) vampire chicks in tight sweaters. The attention to detail in this film is quite sly, from the batwing eyebrows sported by the heroine/monster to the bat shape that the thesis attains as it burns. Truly, truly awesome. See Page 2, post #47 for all the films I've watched thus far.