COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN 2012
DAY 30 - 1 DAY TILL HALLOWEEN
The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula (1977) - Movie review plus screencaps
|The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula|
Frank and Joe Hardy travel to Europe to look for their missing father, and find themselves going undercover as rock singers performing at The Castle Dracula in Transylvania in order to crack the case! Now, this isn't actually a movie, it's a two part TV episode, episodes one and two of season two of the Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries, to be precise. But at 1 hour and 30 minutes, it is movie length.
|Fenton's Flickering Flame|
This episode starts off right, with the Hardy Boys' Father, Fenton Hardy getting cold-cocked by someone in Castle Dracula. We don't see the perpetrator, but he is totally wearing DRACULA BOOTS, so it must be Dracula. Throughout this episode, they constantly cut away to some dude lurking around, but all we see of him are his Dracula Boots and his Dracula Ring. So awesome! I guess it's curious why Dracula hit him in the head, instead of biting his neck, but I suppose we'll find out the truth eventually.
|Fear Factor Zero|
The episode ends with Frank Hardy leaning over a body with vampire bites in it's neck, just as Nancy Drew makes the scene, making it look to Nancy like Frank bit the dude. Holy Hardy Boys Cliffhanger, Batman! I don't know how I'm going to wait a week for part two... oh wait, it's 2012, I don't have to!
|To Be Continued|
Episode two doesn't quite hit the highs of episode one, as a lot of it just kind of repeats what we've already seen, but it's still pretty good. There are more musical numbers, more vampire bites, and more exploration of the creepy castle, and more, more, more close-ups of Dracula Boots.
The highlight of this one for me was when Nancy and the Boys get into a fight with a bat, and completely smash up their hotel room in the process by throwing furniture at it. Another great scene is where Nancy Drew appears behind a villain and yells "stop," which causes him to spin around, flail his arms about, lose balance, and fall down a trap door. There's also a scene with an angry mob of torch-bearing villagers, which no horror movie is truly complete without, as well as visit to a Transylvanian monastery.
The final scene takes place inside Dracula's tomb, where we learn, of course, that there really is no vampire, and the man in the Dracula Boots is finally revealed. However when the police are hauling the criminal away, there is a crazy twist! Is he really a vampire after all? As he says as they arrest him, "stranger things have happened."
Wowie Zowie, the Hardy Boys are great! When I was a kid, these guys we're second only to Batman and Robin in the category of "Crime-Fighting Duos." But a lot of shows or movies that I loved as a kid, when I try to watch them as an adult, I find that they are actually really cheesy and kind of boring. The Hardy Boys Mysteries still make for really solid entertainment, though. Sure, the music and fashion are incredibly out of date, but producer Glen A. Larson really knew how to put together a "formula" TV series like this, with the kind of stories that stand the test of time. This is the kind of show I would like to watch with my kids, to show them the kind of stuff I was into when I was their age... if I wasn't a single guy that's never had any kids, that is.
|Rating: 4 Robots (out of 5)|
Special thanks to Caffeinated Joe for embedding these videos on his blog, without which I wouldn't have known this was online.
Also thanks to YouTube user NancyHardy, for putting this online in the first place!
62(!) more screencaps, after the jump...
|Transylvania - June 4th|
|Frightening Lightning Strikes!|
|Headlights in the Dark|
|Fenton Takes a Gander|
|The Bone Pit|
|Paris - June 9th|
|The Hardy Boys Visit the Morgue|
|Joe Hardy is Pretty in Pink|
|For a Shiny Fur Coat Like This, Feed Your Dog Alpo|
|You're Not Fooling Anyone, Tim. Everyone Knows Your Bald.|
|The Mystery Machine|
|Magical Mystery Tour|
|Munich - June 10th|
|A Dapper Stranger Spies on Nancy Drew. Note: This Guy is Never Seen Again.|
|Fritz, the Lovable Nazi Bellhop|
|Castle Dracula by Day|
|Poenari - June 11th|
|Whatever Happened to the Transylvania Twist?|
|Dracula Castle - June 12th|
|Creep. (The Guy in the Mask, NOT Paul Williams!)|
|Jambi and a Beatnik|
|Even WITH the Top-Hat, the Dude's, Like, 4 Feet Tall.|
|Death Wears a Red Robe|
|That Patented Hardy Boys Lean-In|
|Superstitious Old Beardo|
|Frank Hardy Inspects a Dark Passage|
|If We Rock Any Harder, You'll Have to Start Drinking Your Milk COLD|
|Let's Do The Time Warp Again!|
|A Dracula Hand Reaches For It's Victim|
|Frank Hardy in the Shadows|
|A Shocking Sight|
|Wait, That Dude Was Bernie Taupin? Well, Whaddaya Know.|
|Meka Leka Hi, Meka Hiney Ho!|
|There's A Light (Over At The Frankenstein Place)|
|Down in Flames|
|Hi There! I'm a Freakin' Bat!|
|Who Wants Alpo?|