Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 5th, 2018
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1974 (Lucifer’s Women), USA, 1978 (Doctor Dracula)
Directors: Paul Aratow (Lucifer’s Women), Paul Aratow, Al Adamson (Doctor Dracula)
Writers: Paul Aratow, Cecil Brown (Lucifer’s Women), Paul Aratow, Cecil Brown, Gary Reathman, Samuel M. Sherman (Doctor Dracula)
Cast: Susan Bonthron, Jane Brunel-Cohen, Robert W. Carr, Clair Dia, Larry Hankin, Norman Pierce, Paul Thomas (Lucifer’s Women), John Carradine, Don ‘Red’ Barry, Larry Hankin, Geoffrey Land, Susie Ewing, Regina Carrol, Jane Brunel-Cohen, Norman Pierce, Paul Thomas (Doctor Dracula)
BluRay released: January 30th, 2018
Approximate running times: 91 minutes (Lucifer’s Women), 91 minutes (Doctor Dracula)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC (Both Versions)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English (Both Versions)
Subtitles: English SDH (Lucifer’s Women)
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
“Acclaimed author, John Wainwright, has developed an interest in satanism and black magic. Hoping to manipulate him to suit his own perverse desire, Wainwright’s publisher, Sir Stephen convinces him to perform the ultimate black rite: a human sacrifice. Selecting a beautiful burlesque dancer to be their victim, Wainwright begins having doubts about his beliefs, as Sir Stephen becomes more and more preoccupied with the black arts, and murder…” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
Lucifer’s Women was directed by Paul Aratow (China Girl) in 1974 and when the film did not fare well at the box office. Lucifer’s Women was reworked four years later by Al Adamson (Nurse Sherri) in to what is now known as Doctor Dracula.
Content wise, Lucifer’s Women is a sleazier film that features a handful of soft-core sex scene, while Doctor Dracula is a by the numbers horror film.
Lucifer’s Women was made during an era, when satanic themed films were in vogue. And though, Lucifer’s Women features all of the ingredients that have become synonymous with satanic themed films. The end result is a film, that ultimately a film that gets bogged down by its soft-core sex scenes.
Then there is Doctor Dracula, a film that suffers from an identity crisis. And nowhere is this more evident, then when it comes to the juggling of newly shot footage, with footage from Lucifer’s Women. With that being said, despite its own short comings, Doctor Dracula is by far and away, the more entertaining of these two films.
Lucifer’s Women / Doctor Dracula come on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source for this releases transfer was newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm negative elements. The sources used for these transfers are in good shape. With print related debris being minimal. Image clarity and colors fare well, flesh tones look accurate and grain looks natural.
Each version of the film come with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly enough to follow and everything sounds balanced. Range wise, both audio mixes are best described as flat. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a trailer for Lucifer’s Women (2 minutes 5 seconds), text-based liner notes titled The Second Coming of Svengali: The Spirit of the Beast in Lucifer’s Women written by Samm Deighan, an interview with actor Paul Thomas (20 minutes 4 seconds) and an audio commentary with producer Sam Sherman (this extra is only available for the version of the film titled Doctor Dracula).
Topics discussed in the interview with Paul Thomas include, his origins as an actor, background information about his acting career before his transition to XXX cinema, Autobiography of a Flea, Lucifer’s Women, the cast, onset memories, his thoughts about the film and his thoughts about low budget Horror films.
Topics discussed in the audio commendatory include, the origins of Doctor Dracula, Independent-International Pictures, Constellation Films Inc., Lucifer’s Women and how it became Doctor Dracula, the cast, how Doctor Dracula was prepared for a package of films that his company were selling for television, John Carradine, production related topics and his thoughts about Doctor Dracula. This audio commentary does not start until after the opening credits and it ends around the sixty six minute mark.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Vinegar Syndrome gives Lucifer’s Women its best home video release to date.
Note: This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Kevin Thomas) is limited to just 1,000 units.
Doctor Dracula Screenshots