School's Out- and So Are Fangs - When Class Gets Dismissed for the “Blood of Dracula”- Tonight!

Posted on March 25, 2023

Tonight on MeTV- we bring back an American International 1950s offering that takes its place among the teenage monster films like “I Was A Teenage Frankenstein” and “I Was a Teenage Werewolf”- but this film puts a twist on the formula by making the terror- a female! This teenage vamp puts a cramp on campus activities in “Blood of Dracula”!

In this 1957 chiller, we meet Nancy, unhappy about her life, especially since her father has, shortly after the death of Nancy’s mom, taken a rather nasty new bride. This circumstance and the unrest it has caused has now forced Nancy to go to a distant girls’ school, so father and his new mate can begin their lives together -without her.


Her first night at the Sherwood School for Girls is no picnic- a clique of popular girls, the “Birds of Paradise” invade her room and give her a hard time. Nancy actually passes their “test” by not ratting on them when the housemother comes in to check what all the noise is about! Myra, the head “bird,” introduces Nancy to the one and only boy on campus, a groundskeeper that the girls take turns dating. Nancy, however, is unimpressed by the lawn-mowing Lothario- she has a much better specimen of a boyfriend back home.

Myra heads to the office of the school’s chemistry teacher Miss Branding, to whom she is an assistant. The teacher tells her about her prize thesis- which claims there is a terrifying power within us all, just waiting to be unleashed. She tells Myra all she needs is to find a student to “experiment” with to validate her theory- someone with anger issues. From what she’s seen, Myra suggests Nancy would be the perfect subject.

Miss Branding plans a nasty mishap in her next chemistry class that will allow her to have a one-on-one meeting with Nancy. She works on gaining Nancy’s confidence, then asks to hypnotize her- supposedly to help her work out her problems. Nancy agrees, and Branding puts on an ornate amulet, which Nancy jokes is costume jewelry- only to be told that it is actually an ancient artifact from the Carpathian Mountains ( yes, the original home base of Count Dracula the renowned vampire).She claims this bauble is possesses great and unusual power. Branding puts Nancy into a hypnotic trance- and places the poor unaware girl under her control!

This control becomes evident the night of a “Birds of Paradise” party where some uninvited male guests sneak in and come dangerously close to getting caught! Miss Branding has sent word that, even at this late hour after the party winds up, Myra should go down to a storeroom to get the things needed for tomorrow’s chemistry lesson. As she does, Branding clutches the amulet and remotely exerts her control over Nancy. The result- Myra ends up being fatally attacked by –well, something -that has left two puncture marks on her throat- and her all blood drained! When a coroner’s assistant recognizes that condition, and brings up tales he was told by an exchange student from a village in the Carpathian Mountains about vampires, investigators scoff, and will not even consider that theory.

Perhaps soon they will have to- when more similar murders occur! Nancy begins to suspect that she herself is involved- but can she find release from Branding’s “experiment” before there is more mayhem?


As I said, this movie has similarities to the other AIP teenage monster films, especially “Teenage Werewolf”- with both the main characters being troubled teens who undergo hypnosis to supposedly “help” them. We’ll run down the cast list, with some faces you’ll recognize from other films of this era, give some production background, invite you to guess along another round of our “Too Drawn Out” game, give you yet another alternative for further education, and provide a song. We are also happy to bring back some of the interview we did a few years ago at the Flashback Weekend horror convention-with the one and only Robert Englund- complete in Freddy Krueger make-up! Plus- we do have a much-requested revisit with a Dracula-like duck hunting family.

“Blood of Dracula” runs tonight ( blood usually runs in these movies) at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. If you need help in finding the time and station in your area, you can consult your local listings or check at . As always, viewers will be live-Tweeting during the show, using the hashtag #svengoolie – and you are welcome to join in! Chicago area viewers can also once again go ape over “Konga” this morning on CW26 at 11 am.


Make sure you check under the “appearances” tab here on our website- for the info on my live guest appearance next Tuesday night at Zanies in Rosemont, IL, for Nick Digilio’s podcast ( now with a new special “buy one, get one” ticket deal!)- and the schedule for our visits to the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention next Friday and Saturday!

Tonight, though, you will have to stick to our lesson plan- which could lessen your blood count!

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 during show

1MikeM 1 month ago
...and dat was da Blood of Dracula...and dat's da name a dat tune!
Kyle 1 month ago
Too much of ol' Doc Potter's Sippin' Medicine.

I'm headed to bed.

You guys have a nice race.
Katink Kyle 1 month ago
Hope you feel better, Kyle!
deadringer42 1 month ago
Vincent price on carol burnet Doing horror movie humor.
Including mummy and bride of Frankenstein
Very funny stuff
abc123 1 month ago
I so wanted to share with my nephews son, who will be 7 soon, but it was not to be.
Katink abc123 1 month ago
That's too bad, abc!
Jack abc123 1 month ago
Fruit cocktail isn’t s’posed to be that color!
daDoctah abc123 1 month ago
I finally got around to opening up a can of eel a few nights ago to make an eel bowl.

Darn fish had gone off so bad it fermented, and *exploded* when I tried to microwave it, leaving greasy black powder over all six sides of the oven that I then had to clean off and dispose of as hazardous materials. Wasted a pre-cooked rice bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks in the process too.

I thought canned food was supposed to last, like, forever.
Kyle abc123 1 month ago
Aw, man!

Had my P-38 handy and everything!
Carl_N_Brown abc123 1 month ago
My uncle in the National Guard in the 1950s gave me and my brother Jeff gifts of his issued C Rations. We loved them (Dad confiscated the cigarettes). Ever so often I'll buy a small can of spiced ham & a can of lima beans and cook up a pot of nostalgia.
Cartoondave 1 month ago
Watching Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde from 1931 with Fredric March I would to see Sven pick this up sometime?
TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Pssst, let me let you in on a little secret. They’re going to be 10 minutes late with the new blog tonight. As an April Fools gag. Yeah, that’s the ticket, an April Fools gag.

So no one needs to show up until 10 minutes after midnight. Just go ahead and find something else to do at that time.

I’m going to pop back in around midnight, just in case we have folks that didn’t get the message.

Now remember, wait to sign on to the new blog at ten minutes after midnight, to be a part of a big April Fools joke.

And if anyone asks, you did NOT hear it from me.

After all, what are friends for.

Mikeyyy TheKodakKid 1 month ago
With friends like you I’m very very concerned!!
VanGooliac TheKodakKid 1 month ago
How do we know YOU’RE not the one playing an April fool on all of us just so you can be first blogger ?
Mikeyyy VanGooliac 1 month ago
I will be here at midnight Just in case he’s trying to pull a fast one…
MrsG Mikeyyy 1 month ago
🎶 This one goes out to Mikeyyy in the fast lane ~
I Can Feel It Coming In The Air Tonight ~
Hold On *_^
~ And that Mr. KKid is a stinker !
♥️ 🎩 🖤
CrazyK TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Good one! 👍
abc123 TheKodakKid 1 month ago
with bait like that, you will catch your quota for sure...
TheKodakKid VanGooliac 1 month ago
VanGooliac, would I do something like that?

Wait a minute, don’t answer that question. I plead the fifth! Get me Perry Mason. Get me Ben Matlock. Order in the court. Get me another Jack and Coke.
Kyle 1 month ago
Battle Royal time!
MrsG Kyle 1 month ago
I think there were 12 of ‘em in there at once !
🤼‍♀️ 🤼 🤼‍♂️ 🤼‍♀️ 🤼 🤼‍♂️
Kyle 1 month ago
On a squishy food diet right now.

Fronch toost, fried in bacon grease.
Katink Kyle 1 month ago
Yoda, Kyle! That sounds and looks delicious!
Katink Katink 1 month ago
*Yowza *
Klaatu 1 month ago
It’s Friday night and at Bob’s Big Boy, they have a Friday Car Hop Car Show. Locals bring fun cars. I think I’ll take the 944 over (40 year old car), get an order of their classic onion rings, a Cherry Coke (made with Real cherry syrup), and hang out a bit👍
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Mikeyyy Klaatu 1 month ago
For 15k I want the whole car not half!
MrsG Klaatu 1 month ago
♥️🤍Soooo cuuuute
Jack Klaatu 1 month ago
Ooo! A Nash Metro! Does the trunk open?
Jack Mikeyyy 1 month ago
But think of what you’ll save on gas!
Kyle 1 month ago
I haven't seen this one before.
JohnBlair Kyle 1 month ago
One... ah! aH! Ah!
Kyle JohnBlair 1 month ago
The Count is always fun!

Search him and "unnecessary censorship" for a good laugh.
Cartoondave 1 month ago
You guys and gals are my extended family here and I need good vibes tomorrow April 1st marks the first year I lost my dear niece Brooke Barron due to a drunk driver in which she was riding with, so I'm not sure if I'll be here for the midnight championship or cartoons in the morning and may not be blogging much during A&C? I'm already crying 😭 while post this please forgive me
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Cartoondave MrsG 1 month ago
I'll try MrsG
LmerFudd Cartoondave 1 month ago
May memories of the good times you shared offer comfort during this time.
Cartoondave LmerFudd 1 month ago
Thanks LnerFudd
Katink Cartoondave 1 month ago
Sending blog love to you, Dave💕
PatS 1 month ago
Awwwww...I just missed 3333...
LTTG and I are on the way to Seattle so may be posting satire later than usual. Unsettled weather delays. Will make every effort to get in the first hundred!
Drang PatS 1 month ago
Be warned: winter has returned up here.
Lynn 1 month ago
No fooling! Tomorrow is newsletter day!!!
Kyle 1 month ago
Friday and off at noon!


Also, I broke a tooth and they can't get me in until the 20th.

Sucky poo.

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VanGooliac daDoctah 1 month ago
Maybe if you roll the tanna leaves into a cigar and smoke it while you drink
Kyle VanGooliac 1 month ago
I'm not a smoker. My lungs are shot.

Funguses now....
Kyle MrsG 1 month ago
I have a friend in the office. Already got moved from the 29th to the 11th, and she is watching cancellations for me.

It pays to be nice to people 20 years ago.

Karma is a thing.
Kyle VanGooliac 1 month ago
I would try that Whisky if I could find it.

Local store does pretty well for a little town, but not that well.
MrsG 1 month ago
🤠 Holy Cowboy Batman🦇🦸‍♂️
It’s Adam West on BONANZA
Catbat MrsG 1 month ago
Ahh my Beloved Batman 🦇
MrsG Catbat 1 month ago
💜 was thinking about You Giiiirrrrlllll ^_^
CrazyK 1 month ago
I heard there will be a fundraiser for the Mummy…
all funds raised will go to
a good gauze 🙄🤑😁
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Aceman2 CrazyK 1 month ago
That is a good one CrazyK
Catbat CrazyK 1 month ago
Ok how long did you work on that one?😂😂😂😂😂
CrazyK Catbat 1 month ago
All night 😂
Katink CrazyK 1 month ago
Good one, CrazyK!🤣😂😆
Jack 1 month ago
Hey Group!

The ballots for the 21st Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are out. If you’ve voted before, they should be appearing in your inbox soon. If not A or B preceding, check out!
CrazyK Jack 1 month ago
Thanks for the reminder (I don’t check e-mail too often) I’ll take a look and see if mine is there.
CrazyK CrazyK 1 month ago
Yep, it’s there! 👍
TheKodakKid Jack 1 month ago
David, who runs the Rondo Awards, told the service they use cuts off the emails at some point. So even though he sends ballots to everyone that voted the previous year, they might not receive it. He never knows where the cutoff will be. So if you don’t receive a ballot, just go to the website. Also, check your junk mail folder. Because it’s coming from a mailing list, your provider might automatically treat it as junk mail.
TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Jack TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Cue the Cure!

🎶I don’t care if Mondays black
Tuesday Wednesday heart attack
Thursday never looking back
It’s Friday I’m in love
CrazyK 1 month ago
It was a ToonInwithMe dance party this morning! 😃😎🎶
daDoctah CrazyK 1 month ago
Would have liked to see Nostalgiaferatu in there.
CrazyK 1 month ago
Lisa Whelchel on ToonInwithMe this morning, what a perfect host for COLLECTOR’S CALL 🙂
I’m happy CC is back for season 4 this coming Sunday!
And a pic of Cartoon Curator Bill (pre TIWM) from when he appeared on season 2 of “Collector’s Call” I hardly recognized Bill w/o Toony by his side! 😂
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