My lists are going to be quite different. I love the old monster movies with Boris Karloff, Bela Legosi and Vincent Price. Classics. But none of those movies make this list; this particular list features one Saturday morning cartoon and one stop-motion movie.
Recommendation number one: The Drak Pack
This was one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons from the early 80s. The Drak Pack consists of Drak, Howler and Frankie. They are teenage descendants of Count Dracula, Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster (respectively). Drak is Count Dracula's nephew, but it's not said how Howler and Frankie are related to their relatives, i.e., nephew, son, brother.
The Pack initially appear as normal human beings, but when they put their hands together and shout "whack-o" (that's called the Drak Whack), they become superheroes: Drak turns into a vampire, Frankie a monster and Howler a werewolf.
They call each other by the same names whether they're human or monster. Sorta seems to defeat the purpose of that whole secret identity thing.
They use their super powers to fight evil and the main bad guy is Dr. Dred. His henchmen are Toad (his "toady"), Mummyman, Fly and Vampira, and they collectively made up OGRE, the Organization of Generally Rotten Enterprises (it's also been referred to as Endeavors).
When the Pack needs advice, they turn to Count Dracula, who they call "Big D."
There were only 16 episodes made and in my opinion, this series was underrated: The dialogue is surprisingly smart - and quite funny - for a Saturday morning cartoon. Count Dracula's and Dr. Dred's voices are some of the best done in an animated show/cartoon. And hearing Big D pine for his "old diet" or watching him (regularly) slam his fingers in the lid when he closes his coffin is priceless.
The Drak Pack’s intro is below.
Recommendation number two: Mad Monster Party
Mad Monster Party is a stop-motion movie made by Rankin-Bass Productions, the same people who gave us the Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
The plot: Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, so he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor.
Dracula, The Werewolf, The Creature, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and many more attend.
The voice cast is stellar, which includes Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller. The movie trailer is below.
Happy watching - and Happy Halloween!