The best holiday of the year is just a few short weeks away, and by now you’ve seen at least a hundred lists of the best horror movies to watch this Halloween. I’ve seen those too and I generally ignore them because I’m not a horror fan, correction, I’m not a slasher/gore fan - those movies scare the bejeesus out of me and I don’t relish lying awake in bed and getting freaked out by the stupidest, smallest sound.
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.
Their mission is to make up for all the bad things their ancestors did. Drak can fly and change into a variety of shapes, but he usually goes with the standard bat. Frankie has super strength and his neck bolts shoot out electrical charges. Howler has super breath and an ultrasonic howl.
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.
And Frankenstein's title is not all that is at stake – the famous doctor has discovered the secret of total destruction that must not fall into the wrong hands.
The voice cast is stellar, which includes Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller. The movie trailer is below.
The Drak Pack and Mad Monster Party are both something little, and big, kids will enjoy.
Happy watching - and Happy Halloween!