This may be the season for science fiction and fantasy films, given a summer schedule that includes "E.T.," "Star Trek II," "Conan," "The Sword and the Sorcerer," "Tron" and "The Blade Runner." But it's not time to count out good old traditional monsters either -- and not just the title creature in the upcoming "The Thing." We'll also be hearing from more reliable standbys like Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll.
Frm his yacht "Sophisticated Lady," now moored off the coast at the Cannes Film Festival, producer Jerry Weintraub has announced plans to make a series of low-key films modeled after the old Cary Grant comedies, with George Hamilton playing the Grant roles. The first film under the agreement doesn't sound much like a Grant vehicle: It's "Love at Second Bite," in which Hamilton will reprise his moneymaking outing as the tannest vampire ever to prowl the night. While that film gets under way, Salem, Mass. -- long a favored site for creepy films -- will play host to a new Frankenstein film, titled "Frankenstein, the True Story" and aimed at the youth audience. The monster -- named Victor Frankenstein this time -- will be 22 years old; "Little House on the Prairie" star Dean Butler is set for the role. Already in the can is television comedian Mark Blankfield (from ABC's now-defunct "Fridays") starring in "Jekyll and Hyde . . . Together Again," a story in which the kindly doctor turns into a quasi-punk rocker. The trouble is, the studio has asked the film's makers to come up with a different title for the movie -- and try not to use the names Jekyll or Hyde, please.