No, I'm not kidding. Who ever thought this movie even existed!
In this rare publicity photo, we see the point where Dracula and Santa settle their battle over a game of gin rummy. This was needless to say in Bela's later years, when he was reduced to working with the Poverty Row studios and had to settle for what he could get in the way of movie roles. Still rather a surprise to Lugosi fans, as it was long believed that he only played a 'real' movie vampire three times, in the original 1931 Dracula, the later 1944 Return of the Vampire, and of course 1948's Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. In this film, at least from what little can be learned of it (the original print has been lost and apparently no other copies can be located; indeed this still is the only proof left it ever existed), Lugosi plays the vampire 'Alucard' (you can see they didn't work very hard for this hour-long holiday B-movie) who seeks to learn how Santa gets into every house in the world in one night. Being a vampire, this would of course make meals rather easy for him. As Lugosi explains to his sidekick, "For him a holiday -- for me, a buffet!"
So Alucard sets a trap for jolly old Saint Nick and catches him. He demands Santa's secret, and Santa agrees -- if Alucard can beat him in a card game. The two set down and cut the deck, with Santa stalling for time. His efforts are aided when a group of carolers drop by -- and in. That is, in to Alucard's basement pool complete with a murderous octopus which throttles them all in a scene that critics of the time apparently found a bit much for a holiday film. The game ends with Alucard holding the winning hand. As he gloatingly tells Santa, "You haff lost your reputation, playing cards all night long on Christmas! And I, I have won entry to every home in the world!" Santa tells him no, he hasn't, because he knew of Alucard's plan and went to all the children's homes first. Alucard refuses to believe him until Santa throws the curtain wide and lets the sunlight in. Alucard gives one yell and is reduced to a skeleton dressed in formal attire. Santa then takes his leave with a, "Ho-Ho-Ho! Merry Christmas, everyone!" The End!
Truly one of the most bizarre films ever made in the 50's!