House of Dracula (1945)

Posted: August 14, 2011 in Movie Review
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House of Dracula (1945)

Directed By: Erle C. Kenton

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr, John Carradine, Glenn Strange, Onslow Stevens, Martha O’Driscoll, Jane Adams

Subgenre: Vampires, Werewolves, Frankenstein

House of Dracula

Synopsis: Both Dracula and the Wolf Man are looking for cures to their “curses” and seek out the assistance of Dr. Edelmann.

Thoughts: First off, this is a direct sequel to House of Frankenstein, so it is best to watch that first, but you can still check this out on its own.  This also happens to be one of the last of the Universal classics that featured Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s Monster (with the exception of Abbot and Costello gigs).  The world of horror was on the verge of its foray into Science Fiction inspired horror.

Sadly, this is also one of the weaker entries with all the “classics.” I prefer House of Frankenstein and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man much more.  It just seems as if Universal wanted to hurry up and get another movie out there with all their fading stars before it was too late.  There is very little interaction between the monsters, and Frankenstein’s Monster seems to have a “throw-in” part, just so he can be included on the billing.

Lon Chaney Jr reprises his role as Lawrence Talbot, which is a role that I think he could play in his sleep.  Talbot and Chaney are synonymous to me, and even interviews I see with Chaney, I see a lot of Talbot.  I really think he could show up on a set and play the character without any knowledge of what the movie was about.

John Carradine takes his turn as Dracula, and while he does a decent job, I just have a difficult time not seeing Bela in the role.  This isn’t so much a knock on Carradine as it is love for Lugosi.  A very interesting turn was Jane Adams as the hunchbacked assistant.  This character had historically been played by a disfigured man, but Adams is quite attractive, minus the hump on her back.

House of Dracula seems to be the pioneer in something horror fans would see for with many popular franchises, as the studios went to the well one too many times.  Even so, House of Dracula is still pretty fun for me to watch.  I guess I am just a sucker for the Universal classics, much in the same way I can sit through any of the Friday the 13th movies multiple times (yes even Jason takes Manhattan).  That being said, I would only suggest to other fans of the Universal classics.

  1. I agree. Not the best but a lot of fun.

  2. shnsjolin says:

    I just can’t NOT have fun watching the old Universal flicks. I love even the worst of them.

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