Thursday, October 20, 2011

House of Dracula (1945)

Count Dracula and the Wolf Man each arrive at the residence of Dr. Franz Edelmann in the hopes that he can determine the causes of their individual afflictions and rid them of their curses forever, but a failed blood transfusion infects the doctor with Dracula's evil. Meanwhile, Frankenstein's Monster is found encased in mud beneath the castle's cellar, and he is brought back to be recharged by the mad Dr. Edelmann. Will the monsters be cured, or has death returned to the small village of Visaria? HOUSE OF DRACULA serves as a direct sequel to Universal's HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and is the last picture to feature the classic monsters outside of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr., and Glenn Strange each return in fine form, though it is Onslow Stevens who puts forth the strongest performance as the crazed Dr. Edelmann. The waning interest at the box office and decreased budget are both apparent, as the film frequently falls back on stock footage and recycled plot points in this final entry. Jack Pierce's make-up designs never fail to impress, however, and HOUSE OF DRACULA allows each of the monsters to go out with dignity. It is a fine bookend to Universal's original DRACULA series.

Rating: 7/10.

2 comments:

  1. I am a sucker for all of the monster mashups, but Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein has always been my favorite!

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