House of Dracula

1945

Fantasy / Horror

4
IMDb Rating 5.9

Synopsis


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1080p
1.29G
Normal
English
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67 min
P/S 7 / 27

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by beejer 6

House of Dracula is another of the series of all-star monster extravaganzas produced by Universal in the 40s.<br/><br/>This one deals with The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) and Dracula (John Carradine) coming to scientist Onslow Stevens for a cure for what ails them. Along the way they find the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange) and try to help him as well. Well, we all know that things will not go smoothly and the monsters will soon be running amok.<br/><br/>Carradine, playing Dracula for the second time, is quite effective in the role. He gives it his own interpretation and doesn&#39;t try to copy Bela Lugosi. Chaney gives a sympathetic performance as the doomed Lawrence Talbot. Stevens, in a rare leading role, also stands out as the doctor. The Frankenstein monster has little to do until the final minutes of the film.<br/><br/>As monster films go, this isn&#39;t one of the all-time greats, but on the other hand it does provide 67 minutes of solid entertainment.

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Reviewed by JoeKarlosi 6

There has been a debate raging for Universal Monster fans over the decades as to what&#39;s the better film -- &quot;House of Frankenstein&quot; or &quot;House of Dracula&quot;? For me, I may prefer HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but I certainly wouldn&#39;t count out an evening with this one, the final &quot;serious&quot; entry in Universal&#39;s classic monster series. It&#39;s still pretty good, though I feel its main problem is just being a victim of familiarity and nowhere else to really go at this stage. At least &quot;Frankenstein&quot; was a fresh idea at the time, while &quot;Dracula&quot; repeats the old formula again and reveals that our favorite cherished monsters had reached their limitations.<br/><br/>Dracula (John Carradine) arrives at the home of the kindly Dr. Edelmann (Onslow Stevens) to seek a cure from his vampirism. At the same time, the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney) shows up looking for release from his lycanthropy. Through a series of chaotic events, the warm hearted doctor turns into a Jekyll/Hyde madman and becomes intent on reviving the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange). Throw in a pretty &quot;hunchback&quot; nurse and you&#39;ve got what the ads curiously touted as &quot;FIVE Monsters!&quot; <br/><br/>What &quot;House of Dracula&quot; has going for it is more of that vintage Universal atmosphere and soothing music soundtrack, and a superb dual performance from Onslow Stevens as the scientist. John Carradine turns in another fine rendition of his suave Count Dracula, but Lon Chaney&#39;s werewolf is pretty much by the books at this point, although the end of the movie contains an interesting little twist for a change. Glenn Strange makes a very awesome-looking Frankenstein Monster, but unfortunately spends 99% of the film lying flat on his back with the exception of a few minor shots when he&#39;s up on his feet; some of his most active footage is swiped from BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN. <br/><br/>All things considered you could undoubtedly do a lot worse than &quot;House of Dracula&quot; for a nightly Monster Mash, but it&#39;s easy to see why Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein&#39;s Monster were retired after this chapter, and why they needed Abbott &amp; Costello to resuscitate them three years later. **1/2 out of ****

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Reviewed by The_Void 7

House of Dracula works from the same basic premise as House of Frankenstein from the year before; namely that Universal&#39;s three most famous monsters; Dracula, Frankenstein&#39;s Monster and The Wolf Man are appearing in the movie together. Naturally, the film is rather messy therefore, but the fact that all three monsters are there is usually enough to ensure that the film&#39;s sixty seven minutes don&#39;t become boring. It&#39;s obvious that the idea of making another monster mash came into the writer&#39;s head before an actual plot did, as the yarn we&#39;re given isn&#39;t exactly without holes. The plot sees Count Dracula arrive at Dr. Edelman&#39;s home asking for a cure for his vampirism. Then, what can only be described as a coincidence, sees Lawrence Talbot, a.k.a. The Wolf Man turn up asking for a cure for his affliction! It turns out that Dracula is on the prowl for Edelman&#39;s daughter, but Talbot really is serious. When it turns out that he can&#39;t be stopped from turning into a wolf, The Wolf Man throws himself into the sea...where he ends up finding Frankenstein&#39;s Monster.<br/><br/>Overall, this film isn&#39;t as good as the earlier House of Frankenstein. The 1944 film put its plot together better than this entry in the series does, as the plot here doesn&#39;t give equal time to each Universal monster. Dracula&#39;s plot is the biggest at first, but soon fizzles out only to resurface at the end. The Wolf Man is the star of the show, but his story never really develops, and is essentially just another version of the plot he always finds himself in. Frankenstein&#39;s Monster is given the coldest hand, as he appears in the movie merely as an afterthought, and an obvious excuse to ensure that all three monsters appear in the movie. The story of the doctor who binds all three together is the most interesting, but this is a little disappointing as he isn&#39;t the reason why people will see this film. The acting is good enough, with John Carradine showing his sinister side and Lon Chaney Jr once again making sure that his character is bathed in tragedy. Glenn Strange is given nothing to do, and Onslow Stevens proves the real highlight as Dr Edelman. Overall, this film won&#39;t do much for anyone that isn&#39;t a fan of Universal horror; but as silly monster movies go, House of Dracula is worth seeing.

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