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Son of Dracula (1943)

Son of Dracula (1943)

Son of Dracula




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Son of Dracula represents a felicitious creative collaboration between director Robert Siodmak and his screenwriter-brother Curt. The story is set in the American south, where the mysterious Count Alucard (Lon Chaney Jr.) has recently taken up residence. Katherine Caldwell (Louise Allbritton), a student of the occult, is fascinated by Alucard, so much so that she agrees to become his wife. But when Katherine begins to look and act strangely, her former suitor Frank Stanley (Robert Paige) suspects that something's amiss. Assisted by town doctor Brewster (Frank Craven) and psychologist Laszlo (J. Edward Bromberg), Frank comes to the inescapable conclusion that Count Alucard is actually the dreaded vampire Count Dracula's offspring (this much he might have figured out simply by spelling the man's name backward!) To prevent Dracula from spreading his influence throughout America, Frank and his confreres race against time to destroy the count and, hopefully, rescue poor Katherine.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Curt Siodmak, Eric Taylor
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Lon Chaney Jr
as Count Alucard
Louise Allbritton
as Kay Caldwell
Robert Paige
as Frank Stanley
Evelyn Ankers
as Claire Caldwell
Frank Craven
as Dr. Harry Brewster
J. Edward Bromberg
as Prof. Lazlo
Samuel S. Hinds
as Judge Simmons
Pat Moriarity
as Sheriff Dawes
George Irving
as Col. Caldwell
Charley Bates
as Tommy Land
Walter Sande
as The Jailor
Cyril Delevanti
as The Coroner
Jack Rockwell
as Deputy Sheriff
Joan Blair
as Mrs. Land
Charles Bates
as Tommy Land
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Critic Reviews for Son of Dracula

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

It's a good entry of its type.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Despite all the accepted props, from the lonely Southern plantation set in a miasmic bog to the squeaking bats and creaking coffins, this thriller is a pretty pallid offering.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The script is far from wonderful, and offers Siodmak little to get his teeth into, notwithstanding a beautifully atmospheric first entry for the Count (Chaney and coffin rising from the misty depths of a lake) and an effective finale.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A tedious tale with perhaps the worst performance ever in a film by Lon Chaney, Jr. A fencepost has more charisma than Chaney as Count Alucard. Painfully slow and awkward.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

Chaney is the least magnetic actor to don the Universal cape and fangs, though Siodmak rolls with it and surveys the studio's vampiristic paraphernalia with humorous verve

Full Review… | April 2, 2010

While it is quite silly and suffers from one of the worst casting decisions in the 33 year history of the classic Universal horror, Son of Dracula is actually halfway decent.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Son of Dracula

I don't remember if anyone in this movie was actually the son of Dracula (from the first movie with Bela Lugosi), but this movie is entertaining and I enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Lon Chaney plays Dracula just because he's Lon Chaney in this film about Count Dracula's quest for real estate in the USA. Chaney plays Count Alucard (yes, spell it backwards) who ends up hooking up with a '40's version of a goth chick. Hilarity ensues when she becomes one of the undead because she wants to spend eternity with her true love. Yes, the film and the plot are as stupid as they sound.

Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

Very nice story. The horror aspects of it are played down, even for a classic of its time, but the story is so intriguing with a great payoff that it's well a worth a watch.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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