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Son of Dracula

Son of Dracula (1943)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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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)

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Classics, Horror

Curt Siodmak, Eric Taylor

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5) | DVD (14)

It's a good entry of its type.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Done in by a weak script.

June 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Aside from the big hole named Chaney in the middle of the film, this is one of the most interesting ... entries in Universal's long-running series of monster movies.

December 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

All you have to do is get past the clumsiness of Lon Chaney, Jr., in the lead role, and you're off to enjoying one more of Universal's dependably enjoyable monsterfests.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

They should have stopped at #2

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

The supporting cast, the direction and the musical score help, but Chaney is a serious stumbling block.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A sequel with some bite to it.

October 12, 2002
Zap2it.com

Tired and dreary, the youngest of the Count's clan fails to measure up to his classic dad and his older sister.

September 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

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.
November 7, 2008
sononothing

Super Reviewer

Lon Chaney, Jr's performance as Dracula doesn't hold a candle to either Bela Legosi, who played the original Dracula, or to Chaney's father, the great "Man of a 1000 Faces", Lon Chaney. This film -- to me anyway -- brought the series to a screaming halt. Not atmospheric or scary or anything except boring. The only thing to recommend it is some nice bat-to-human transformation scenes. It's obviously hand-drawn animation, but it still looks pretty good.
January 13, 2008
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