House of Dracula

1945

House of Dracula (1945)

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This sequel to The House of Frankenstein offers an account of a naive scientist (Onslow Stevens) who allows Count Dracula (John Carradine), the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) to seek refuge in his laboratory.

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Cast

Creighton Chaney
as Lawrence Talbot
John Carradine
as Count Dracula
Martha O'Driscoll
as Miliza Morrelle
Onslow Stevens
as Dr. Edelman
Ludwig Stossel
as Zeigfried
Glenn Strange
as The Monster
Skelton Knaggs
as Steinmuhl
Fred Cordova
as Gendarme
Harry Lamont
as Villager
Lon Chaney Jr
as Lawrence Stewart Talbot/The Wolf Man
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Critic Reviews for House of Dracula

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

A nifty thriller for the chiller trade.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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Lively and entertaining.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Another monsterpalooza. But, this time, a major bore.

Oct 26, 2014 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

At least the weirdness gives it a surprising, fresh edge that might as well pass for good by this point in the cycle.

Oct 31, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Lon Chaney lives!

Sep 30, 2007 | Rating: 5/5

There's no mystery here, no suspense or atmosphere.

Jan 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House of Dracula

A later universal monster movie which deserves a watching, it's very interesting and exciting. I know I enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

i really reall do not like this guy as dracula he is a worm compaired to bela lagousi!

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

The classic Universal monster films end with House of Dracula, a film that has a misleading title because it isn't really Dracula's House. Dr. Edelman must be a renowned doctore because Dracula shows up wanting a cure, then the Wolf Man shows up wanting a cure and then Frankenstein ends up being buried beneath the castle. yes, all three are in this and yes, it fails miserably. The only cool thing is a female hunchback, but other than that House of Dracula is a blah B-movie that doesn't really go anywhere.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

½

This moody, creepy horror flick begins on a castle atop a cliff overlooking the sea, a great setting, as a vampire bat flies in and creeps toward a sleeping doctor (Onslow Stevens). The bat changes into a man known as Baron Latos, in reality Count Dracula (John Carradine). He seeks Dr. Edelmann's help to cure him of his vampirism. Eventually the good doctor also wants to help his hunchbacked nurse-assistant (Jane Adams), the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney), and Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange). But Dracula's trickery contaminates the doctor's blood, and he becomes a Jekyll/Hyde vampire himself. This is somewhat better than the prior year's "House of Frankenstein", being less episodic and more exciting visually. There's a hauting scene where Dracula tries to lure the second nurse (Martha O'Driscoll) into his world, where she is initially playing "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano, which soon gives way to terrifying music. Director Erle Kenton uses expressionistic shadows and eerie music to frame many sequences, including a wonderful montage sequence that the studio frequently used in their horror features. Two performers are of note: Stevens, with his wonderful voice, is at first sympathetic, then convincingly menacing. Adams, her beautiful face in alarming contrast to her twisted body, exhibits great pathos and sympathy. It all ends in a slam-bang climax, typical of 1940s Universal horror, a little abrupt, with footage borrowed from "The Ghost of Frankenstein" (1942). I hope Universal releases it soon on DVD (it was left out of their Double-Feature releases).

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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