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.

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Cast

Lon Chaney Jr
as Count Alucard
Creighton Chaney
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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  • Sep 15, 2014
    Sucking out whatever blood remained in the inspired and inspiring original, this oftentimes silly creature feature turns a Gothic classic into classic Southern-fried camp. Of course, when the antagonists name - Count Alucard - is Dracula spelled backwards, you know youre in trouble. The film doesn't spool out but one reel before gifting audiences with the following line of dialogue: "There's no magic in dried lizards and dead chickens." It's an unfortunate line spoken by an unfortunate actor. Bestowing doltish supporting roles on a third tier HWood cast doesn't help matters either. In this unrated continuation of Universals Dracula series, a mysterious count (Lon Chaney, Jr.) finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South and finds himself fighting a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves. The worst part of this flick ends up to be the lead performance. In taking over the role that his father was suppose to make famous before cancer took him, humdrum vampire Lon Chaney, Jr. brings about as much terror to the proceedings as fuzzy Muppet Count Von Count on Sesame Street. Oh, his tenure as a werewolf shows that he's capable of such range but there's none of that evident in this monstrously unscary Dracula follow-up. Robert Siodmak, who directed undisputed horror classic The Wolf Man in 1940, brings a great deal of atmosphere to the photography but not so much to the script. Rather than the sequel that Dracula deserves, he turns out some vamped up voodoo phooey. J. Edward Bromberg even sports an Eastern European accent in his thankless role as Professor Lazlo, a discount bin Van Helsing. Bottom line: Slow Count
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2012
    Lon Chaney, Jr. takes up the mantle of Dracula in Universal's third installment of the series, Son of Dracula. The story continues in America as a young heiress to a southern plantation falls under the thrall of the mysterious Count Alucard, who she met while touring Eastern Europe. Chaney does a fair job and has an on-screen presence that gives the film a certain mystique. Additionally, the film takes the story is an interesting direction and has a few unexpected twists. Son of Dracula is smart and well-crafted, with a fresh take on the Dracula story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Nov 07, 2008
    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 G Super Reviewer

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