6.2/10
3,246
89 user 41 critic

Son of Dracula (1943)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 5 November 1943 (USA)
Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story) (as Curtis Siodmak)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Onslow Stevens, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr.
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Ygor brings the Monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the Monster's current criminal brain with a normal one.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After being awakened, Larry Talbot chips Frankenstein's Monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures battle each other.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Ilona Massey, Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An eccentric scientist helps a fugitive from the law become invisible, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends.

Director: Ford Beebe
Stars: Jon Hall, Leon Errol, John Carradine
Sci-Fi | Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths living mummy Kharis, who was buried in quicksand twenty-five years earlier.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Coe, Virginia Christine
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Peter Lorre
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An Egyptian priest travels to America in search of the bodies of an Egyptian princess and her living, mummified guardian, with consequences.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Ramsay Ames
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

Director: Stuart Walker
Stars: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson
Certificate: Passed Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier.

Director: Harold Young
Stars: Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Claire Caldwell
...
...
...
Judge Simmons
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Madame Zimba (as Adeline DeWalt Reynolds)
Pat Moriarity ...
Sheriff Dawes (as Patrick Moriarity)
Etta McDaniel ...
Sarah
...
Colonel Caldwell
...
Count Dracula (as Lon Chaney)
Edit

Storyline

Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South after meeting Katherine Caldwell, of the moneyed Caldwell clan that runs a plantation called Dark Oaks. She's obsessed with occult matters. Who better to guide her through this supernatural world than Count Alucard, whose name no one bothers to spell backwards? No one, that is, except the wily Dr. Brewster, an old family friend. He'll join Professor Lazlo, a specialist in the occult, in fighting this "Alucard" and the woman he's influenced. Or has Katherine influenced him? Meanwhile, Katherine's fiancé, Frank Stanley, will find his courage and his sanity sorely tested when he accidentally shoots Katherine to death, yet finds that she goes on living. Written by J. Spurlin

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Chill and Thrill to Dracula's Curse! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destiny  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Compoer Hans J. Salter recycles his score from "Seven Sinners" co-written by Frank Skinner. See more »

Goofs

This film does not take place in the same continuity as Dracula and Dracula's Daughter. Dracula's back-story in the film follows the Bram Stoker novel rather than any earlier film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry [townsman bit]: How are ya, doctor?
Prof. Harry Brewster: Hi, Harry.
Frank Stanley: Hey, Charlie!
Charlie, station agent: Hello Dr. Brewster, Mr. Stanley.
Frank Stanley: How are ya. Say, uh, those all the passengers you have?
Charlie, station agent: Just the four.
Prof. Harry Brewster: You didn't put anyone off at the wrong station, did you? We're here to meet a friend of the Caldwells, a Count Alucard.
Charlie, station agent: There was no Count on this train. All customers. Say - there was a lot of stuff in the baggage car that might belong to your Count.
Prof. Harry Brewster: Thanks, we'll take a look at it.
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

You're not giving--- just lending--- when you buy war savings stamps and bonds--- on sale here See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Hand (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
"Put it out!"
11 August 2006 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I thought "Son of Dracula" was the pits when I was a kid. I simply found it slow and tedious and lacking in the kind of mesmeric atmosphere that makes the best vampire entertainment really tick. But, reviewing the film recently, I found myself enjoying it thoroughly. Go figure...

It's still no masterpiece, of course. Shoehorning Count Alucard/Dracula into a Louisiana swamp-and-plantation setting has always struck me as a weird and arbitrary move. (Though Dracula does get some interesting dialog about how he's attracted to America because it's a youthful and vigorous land.) And the human protagonists are too drippy for my tastes. The supposed hero is Frank Stanley, but his character is too thinly developed to be truly sympathetic. In fact, in an early scene he expresses a sort of jerky glee when the local voodoo woman drops dead of a heart attack, so I suppose you could say he's aggressively unsympathetic!

As usual, the vampires stand head and shoulders above the boring humans. Some people are critical of Chaney's performance, but I think he's pretty good. He's definitely a different sort of vampire from Lugosi - he's less ethereal, and more aggressively powerful. You could say he foreshadows Christopher Lee's forceful portrayal of Dracula in the 1950s-70s films from England's Hammer Studios. Louise Allbritton is even more effective in her role as the female vampire, and, in an interesting twist, she's allowed to have a set of motivations and ambitions that are totally different from Dracula's. In fact, in many ways she's the main character.

In the end, then, I think this movie stacks up pretty well to other films in the Universal series. It's not as eerie as "Dracula" or "Dracula's Daughter," probably because it's a more modern and technologically advanced film. (The primitiveness of the early entries in the series actually makes them scarier!) But it's certainly easier to watch than its predecessors, thanks to its more glossy look, full music score and occasional nifty special effects. You gotta love that mist stuff...

On a side note, I do think that Cheney is playing Dracula's son, and not the original Dracula himself. I'm surprised to see so much controversy about that point on this site. The film is called "Son of Dracula," after all, and J. Edward Bromberg identifies Alucard as a "descendant" of Dracula. Sure, Alucard admits to being a "Dracula" at one point, but not necessarily THE Dracula. As father and son, they would have the same surname - right? Oh, never mind, this is giving me a headache!

One more odd matter of continuity. Bromberg's character says at one point that Dracula was destroyed "in the 19th century." But, since the Universal films had a contemporary setting, wasn't he destroyed in the 20th century in this particular universe? Just thought I'd mention that.


18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?