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House of Frankenstein (1944)

Passed | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 December 1944 (USA)
An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), Curt Siodmak (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Doctor Niemann
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Larry Talbot (as Lon Chaney)
J. Carrol Naish ... Daniel
John Carradine ... Dracula aka Baron Latos
Anne Gwynne ... Rita Hussman
Peter Coe ... Carl Hussman
Lionel Atwill ... Inspector Arnz
George Zucco ... Professor Bruno Lampini
Elena Verdugo ... Ilonka
Sig Ruman ... Hussman
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Fejos
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... Burgomaster Toberman
Philip Van Zandt ... Inspector Muller
Julius Tannen ... Hertz
Hans Herbert Hans Herbert ... Meier
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Storyline

After escaping from an asylum the mad Dr. Niemann and his hunch back assistant revive Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein monster in order to extract revenge upon their many enemies. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chamber of Horrors See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The three villages that figure in Universal's Frankenstein saga get rather confusing. In "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein" take place in or near the village of Frankenstein. In "Ghost of Frankenstein," The Monster and Ygor travel from Frankenstein to the village of Vasaria, where "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man" takes place. However--in a geographical disconnect--in "House of Frankenstein," The Monster and The Wolf Man are found in ice near the village of Frankenstein. They are revived and move on to the village of Visaria. See more »

Goofs

When Larry Talbot transforms into the Wolf Man for the final time, his hands aren't made up. This can be spotted before he crashes through the glass door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Gustav Niemann: Now will you give me my chalk?
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A segment of this film was released to the 8mm home movie market by Castle Films, under the title Doom of Dracula. See more »


Soundtracks

Gypsy Tantrums
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Music by Max Rapp and Milton Rosen
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Sum Parts Add Up Better Than the Whole!
14 October 2002 | by jbirtelSee all my reviews

This has some of the best vintage sequences in the series, great George Robinson photography, eerie sets and a nice score from Hans J Salter that expands on the previous entries. And everyone does their professional best to spout the inane dialogue they're saddled with. What's wrong is the silly story that surrounds the events. A movie that promises a Monster Mash results in a collection of Monster cameos.

This is a semi remake of 'Son of Frankenstein', where broken-neck Ygor used the Monster to exact his revenge. This time around, it's mad scientist Karloff (with hunchback Naish) doing the same on those who imprisoned him. But the only 'monsters' used as his proxy for revenge are Dracula and Daniel. The Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster show up just long enough to do their snarls before being dispatched. A nice touch was the triangle love between Talbot, the gypsy Ilonka and Daniel. And like 'Ghost of Frankenstein', there's a difference of opinion on who should be the recipient of whose brain.

But this movie is still fun, probably because it's based more on my nostalgic memories from the first time I saw it as a kid rather than my harsh adult perception. (A & C Meet Frankenstein I saw 1st, at 5 yrs old...another movie with all these monsters in it??...too cool! [just my silly 6 yr old opinion].

This one has the best 'Wolf Man' make-up and man-to-beast transformation (the footprints & the mirror sequence). Carradine's turn as Dracula is very good, but you can't help but wonder if only Lugosi had been allowed to reprise his most famous role. And for his limited input, Strange does just fine as the Monster (better than what Chaney and Lugosi did with the role in the last two) helped by Karloff's coaching on how the monster moved and walked. And it's complete with gypsies, a castle, fog forests and an angry mob (again).

So just grab some popcorn; and double up with Universal's 'House of Dracula' for a fun double feature. Just don't swallow too hard.

A nostalgic 6 out of 10!


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