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House of Frankenstein (1944)

Passed | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 December 1944 (USA)
A deranged scientist escapes from prison and recruits Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man to get revenge on his behalf.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), Curt Siodmak (story)
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Doctor Gustav 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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THE DEVIL'S BROOD! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Bela Lugosi was slated for the role of Dracula, but the film was dependent upon the presence of Boris Karloff being released from the stage tour of Arsenic and Old Lace (1942). Shooting was delayed, and John Carradine was cast instead of Lugosi, who had a prior engagement: ironically, playing Karloff's "Jonathan Brewster" role in another touring company of "Arsenic and Old Lace." See more »

Goofs

When Dracula is thrown from the carriage, and looks up the hill to where his casket lays, half his mustache is missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Gustav Niemann: Now will you give me my chalk?
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Alternate Versions

A segment of this film was released to the 8mm home movie market by Castle Films, under the title Doom of Dracula. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Monsters! (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Gypsy Tantrums
(uncredited)
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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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