Dracula arrives at Dr. Edelman's office asking for a cure to his vampirism. However, this is a ruse by Dracula to get near Dr. Edelman's beautiful female assistant and turn her into a vampire. Meanwhile, a sincere Lawrence Talbot, AKA the Wolfman, arrives seeking a cure for his lycanthropy. When Dr. Edelman's first attempt fails, Talbot tries to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, but instead finds a network of underground caves where Frankensteins Monster is in stasis. Chaos ensues as the three monsters fight for dominance of each other.Written by
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Lionel Atwill was terminally ill with cancer during filming and died six months after the production wrapped. See more »
Although the Frankenstein Monster has been mouldering in a warm, moist environment for years (in the muddy caves at the base of the cliff), his clothing is apparently immortal, too, for in the very next scene after his discovery in the caves his clothing appears pristine and brand new, showing no signs of the inevitable mold and rot that ordinary fabric would incur in such conditions (unless, of course, the Doctor has re-dressed him in identical clothes, which seems unlikely). In contrast, the clothing of Dr. Niemann, who was buried/and found with the Monster, has completely rotted away, to reveal only bones. See more »
What are you doing here? Who are you?
I am Baron Latos. I have come to you for help.
It's five o'clock in the morning.
I must apologize for the intrusion. But travel is very difficult for me, and I've come a long way.
I don't understand.
Perhaps you will, after you've led me to the basement room of this castle.
Eh - a very strange request. This castle is my home!
Have no fear, doctor. Had conditions permitted, I would have presented myself in the usual manner.
Well, it is most ...
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Opening credits ooze down from the top of the screen, ending in a straight line of words. See more »
HOUSE OF DRACULA is a small notch below the previous HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, mostly because the novelty of the three monsters theme feels repetitive. Just the same, it's much fun and a fitting conclusion to the "serious" monster pictures in a beloved series.
John Carradine is capable again as Dracula, but Lon Chaney's Wolfman stint is really automatic by now. Once again, Glenn Strange is an impressive Frankenstein Monster, albeit a brief one for the last minute or two. The real attraction this time is Onslow Stevens in the role of a kindly sympathetic doctor who sets out to "cure" Dracula and the Wolfman, but ultimately becomes a sort of Jekyll/Hyde as a result of his efforts. Stevens is excellent in this film, and takes center stage.
Still, there is a feeling of "yesterday's leftovers" with the film. Stock footage is lifted again from GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and there is a general aura around the proceedings which suggests that it was thrown together more hastily.
These negative comments in no way make for an unsatisfactory view, however...HOUSE OF DRACULA is the last of its line, and still an essential Universal Horror.
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