“I believe anything can happen, in a person’s mind.”
Dracula (John Carradine) and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.) both seek the help of Dr. Edelmann (Onslow Stevens) in curing their ailments; soon the Wolf Man stumbles upon the body of Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange), who Dr. Edelmann decides to revive.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Horror Films
- John Carradine Films
- Lionel Atwill Films
- Lon Chaney, Jr. Films
- Mad Doctors and Scientists
Of all the Universal Studios “monster flicks” I’ve watched over the last few months (and that’s quite a few), House of Dracula stands out as probably the least of them all. There’s honestly nothing new here to speak of — unless you count the inclusion of a beautiful hump-backed female nurse (Jane Adams) as Dr. Edelmann’s assistant.
Visually, it’s as stunning as the rest of Universal’s output, with appropriately atmospheric cinematography, impressively baroque sets, and some creatively conceived imagery.
But the lack of any type of original story for these (overly) familiar characters was simply killing me — and the forced inclusion of Frankenstein’s monster into the narrative is (if possible) more egregiously nonsensical than ever before. This one’s really only for diehard fans.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Dracula hypnotizing Martha O’Driscoll into playing piano music she’s never heard before
- Atmospheric cinematography
- Some creative imagery
Definitely not; like so many of Universal’s other follow-up “monster flicks”, this one will only be of interest to fans of the series.