|HOUSE OF DRACULA (director: Erle C. Kenton; screenwriter: Edward T. Lowe; cinematographer: George Robinson/John P. Fulton; editor: Russell Schoengarth; music: Edgar Fairchild; cast: Lon Chaney (Larry Talbot ), John Carradine (Count Dracula), Martha O'Driscoll (Miliza Morrelle), Lionel Atwill (Holtz), Glenn Strange (Monster), Jane Adams (Nina), Onslow Stevens (Dr. Edelman); Runtime: 67; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Paul Malvern; Universal; 1945)|
|"Lively and entertaining."
by Dennis Schwartz
C. Kenton ("The Public Menace"/"Melody
for Three"/"Frisco Lil") directs this sequel to his
"House of Frankenstein." It features some of
Universal's monsters kvetching about their ailments
and acting serious about seeking treatment for their
problems. It relates their monster attributes as
diseases that are not necessarily super-natural. Wolf
Man (Lon Chaney), diagnosed as ill by exerting too
much pressure on the brain, and Dracula (John
Carradine), diagnosed with parasites in his blood, are
treated by the prestigious good guy doctor played by
Onslow Stevens in his castle lab. Doc is referred to
as an expert in curing monsters of their afflictions.
In the end Wolf Man is cured, but Dracula isn't.
is eventually infected by Dracula's parasite and
thereby turns into a vampire killer, and thereby
revives the Frankenstein monster (Glenn
Strange). Lionel Atwill is the police inspector,
who hears Stevens' confession before he dies and
therefore doesn't arrest Wolf Man for the murder of a
doomed pretty nurse, Jane Adams, is a
hunchback, who must wait her turn as Doc first treats
his monsters before he will try treating her with a
fungus cure to soften her bones.
O'Driscoll is saved by Stevens from a Dracula
blood attack by waving a cross in front of him.
awaits the monsters is a fiery ending to their
miserable lives. The only happy ending is for Wolf
Man, who becomes normal.
messy pic is silly and goofy. But it's lively and
REVIEWED ON 9/20/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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