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Son of Dracula It was perhaps inevitable that, after playing the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, and the Mummy, Lon Chaney Jr. would round out his horror resumé with a turn at the great bloodsucker himself (not, as the title would suggest, his son). Looking dapper and dignified under the cape, if not exactly threatening, Chaney plays Count Alucard (that's Dracula spelled backwards), a mysterious Carpathian summoned to America by a "morbid" heiress (Louise Allbritton). Eric Taylor's script is rather clunky, but the story (by horror specialist Curt The Wolfman Siodmak) is often quite clever, playing like a supernatural twist on a psycho-thriller. Allbritton's frustrated fiancé Robert Page accidentally "kills" her while trying to shoot Alucard (who imperiously stands up to the hail of bullets) and then goes stark raving mad as he watches the dead rise to life and the living disappear in wisps of smoke and morph into creaky stage bats.
Future film noir legend (and Curt's brother) Robert Siodmak (The Killers) does wonders with the swampy, misty Deep South setting despite his obviously threadbare budget, transforming the usual clichés into moments of inspired melodrama. Only the clumsy antics of the skeptical cops and the plodding exposition spouted by an old Carpathian doctor (he just happens to be the local MD) get in the way of this moody minor horror gem. --Sean Axmaker
"Son of" is about as scary as an episode of Scooby-Doo, despite a clever script by Curt Siodmak, nifty direction by his brother Robert, and a solid cast of Universal... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric O. Allstrom
Son of Dracula is one of Lon Chaney's best horror movies, besides the Wolf man. I made a copy on VHS from television and alwayswanted a copy without commercials. I love it.Published 5 months ago by Jeanette laramore
Initially, I was worried Dracula's Daughter would be treated solely as a comedy, considering the silly banter between the two constables who arrive on the scene just moments after... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Einsatz
put this one on my credit card please, i would like to kept this one tooPublished 11 months ago by tandra clifton
Just love those old horror movies and Son of Dracula has always been a favorite.
Evelyn Ankers never disappoints.
A real treat for horror film fans and vintage movie buffs! The acting by classic stars is superb, the story lines in both films are very imaginative, and for those who love plush... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lorraine