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  • Actors: Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Martha O'Driscoll, Lionel Atwill, Onslow Stevens
  • Directors: Erle C. Kenton
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630284178X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,691 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 Frankenstein's Monster is temporarily in cold storage. Chaos ensues as the three monsters fight for dominance of each other.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clay Jr. on March 9, 2000
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This is a good Grade B movie that will please fans of old horror films, including younger viewers that didn't have the advantage to be raised on a steady diet of "Spook Spectacular" TV shows. This was the last of the Universal "Frankenstein" movies, never mind Abbott and Costello. The intelligent nuances and dark humor of the early James Whale entries in the series are replaced by a wildly improbable story (even for this kind of movie) that races to the inevitable fiery conclusion. There is one brilliant scene that transcends the movie's Grade B script. Dracula (John Carradine) enters the room as Miliza Morrelle (Martha O'Driscoll) softly plays Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata on the piano. Under Dracula's hypnotic stare, the music becomes strangely expressionistic and formless as Miliza begins to succumb to his evil power. She clutches a small crucifix at her neck, and Dracula turns swiftly away in fearful repugnance before the eternal symbol of truth and righteousness. Softly, Miliza's playing returns to the quiet strains of the "Moonlight" sonata, and she regains her composure.
The rest of the movie, if not edifying, is certainly entertaining. Larry "the Wolfman" Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) arrives at Dr. Edelman's (Onslow Stevens) gothic clinic on the same evening as the mysterious Baron Latos (i.e., Dracula). Both tormented gentlemen seek release from their peculiar ailments. In a Shakespearean twist of fate, the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) is also found nearby. For treatment Dracula is given blood transfusions, Talbot has brain surgery, and the monster gets shock therapy. For a second string horror film, this flick is an abundance of memorable characters.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
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By the time this one came out, the formula was pretty threadbare. In what was to be the last of the Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman series, the Universal monsters converge on a clinic seeking a cure. Dracula shows up, followed by the Wolfman, who, while stumbling through a cave with the latest mad scientist, conveniently happens upon the Frankenstein monster. It seems that old Frank was fortunate enough to wash ashore under the good doctor's castle. That's when the fun really begins. This is about as contrived as it gets, but it's entertaining at times. John Carradine reprises his role as Dracula; he's no Bela Lugosi, but is far better in the role than Chaney was. So, enjoy it for what it is. It's not great, but not bad either.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hazen B Markoe on September 6, 2001
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Since ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN was a curtain-call for the classic Universal monsters, as well being played for laughs, HOUSE OF DRACULA has to be considered to be the official end of the Universal "Monster-Rally" saga. In this flick, both Dracula (a cadaverous John Carradine) and the Wolf Man (a now mustached Lon Chaney, Jr.) seek cures for their afflictions from a famed doctor (Onslow Stevens). In the course of the film, Stevens will get his blood contaminated by Drac, turning him into a Jekyll/Hyde type maniac. The now-sinister doctor also comes across the Frankenstein monster and seeks to revive the creature. It comes down to a finally cured Wolf Man to save the day. Needless to say, this movie suffers from rushed writing, and wild omissions. For instance, we get no explaination for Drac & Wolfie's returns after they were supposedly killed off in the previous HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. At least, the happy ending accorded Chaney's suffering Wolf Man makes for a somewhat satisfying wrap-up to this saga. Stevens is very solid as the doctor turned fiend, while Chaney is reliable in his signature role. Carradine adds a nice sense of chill as Dracula. Unfortunately, Glenn Strange has little to do, but lie on a table and stomp around for the final 5 minutes as the Frankenstein monster. Not the best of the Universal horrors, but recommended for fans of the classic monsters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave. K VINE VOICE on December 3, 2008
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Upon my first viewing I didn't really care for House of Dracula, which I even stated in my House of Frankenstein review, but I have to say now I really enjoyed it a lot more than the first time. While very flawed like the previous 2 crossover movies I think House of Dracula might now rate as my favorite of the crossover flicks (excluding Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, which I see as a separate entity of the series). Despite the many flaws of House of Dracula it's also a lot of fun to watch.

The biggest problem with House of Dracula is the same exact problem with House of Frankenstein; you have Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster and yet they don't appear on screen together and there were some problems mixing the three together in one film. Edward T. Lowe who wrote House of Frankenstein returns and writes House of Dracula. And his script for House of Frankenstein while good felt sort of like an anthology; the opening act was Dr. Niemann and his story and he remains in the movie. The 2nd act was Dracula; the 3rd act was The Wolf Man and the final act Frankenstein's Monster. It really felt like 4 different movies.

The script for House of Dracula pretty much has the same format, but the plots for Dracula and The Wolf Man work a little better as far as structure goes and it doesn't feel like it's a separate film. But like House of Frankenstein, the Monster again played by Glenn Strange appears around the middle of the movie, but isn't resurrected until the final act and again only gets to move about in the final few minutes. The script though by Edward T. Lowe works well with some really interesting ideas. I would have liked to have seen the Monsters appear together like in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, but Lowe isn't as good as a writer as Curt Siodmak was.
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