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Dracula (Dracula's Daughter / Son of Dracula)

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Dracula's Daughter Picking up where Dracula left off, Dr. Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), thinking he has rid London of all vampires, is instead arrested for murder. Meanwhile, the beautiful and mysterious Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden) appears in London seeking the understanding Dr. Garth (Otto Kruger), Von Helsing's psychiatrist. A mysterious sequence of events leads Von Helsing and Garth to set off to Transylvania after the elusive countess and to rescue Garth's beautiful fiancee (Marguerite Churchill) in this classic thriller. Son of Dracula Lon Chaney, Jr. dons a cape as Count Alucard (that's Dracula spelled backward), the bloodthirsty son of the famous Transylvanian vampire. And when a beautiful Southern girl, Katherine (Louise Allbriton), invites him to the U.S., they both set out to satisfy their unquenchable thirst for human blood with nocturnal killings of unsuspecting neighbors and relatives. Despite the heroic efforts of her fiance, Robert Paige, Katherine falls under the spell of the evel Count in Son of Dracula, director Robert Siodmak's excursion into the horror genre.

Dracula's Daughter This cut-rate sequel to Dracula, sans Bela Lugosi, turns out to be an unexpectedly sleek and stylish movie. Gloria Holden, tall, dark, and continental, is the aristocratic title character fighting her nature and seeking a cure for her affliction. A sympathetic psychiatrist, Dr. Garth (Otto Kruger), encourages her to "face her fears," but when she lures a pretty young streetwalker to her room to model for a painting, the temptation of her fleshy offering proves too much to overcome. Edward Van Sloan reprises his role as Van Helsing, held by the police for the murder of Count Dracula (the film opens on the final scene from Dracula) but released in the nick of time to help Garth, now at the mercy of the bitter and vindictive vampire. Director Lambert Hillyer makes the most of his low budget, with austere, angular sets and an almost abstract sense of the foggy city night. Holden's mysterious face and tall, willowy body make her an even more striking vampire than Lugosi, and Irving Pichel's offbeat servant is like an American gangster with the breeding of a European aristocrat: thick and thuggish, but always proper. The script falls into the usual rut of Universal's later horror films, losing the mood in the busy plot, but the smooth style and Holden's dignified performance lift Dracula's Daughter above most Universal sequels.

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

Special Features

Disc 1 - Dracula's Daughter:
  • Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers

  • Disc 1 - Son of Dracula:
  • Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Otto Kruger, Jr. Lon Chaney, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan
    • Directors: Robert Siodmak, Lambert Hillyer
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: English, French
    • Dubbed: Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
    • Run Time: 153 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00005LC4J
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    This DVD puts together Drac's two offspring, "Dracula's Daughter" and the "Son of Dracula" (although it IS Dracula, not his son. Oh well).
    These two films often wind up low on fans' lists of favorite Universal Monster Movies, and are dismissed as second rate. I beg to differ- these two are actually some of the more original films made by Universal. Especially "Son", where Dracula is not the prime mover- one of his victims is! The story has some very interesting twists and turns, and is one of the most clever of the Universal Monster movies.
    Much is made of Lon Chaney Jr's portrayal of Dracula as a well fed and burly vampire. True, but he also brings a brute quality to the vampire. This is one vamp who is a dangerous adversary physically, if not mentally.
    A nice addition to anyone's horror collection.
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    Make no mistake, this movie is creaky and slow. It is old, and it is not a great cinematic triumph by any means. Nevertheless it is a gem. And it deserves to be seen as a classic of the genre. Gloria Holden is powerfully compelling as the tortured daughter of Dracula, an elegant and sensitive aristocrat who dreams of somehow escaping the curse of her vampire nature in order to embrace life. That she is a painter adds to her mystique. And the scene in which she seduces a lonely and vulnerable young female model in her studio is chilling, without recourse to special effects. Like all good horror films, this one has a strong moral point of view. Vampires are evil and must pay for what they are and what they do. Yet one finds here all the promise of the vampire concept which will be endlessly explored in later books and films. Here we have a supernatural monster who was once human and remains somehow human, a thinking and feeling abomination that is doomed to suffer excruciating torment as the price for the promise of eternal life. The vampire here is a metaphor for the outsider, the outcast, the lonely one in all of us, and the predator in all of us, too. The tragic dimension of the vampire is much more deeply explored here than in the original Dracula, and the atmosphere of the film, set in a very foggy London, enforces the overall theme of romantic gloom. I recommend this to anyone who wonders why vampires fascinate so many, and especially for those who want to understand the early twentieth century horror classics that inspired countless later films. I also find this an entertaining film. There is a delicacy and poignancy to it that has enduring appeal. I would love to see a faithful remake of this film, but until that happens, if it ever does, there is nothing quite like the original. Enjoy.
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    Two great classic Universal Horror films. "Dracula's Daughter" is spooky & only the substitute of a dummy for Bela Lugosi in Dracula's cremation scene (he was originally supposed to make a cameo appearance as the count, but it never happened) spoils the dark charm of the film. Okay, the hero's wisecracking assistant is pretty annoying too, but you get used to her after a while. "Son of..." is a later Universal effort (and pretty much a "B" movie) with stocky Lon Chaney Jr as the count (NOT his son -it's just the title, folks!) and he's surprisingly good, but for his hysterics when confronted with the rising sun (spoilers!). Where's the Blu-ray, Universal???
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    Well no, there's nothing on the level of "Bride of Frankenstein" contained in this collection, but these movies aren't as awful as they might sound. Sure, Universal was a factory back in the day, pumping out sequels without any real concern for the content. Still, there's some very good stuff to be found here.

    Dracula's Daughter is, in my opinion, the weaker of the two Dracula sequels. Perhaps it's just too much of a departure from the original premise, featuring an almost likable vampire who enlists the aid of a psychiatrist to cure her of her blood addiction. There's little development in plot or character, no honest progression from point A to point B. Still, the acting and directing are both adequate, and Marguerite Churchill (Janet) really steals the show as the goofy, vivacious love interest who speaks her mind and cuts her over-serious boss down to size whenever she gets the chance. Add to that a truly unusual premise (even when it fails to deliver much), and some incredibly sexually charged subtext, particularly when the Countess abducts a young woman under the false pretense of having the girl "model" for her. This is one odd-ball film, full of concepts, sexual issues, and gender politics that were way ahead of its time. Not a great film in and of itself, but it certainly deserves a viewing.

    Son of Dracula is a much stronger film in contrast.
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