Watching this black and white, original Universal horror icon, you can see why it is a classic. Bela Lugosi IS Count Dracula, and the famous scenes really are very memorable.
It's a shame then that the rest of the film is not much cop. It's slow, lazy and dull. It's spiced up a bit by Dracula's arch-nemesis Van Helsing, but apart from that the rest of the characters are instantly forgetable.
As Dracula's castle is grand, sweeping and gothic, back in England it's rigidly dull, and extremely slow-plotted, even over its hour ten minute length.
The stand out moments - the first time Van Helsing discovers Dracula doesn't cast a reflection is brilliant, and whenever Lugosi awakes from his coffin - really make you glad you have this film on DVD, but can't make the rest of the film seem better.
Meanwhile House of Dracula is a worthless piece of film that does little to nothing to further enhance Universal's horror icons - but in fact tries to dispel the mythological legends as just people with a disease. And so this film concerns itself with a Doctor who is trying to cure Dracula and the Wolfman.
That set up ruins the whol horror premise, as we are not meant to understand these creatures - they are supernatural. And this film tries to explain them, and obviously fails. The inclusion of the Wolfman played by Lon Chaney was inspired, but the extended cameo of Frankenstein's monster was pointless.
As usual for this series of DVDs, the extras are pretty in-depth, and intelligent to watch. More interesting than the actual films!