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universal's monster swansong and a very good one.
on 7 March 2007
there is a touch of sadness, that after many years of producing films with dracula, frankenstein's monster, the wolfman and the mummy, universal finally brought the curtain down on their famous monsters with "house of dracula."
happily though, the universal horror cycle finishes on a high; lon chaney jnr. returning for his fourth outing as larry talbot/the wolfman, takes centre stage by his desire to be finally rid of his affliction. he plays the part well. although i consider john carradine only adequate as dracula, i'm glad that he has more screentime here than before. i'm also happy to see lionel atwill again in a role that should have been expanded.
the only negative points i can think of, are as follows; onslow stevens as the kindly doctor turned mad scientist, isn't quite convincing enough(certainly not as effective as boris karloff in "house of frankenstein"), glenn strange as the frankenstein monster is merely added for the effect of "window dressing" and the film does feel slightly restricted with everything revolving around the film set of the hospital.
still, these are mere quibbles and can easily be forgotten. long may the legacy of the universal horror films live on.