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Disappointing given the monsters featured here,
This review is from: House Of Dracula [VHS] (VHS Tape)
House of Dracula is a really weird film, as this sequel of sorts to House of Frankenstein features not only Count Dracula, but Frankenstein's monster and the Wolf Man as well. John Carradine plays a quite pedestrian Count Dracula, while Lon Chaney, Jr., plays the Wolf Man; Frankenstein's monster is played by Glenn Strange, but the monster plays only the most minor of roles in the story. The action takes place in Vasaria (wherever that is), where Dr. Franz Edelman (Onslow Stevens) is pursuing his own rather wacky scientific experiments, placing great hope on some new kind of spore he is growing in his private little hothouse. Both Count Dracula and Larry Talbot (the Wolf Man) come seeking his help; Talbot's wish to banish the Wolf Man manifestation from his life is understandable, but Dracula's reasons for seeking help are never made clear. In the course of trying to help these two special patients, Edelman runs into the body of Frankenstein's monster in a cave underneath his sanitarium (in a rather ho-hum fashion, no less). As you might expect, this association with three monsters turns out to be a bad thing, leaving Edelman in a pretty bad fix himself. It's somewhat difficult to take this movie seriously, but it does provide some wacky good fun in a campy sort of way.
The only decent aspect of House of Dracula revolves around Larry Talbot, as he is finally freed from the curse of the werewolf. The appearance of Frankenstein's monster seems to be little more than an afterthought, and John Carradine is simply horrible as Count Dracula. This was the last of the Universal monster films in their original, horror-oriented sense. They would reappear as comic relief vehicles alongside Abbott and Costello, but when you get right down to it, the script writers of House of Dracula did what all those villagers never proved capable of doing - they killed (for good) not one classic monster but three.