A classic but not the best of the sequels to Dracula,
This review is from: Son Of Dracula [DVD] (DVD)
SON OF DRACULA 1943 Universal Studios Region 2 DVD
Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Louise Allbritton, Robert Paige
Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and now I am going through a same process of upgrading everything to DVD. This also gives me the excuse to revisit films which I have not seen for some time.
I first viewed this movie in the late 1950's, I was about fifteen and a school friend invited me to stay at his father's house for a couple of weeks during the summer holidays. His father was a keen film collector and had a small movie theatre in his cellar and we spent a rainy week watching his collection of vintage horror films; an illicit thrill as most of the movies were X-Rated (Over 18 in cinemas) in those days. It was that week which started my interest in collecting films and for the past fifty odd years books and films have been a large part of my life and pocket money budget.
SON OF DRACULA stars Lon Chaney, Jr. and his frequent co-star Evelyn Ankers but is a very pale offering compared to the two preceding films DRACULA 1931 with Bela Lugosi and DRACULA'S DAUGHTER 1936 staring the beautiful Gloria Holden. It was directed by Robert Siodmak and was his first film for Universal studios, with a rather poor screenplay based on an original story by his brother Curt Siodmak.
Lon Chaney Jr. was one of the great Universal stars of the horror genre but was very poorly cast as Count Alucard, a reverse spelling of Dracula, and comes over as stiff and ill at ease with his character, the best perfomance probably coming from Louise Allbritton as the female villain of the piece. The film is most notable as the first film where a vampire turns into a bat on screen.
Either you love these vintage movies or you hate them; both films are classic Universal horror films and well worth having in your collection, I bought both the Region 1 double feature disc and the individual Region 2 issue and both are clear, good definition transfers.