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the final hurrah.,
This review is from: House Of Dracula [DVD] (DVD)
it is quite sad in a sense that "house of dracula" is the final instalment in universal's period of classic horror/monster films. they had certainly come a long way since 1931 when "dracula" and "frankenstein" were first unleashed back in 1931.
the same old monsters are on hand to cause havoc and mayhem all over again: just as before, dracula is given the most screentime which i happen to agree with as he is by far the most interesting horror character. john carradine's second appearance as count dracula is in some ways better than before and he plays the character more for eerieness than for chills. old favourite lionel atwill is on hand again for the last time and only a year before his untimely death.
the sets are as good as they ever were and i am glad that the same backlot of the european village was once again put to good use.
overall, the film has a good pace and there is plenty happening to keep the fans happy.
it is just a pity that lon chaney jnr. is rather wasted in his appearances as the wolfman which are all too brief and rather sidelined.
the same can be said for glenn strange as the frankenstein monster as all he does is his usual display of wanton violence and destruction.
even so, the universal horror films could have finished on a far worse film but happily, that has not happened.