Monday, October 27, 2014

Son of Dracula (1943)

Director: Robert Siodmak

Writers: Eric Taylor, Curt Siodmak

Composer: Hans J. Salter

Staring: Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Craven, J. Edward Bromberg, Samuel S. Hinds, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Pat Moriarity, Etta McDaniel, George Irving

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Can You Take It? More Startling . . . More Blood-Curdling Than Anything You've Ever Seen!

Plot: Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Really?  They had six years to come up with a sequel to the drab DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936) and this is the best they could do?  Before I forget, the coolest thing in the picture is the guy shooting at Dracula and the bullets kill the woman standing behind him.  Nice!  I mean, really nice!  Could Chaney be any less interesting and drab?  It's like he was trying to out-bore the vampire from the previous film.  Was there some rule at Universal that whoever plays Dracula or someone like him has to be devoid of any charisma?  Ugh.  And what's with him going back and forth from calling himself (and other referring to him) as Dr. Alucard and Count Dracula?  I don't think it's ever even mentioned that he's the son of Dracula.  This film is mediocre at best.  I won't be seeing it again.  This is included in the Universal Dracula Legacy DVD set and the only extra for this film is the theatrical trailer.

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