Son of Dracula
Director: Robert Siodmak
Written by: Eric Taylor
Weapon of Choice: Fire
Based upon: original
Other movies in this series:
House of Frankenstein
House of Dracula
Rish Outfield's reviews
An undisclosed amount of time has passed since Dracula and Dracula's Daughter." But there's a new Count in town, who seems really interested in American soil (and that ain't all, eh ladies?) for some reason. But is he a new Count?
In an incredibly bad bit of casting, Lon Chaney Junior plays the mysterious Count Alucard, which dyslexics will catch before the rest of us.
Cool things of note: Dracula has a moustache in this, just like he did in the novel. The hero burns Count Dracula's coffin so he cannot hide when the night comes to an end. A woman, Kay, gives herself to Count Dracula, becomes a vampire, and visits her old boyfriend, Frank, as an emissary for the dark side. Nice, eerie synthesizer is used, which is bizarre, because I wasn't aware the synthesizer was even invented until thirty years later!
This featured a lot more bat effects than the previous two Dracula films. There is a cool shot of mist rising from a coffin to become Count Dracula. Good transitions from vampire to mist and to skeleton. Effects like these are just great, because of the era they were created in. Today, people would just shrug and say, "Aww, they used a computer," or "They just plugged him into the Matrix machine." But ask yourself how you would do it without today's technology. Not so easy, huh?
The story was written by the director's brother, Curt Siodmak, who wrote all the Wolf Man pictures. Wow, that guy must've been something! Like in The Wolf Man, Chaney is a sad, all-too human, almost pathetic creature– dreadfully miscast as the evil Count.
When all is said and done, Son of Dracula is sort of ho-hummy, but I enjoyed it more than I did Dracula's Daughter."
I'd Recommend It To: Big old-time Universal fans. But not so much the casual ones.
Note: Even though it's called SON of Dracula, there's never any evidence that this is the son of the Count from the 1931 film. On the contrary, it seems clear that this is the same undead Count as in the original, only retitled to cover for the change in actors.
Posted: January 18th, 2002
Total Skulls: 7
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|No one believes only witness|
|Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth|
|Warning goes unheeded|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Death in first five minutes|
|x years before/later|
|Dark and stormy night|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Killer wears a mask|
|Killer is in closet|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|Blood hits camera|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|
|What the hell?|