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(May 01, 2006)
A really bad "classic" horror movie. There is absolutely no suspense and only a little terror with the Wolf Man. The Frankenstein monster is reduced to a role that at best could be called participation. Whoever thought that John Carradine was Dracula was not someone I would ever hire as a casting director. The recent interest and spin that has been placed on this movie amazes me. I remember seeing it as an 11 year old in 1970 and I thought then that it was lacking! I thought the same about the Lugosi Dracula(1931 Tod Browning)in 1970 and I have met scores of fans that bought both of these two movies just to complete their set. Some expreessed the same opinions I have here. Granted like FMTWM this film was given a pre-release hatchet job so in all fairness I will say that some strong scenes as well as some atmosphere may be missing. Recently Classics Images gave two seperate issues over to this rotten egg of a film. Having Chaney the hero with a love interest that he does not kill is good as is the scene in the coastal grotto with the doctor, Chaney as the Wolf Man and the monster. Onslow Stevens was a good yet forgotten actor who is interesting in every film he acted in. He is good here. Also interesting for about a second is the hunchback nurse who is later murdered by the good doctor. Always good to see Lionel Atwill in anything and this may have been his last feature so that is a small plus for House of Dracula. I am trying to save you 67 minutes of your life by telling you to avoid this film. The absolute nadir of the Frankenstein films and the second Universal horror cycle as well. Some shots of the monster are lifted from Ghost of Frankenstein released only 3 yrs. prior to this film!I am a huge horror and Universal fan. Just not of this particular film!