CREEPY CLASSICS presents...
Every weekend we're watching movies together...whether you're in Pennsylvania USA, or Sydney Australia. It's a throwback! Back to the days when you had the anticipation for waiting till the weekend to see the classic horror or science fiction film that was listed in the TV Guide. The plan is to watch a movie at 7:30PM on Saturday night in your own time zone. Or, if you can't Saturday night...anytime during the weekend. Then, we'll all get together and e-mail our thoughts on the film...a few paragraphs...or simply a sentence if you'd like. They after-viewing reviews appear on our Creepy Classics/Monster Bash News Page. See the latest thoughts posted by viewers ther now.
Concept submitted by Mike Adams of Cartaret, New Jeresey.
Don't have the movie of the week? Order it right now from Creepy Classics for fast delivery!
You can see comments from past movies from viewers by clicking on their title.
MOVIE REVIEWS FOR:"SON OF DRACULA" (1943) All right, I'm in the minority -- but I liked Chaney as Dracula. He's powerful, intimidating and electrifying in the climax with Robert Page. Moody film work from Robert Siodmak. A film noir/gothic monster movie! Suggested by Kevin Slick, Louisville, CO.
Don't have this one? Get it at Creepy Classics in the Complete DVD Catalog.
SATURDAY NIGHT/WEEKEND SYNC-UP. DETAILS BY CLICKING HERE.
I found this movie full of dark magic when I was a kid and loved watching it again for our "movie sync-up." I've read numerous articles that talk about Chaney being mis-cast here. I find him absoutely great, with not a hint of Larry Talbot or "Lenny" characters. A totally evil, restrained Chaney makes this movie really work for me. Add in the great photography and John Fulton effects...plus the great cast from beginning to end (including "Jimmy the Crow!"). Chaney pre-dates Christopher Lee as a fiercly powerful Dracula too. Tossing Robert Paige across a room. The climax is intense with Chaney using a death grip on Paige with the dancing shadows of fire. A really, really great and overlooked dynamic vampire movie. This is one of my all-time favorite Universal films.
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA
Dracula is a tough role to take on without a doubt. Fandom has decreed
The whole look and feel of the film is creepy. The dark and
Another element of the film that really works for me is Robert
Louise Allbritton is wonderfully creepy and strange, again a much
-Kevin Slick Louisville, CO
-Jay Maggio, Kingsman, AZ
Perhaps the one film that stirred the Classic Horror fan in me was Lon Chaney Jr's 1943 Universal flic, Son of Dracula. That late Saturday night, years ago, I sat in front of my tv screen in my college dorm room, mesmorized by Chaney's performace, the atmospheric fog, and the gloomy ending. Though I had watched Godzilla, Star Trek, and other Universal films as a young lad, this film struck a cord in me, and I began to delve deeper into this period of film making.
Watching this film again, for the umpteenth time Saturday night, I found that this film still remains one of my favorites. The actor in it shine, and Evelun Ankers and Samuel Hinds are always welcome in any film. The creepy atmosphere and great set pieces add a different charm than other Univeral classics, as it places the film in a entirely new locale, the Deep South. Also of interest is the two transformation scenes of Count Alucard/Draucula...one into a bat (which was done here for the first time, a few years before John Carradine did the same) and the transformation from a fog like vapor. Very creepily done!
Yet, perhaps what I enjoyed the most was the ending. Our hero, Frank, does not walk away hand in hand with a love interest, as in so many other horror films of that period. Instead, he sets his beloved on fire, after she had become a vampire, herself. The film closes as the camera zooms in on his haunted eyes, the fire reflecting off his face.
Though Lon would not have been my first choice to play Dracula (I am a die hard Lugosi fan), he does it well, and I feel it is one of his better films of his career.
-John DeGarmo, Monticello, GA
I totally agree, Ron. I can’t believe we’re in the minority, as Kevin suggested. I would add to your praise of other elements the fantastic musical score – so atmospheric. I remember hearing it first on the “Themes from Horror Movies” album that I ordered from the Captain Company!
Doug Finton, Oakland, MI
Lois Albritton almost steals the film as Dracula's evil bride. Robert Paige is also good as the spineless hero. "Son of Dracula" is also the first film to use the backward spelling, Alucard, as the alias for Dracula. "Son of Dracula" is probably on of the most unfairly neglected of all the Universal horror films. Hopefully that will change in the future.
Send us your comments on SON OF DRACULA (1943).