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House of Dracula (1945)
by Craig Butler review

While House of Dracula is far from a classic horror film, it does have an interesting premise: Dracula and the Wolf Man seek out a doctor who can cure them of their afflictions. Unfortunately, this idea isn't developed sufficiently, particularly in regard to everyone's favorite vampire. It's revealed that Dracula is not sincere in his request but is merely using it as a means of making the luscious girl friend of the doctor into one of his brides; yet why the fiend should need to go through such a convoluted and unnecessary ruse is never explained. As in many such films, coincidence runs rampart, further erasing the delicate "believability" line that is so difficult to maintain in supernatural flics. It also should be pointed out that, for a film that features Universal's "big 3" monsters (plus a scientist who eventually develops monstrous tendencies), there's very little horror to be found here. One exception is a marvelous sequence involving Dracula and his intended victim, the latter seated at the piano and playing "Moonlight Sonata" as the good Count begins to work his spell upon her. It's also a detriment that Frankenstein's monster is barely present and really is just shoehorned into the plot. All that aside, the mere presence of the monsters in a "serious" (rather than farcical) film is a plus, and the cast is worthy, if not perhaps capable of providing the same impact of a Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff.