Son of Dracula 1943 sees Count Alucard, the mysterious and reclusive heir to the Dracula estate, as he arrives in America and begins to seduce and prey upon his unsuspecting victims.
Release date: 5 November 1943
Director: Robert Siodmak
Cast: Lon Chaney Jr, Louise Allbritton, Robert Paige, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Craven, J. Edward Bromberg, Samuel S. Hinds, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, George Irving, Etta McDaniel, Patrick Moriarity, Walter Sande, Sam McDaniel
Studio: Universal Pictures
Country: United States
Son of Dracula 1943 Review
Son of Dracula is a 1943 horror film directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Lon Chaney Jr. as Count Alucard (Dracula spelled backward) and Louise Allbritton as the woman who becomes his bride.
Son of Dracula 1943 was the first Universal horror film to be set in contemporary times, breaking away from the classic gothic settings of its predecessors.
The film follows the Count as he arrives in the United States to escape his past and continue his vampire ways. But he becomes embroiled in a battle with a local doctor who is determined to put an end to his evil reign.
Chaney delivers a solid performance as the suave and sinister (but slightly heavier than normal) Count Alucard, adding depth and complexity to the classic Dracula character.
The film’s use of lighting and shadow create a moody and atmospheric tone, adding to the film’s overall eerie and unsettling atmosphere.
Overall, Son of Dracula is a classic horror film that successfully revitalizes the Dracula legend for a new generation.
Chaney’s performance and the film’s moody atmosphere make it a must-see for fans of classic horror cinema.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Son of Dracula 1943
- Son of Dracula 1943 shows the first man-to-bat transformation on camera. The film was also the first to have Dracula show great strength on camera.
- Filming of Son of Dracula 1943, began on 7 January 1943 and was completed on 2 February.
- Lon Chaney Jr played Count Alucard, the son of Count Dracula. His real-life father, Lon Chaney, was slated to play the original Count in the original Universal Horror Dracula 1931 but died before filming could begin.
- Count Dracula’s alias “Alucard” was used by one of the main characters in Dracula AD 1972, Johnny Alucard, played by Christopher Neame. Author Kim Newman also uses the name Johnny Alucard in his Anno Dracula book series.
- Robert Siodmak put extra effort into the Son of Dracula script, to show Universal execs he was better than the other directors. He was successful and received a seven year contract from his efforts.
Son of Dracula 1943 Trailer
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