Son of Dracula
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Son of Dracula represents a felicitious creative collaboration between director Robert Siodmak and his screenwriter-brother Curt. The story is set in the American south, where the mysterious Count Alucard (Lon Chaney Jr.) has recently taken up residence. Katherine Caldwell (Louise Allbritton), a student of the occult, is fascinated by Alucard, so much so that she agrees to become his wife. But when Katherine begins to look and act strangely, her former suitor Frank Stanley (Robert Paige) suspects that something's amiss. Assisted by town doctor Brewster (Frank Craven) and psychologist… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a good entry of its type."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A tedious tale with perhaps the worst performance ever in a film by Lon Chaney, Jr. A fencepost has more charisma than Chaney as Count Alucard. Painfully slow and awkward."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"Done in by a weak script."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"They should have stopped at #2"
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Tired and dreary, the youngest of the Count's clan fails to measure up to his classic dad and his older sister."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Despite all the accepted props, from the lonely Southern plantation set in a miasmic bog to the squeaking bats and creaking coffins, this thriller is a pretty pallid offering."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Chaney is the least magnetic actor to don the Universal cape and fangs, though Siodmak rolls with it and surveys the studio's vampiristic paraphernalia with humorous verve"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Aside from the big hole named Chaney in the middle of the film, this is one of the most interesting ... entries in Universal's long-running series of monster movies."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The supporting cast, the direction and the musical score help, but Chaney is a serious stumbling block."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The script is far from wonderful, and offers Siodmak little to get his teeth into, notwithstanding a beautifully atmospheric first entry for the Count (Chaney and coffin rising from the misty depths of a lake) and an effective finale."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"While it is quite silly and suffers from one of the worst casting decisions in the 33 year history of the classic Universal horror, Son of Dracula is actually halfway decent."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"All you have to do is get past the clumsiness of Lon Chaney, Jr., in the lead role, and you're off to enjoying one more of Universal's dependably enjoyable monsterfests."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A sequel with some bite to it."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
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