Son of Dracula (1943) Slick Horror Noir With Slight Overbite

by on Mar.12, 2012, under Horror Show Hosts

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Son of Dracula doesn’t receive the attention it deserves because, as the usual criticisms go, Lon Chaney Jr. lacks bite; and he doesn’t have a compelling, accented voice suitable for a vampire from the old country; and he’s too pudgy; and he’s–insert your own comment here. True, true, true, to a point, but this eerie, studiously filmed Southern-Gothic horror noir tells its occult story outside the typical Universal Studios scripting framework. Instead of operating tables, motivations centered around jump-starting the Frankenstein Monster, and those trite, pseudo-scientific explanations provided for supernatural monsters, it oozes inky blackness in its shadows that stretch across rooms, enveloping tight corners, and graying the plantation’s dour, moss-covered swampland. It’s also a love story involving a Gothic-minded woman whose morbid interests in death and eternal life provide the temptation that lures Count Alucard (Lon Chaney, Jr.) from his blood-drained homeland to New Orleans.

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