HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) – Episode 158 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“I find it difficult to believe that a human being can change himself into a bat, or that by feeding upon the blood of the living he can obtain eternal life. But what has this discussion to do with us, Baron Latos?” Watch and learn, grasshopper. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they travel to a house that’s a bit crowded … with monsters! Yes, they’re in Universal’s House of Dracula (1945)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 158 – House of Dracula (1945)

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The Wolf Man and Count Dracula beg Dr. Edelman to cure them of their killing instincts but Dracula schemes to seduce the doctor’s nurse. And don’t forget Frankenstein’s monster stuck in a cave below.

Ah, the Universal Monsters! Who doesn’t want to sit down with the classic Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, and the Wolf Man on any given Saturday afternoon? Many Monster Kids consider this episode’s film, House of Dracula (1945), the canonical end of the famous monsters’ original cinematic run; however, others will continue to include Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (1948) into the mix, happily! Either way, director Erle C. Kenton’s third film featuring the Monster of Frankenstein is a fun, enjoyable romp regardless of how silly and overly convenient the plot remains. Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, and Glenn Strange all return as the Wolf Man, Count Dracula, and Frankenstein’s Monster respectively, each providing the best performances possible given the circumstances. Onslow Stevens, along with co-stars Martha O’Driscoll and Jane Adams, wonderfully provide the strands that hold the storylines together. Throw in Lionel Atwill for good measure and it’s a tried-and-true Universal Monster “house” feature. Grab your popcorn and large soda and join the Grue-Crew as they catch up with the shenanigans. 

At the time of this writing, House of Dracula is available to stream from the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel, the Classic Horror Movie Channel, and the Wicked Horror TV Channel, as well as a variety of PPV sites. In terms of physical media, the film is available in Blu-ray format as part of Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection, Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection, The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection, and Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection.

For more Universal Horror, check out these Decades of Horror: The Classic Era episodes:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Jeff, is The Manster (1959), an American production, filmed in Japan, that answers the age-old question: are two heads better than one?

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.