House of Dracula
is a Universal Horror
film from the year 1945.
After the events of House of Frankenstein
, the yet again revived Wolf Man
Larry Talbot is still seeking release from his condition. He ends up in Dr. Edelmann's place for treatment and accidentally finds Frankenstein's Monster
in the caves under the house. Count Dracula
is also there to find a cure for vampirism, but it is only a ruse to get near the nurse Morelle, upon whom he has set his sights.
This film is also notable for having a female hunchback assistant, though she is treated as a sympathetic and kind character (and is quite pretty to boot).
The film was the last serious Monster Mash
film for Universal
. Next up, the comedy duo Abbott and Costello would stumble upon the horrors of the studio
Witness the tropes which pile the horror upon horror!
- Bungled Suicide: Upon hearing that that the supposed procedure to cure him takes some time, Larry decides that one more transformation to a werewolf is too much, and attempts to kill himself by leaping off a cliff. He survives and ends up in cave where the Monster is.
- Contrived Coincidence: The bog where the Monster drowned in House of Frankenstein conveniently leads to the underground caves under Dr. Edelmann's place.
- The Corruption: Courtesy of the blood of Dracula, Doctor Edelman is changed from a noble, devout, and compassionate scientist into a mad killer.
- Doing In the Wizard: According to Dr. Endelmann, Talbot's lycanthropy is a case of self-hypnosis combined with his skulls applying pressure to his brain. After easing the said pressure with experimental
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Dr. Edelmann's cat hisses at Dracula, and later at the doctor himself after he is corrupted by Dracula's blood .
- For Science!: Averted initially. After finding the Monster, Dr. Edelmann attempts to power up the Monster. Nina talks him out of it, reminding him that the Monster is too dangerous to be revived. But once his evil side takes control, he restores him into full power and strangles Nina who tries to intervine.
- Glamour Failure: Dracula casts no reflection to a mirror, nor does the evilized Dr. Edelmann.
- Hope Spot: Out of five movies, this is the only one that ends well for poor Lawrence Talbot (yes, by Talbot standards being forced to shoot the man who cured your nightmarish curse to prevent him from suffering the same fate constitutes ending well). He's cured, and he has a love interest. By the sequel though, he's relapsed, and she's nowhere to be found. Probably dead.
- Hospital Hottie: And in truly subversive and original twist, one of them is The Igor! Okay, well, technically, she's Dr. Edelmann's hunchbacked original assistant. But she's still a rather lovely and compassionate woman.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Edelmann's evil side, who revives the Monster just so he can learn the secret to immortality.
- The Power of Blood: Dracula's blood can apparently turn normal people into completely amoral.
- Shadow Discretion Shot: Dracula's transformation from a bat to human is depicted by a shadow on a wall.
- Talking to Themself: Well, it's more a case of "Arguing With Himself In A Nightmare", but after he gets nailed with Dracula's blood, Doctor Niemann has a dream in which his good and evil selves quarrel over the idea of turning the Frankenstein's Monster loose on the villagers.
- Torches and Pitchforks: Steinmuhl, upon learning that it was Dr. Endelmann who killed his brother Siegfried, manages to bring the villagers into an uproar about it and storm the his hospital just as the Monster is restored to full power.
- Torture Cellar: An old one is under the Edelmann's house.
- Unexplained Recovery: No attempt is made to explain how Dracula and Talbot survived their onscreen deaths in House of Frankenstein. However, earlier movies establish that Talbot revives when his corpse is exposed to moonlight, and a case can be made for his body being found and getting exposed again.
- The X of Y: The film's title.
- You Look Familiar: Lionel Atwill appears as a police inspector for a third time in Frankenstein related films.