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Son of Dracula is a 1943 Universal Horror film directed by Robert Siodmak. The second sequel to the studio's 1931 Dracula (following Dracula's Daughter), it abandons the continuity from the previous films and takes its cues from the original Bram Stoker novel.

Set around New Orleans, the film opens with certain Count Alucard (Lon Chaney Jr.) arriving at the Dark Oaks plantation. He was invited by one Katherine Caldwell (Louise Allbritton), who plans to become immortal with his help...

The next Universal film to feature the Dracula character would be the Monster Mash House of Frankenstein. Not to be confused with the 1974 film Son of Dracula starring Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr.


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This film features the examples of:

  • Expy: Prof. Lazlo is the foreign replacement for Prof. Van Helsing.
  • Femme Fatale: Katherine is a pretty ruthless example. She would even screw over the Prince of Darkness himself to achieve her selfish goals!
  • Immortality Immorality: Katherine, who has thanatophobia (a fear of death), wants to turn Frank and herself into vampires so they could live forever.
  • Immune to Bullets: When Frank tries to shoot Dracula, his bullets go through him and hit Katherine, who is behind him.
  • Leitmotif: Dracula has his own whenever he appears.
  • Non-Indicative Name: It is not actually stated that the Dracula in question is the original's son; he might be the count himself.
    • At one point Prof. Lazlo speculates that Alucard is a decendant of Dracula.
  • Not Using The V Word: Vampires don't like to be called such. They prefer "Immortal".
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  • Our Vampires Are Different: If they are hit by sunlight, they turn into skeletons.


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