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House Of Frankenstein

AKA's: Al Di La Del Mistero / Casa De Frankenstein, A / Guarida De Frankenstein, La / Maison De Frankenstein, La / Zingara Y Los Monstruos, La
Chamber Of Horrors (working title) / Devil's Brood, The (working title) / Doom Of Dracula (8mm extract title)

Release date: 1944 USA
Running time: 70' (cover 71') - Source: VHS NTSC b/w
Rating: Germ.: 12; US: NR
Main Crew: Director: Erle C. Kenton (The Island Of Lost Souls 1932; House Of Dracula 1945)
Producer: Universal Pictures
Score: Hans J. Salter / Paul Dessau
Writer: Edward T. Lowe Jr. (based on "The Devil's Brood" by Curt Siodmak)
Director of photography: George Robinson


Summary: A deranged scientist, Gustav Niemann (Boris Karloff), along with the loyal hunchback Daniel (J. Carrol Naish), escapes from Neustadt Prison after being incarcerated for 15 years for crimes similar to those committed by Dr. Frankenstein. He overtakes Professor Bruno Lampini (George Zucco), the director of a traveling Chamber of Horrors sideshow, kills Lampini and assumes his place. Niemann pulls the stake out of a skeleton, reviving the infamous Count Dracula (John Carradine), and commands him to kill the man responsible for his imprisonment.
Journeying to the ruins of Frankenstein's infamous laboratory, Niemann finds the frozen forms of the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange) and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) buried in an underground cavern. Niemann revives both creatures to kill two villagers who testified against his macabre experiments with corpses. But the Frankenstein Monster is uncontrollable and drags the doctor to a watery grave in this exciting thriller.
Note: - Universal, pleased with the box office success of "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man" (1943), added Dracula to the monster mix and made two more sequels: "House Of Frankenstein" and House Of Dracula (1945).
- In its sixth appearance in the Universal Frankenstein series, Cowboy actor and former stuntman Glenn Strange became the fourth actor to play the Monster, taking over the role from Boris Karloff, the Monster in Universal's first three films: "Frankenstein" (1931), "Bride Of Frankenstein" (1935), and "Son Of Frankenstein" (1939). Karloff was also present on the film (playing the role of Dr. Niemann), and thus was able to personally coach Strange in the way the Monster should be played. This was also John Carradine's first take at the role of Dracula.
- Despite the title, this is a Frankenstein film in name only, as there are no characters in the film bearing the Frankenstein name.
- An 8mm one-reel excerpt of the film (which featured Dracula's scenes) was released to the 8mm home movie market by Castle Films, under the title "Doom Of Dracula" (1966).

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