Son of Dracula (1943) [review]

The things I like about these sequels are that they feel to be the lesser know stories of Dracula, or to be exact, members of his family. Saying that, the films, like the decedents of Dracula, seem to be less charming, less interesting than the original, but not to the extent of making them unlikable, they are good, but on a slightly lesser level.

Here we have as the title sagest, the son of Dracula, or a he introduces himself, Count Alucard (Lon Chaney Jr.) who has left his home country as the place has dried up… of people and the blood he needs to survive. There is a feel of keeping this a vampire film, but not necessarily a Dracula film, as odd as that may sound; there’s something of a different angle on the idea… perhaps; maybe the 1940s had a different take on the so called monster of this series which began in the 1930s. Attitudes changing and the need to find something else in the way people saw themselves in the time which this film came out.

Of course people knew more of the world around them and were less willing to believe than they had been in previous decades and generations. People’s taste in what they found entertaining was changing and there is a different look to what we saw in the previous films of the series, maybe this is a little more daring in putting out thoughts, ideas of what could be.

Although Katherine Caldwell’s (Louise Albritton) outlook on life may be mocked for being out of place in the general way of thinking, something which the majority of the characters are less capable of being open minded about, which of course leads to tensions and therefore partly drives the story.

This is a film which is a little longer than most of the films in this series, at an hour and seventeen minutes, and there is a slight feeling that it could have been a little shorter, but not by much.

We see characters venture into the possibilities, doctors wanting to and needing to find allies in those who know more about vampires than themselves, even if their reputations may be found to be not as they were before hand, then there’s friends and family trying to find their place in where their relationships with those around them fit.

This is an enjoyable film; like most of the series, there is a different tone, presumably due to different writers, director and other behind the camera people working on each film in the series. It is a film worth checking out and you will find yourself enjoying what we have here.

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