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Re: Son of Dracula (1943)
Edited by Dan in the MW on 10/12/2020, 10:00 pm
Solomon has provided a succinct summary of an undeservedly underrated horror/noir directed by Robert Siodmak. Due to their sibling rivalry, Robert banned Kurt from the set while denigrating the original script which he dismissed as looking as if it were knocked off in three to five days. Robert claimed to have ordered rewrites and said the finished film had its good points.
The movie anticipates the Anne Rice novels by moving the vampires to the bayous. Too many critics complain about Chaney's casting, but he is used sparingly and handles most of his scenes well enough with an emphasis upon the supernatural powers and strengths of the undead.The special effects are quite good too.
It is a dark tale that introduces new ideas while not resorting to a pat ending.