By: Ahmed Almatrook (Five Beers) –
Classic horror movies are fantastic: the makeup, locations, acting, monsters, and the special effects are some of the key aspects that make them fun to watch. Unfortunately, I was stupid enough to think that ALL of them are great *sigh*. Anyways, probably some of the most famous classic horror movies are the Universal horror flicks which have created some of the most fearsome monsters known to man.
Son of Dracula was released on the 5th of November, 1943. It was a part of Universal Film’s “Dracula Trilogy”. It stars Lon Chaney Jr. (Son of the great Lon Chaney Sr.) as Count Alucrad who visits the U.S. under the invitation of Katherine Caldwell (Louise Allbritton) and eventually ends up marrying her. But Katherine is actually using the Count for something that he could not predict at all.
The special effects in the movie were mind blowing. Back in the day, an on-screen change from bat to human was something fascinating and unheard of. And it’s amazing to think that they did it with such primitive technology. The special effects were done by the great John Fulton, who also did the special effects for The Invisible Man .
*Spoiler Alert!!* Ok, so in the movie, the character who we presume is Count Alucard is actually Count Dracula! I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried, I mean, seriously?!?! So you’re telling me that the son of Dracula is Dracula himself? Everyone knows that Alucard is Dracula’s son. Besides the movie is called “SON of Dracula” not “Alucard: Dracula’s alias” . This really pissed me off, the amount of confusion it brought to me was out of this world.
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Let’s assume for a second that Count Alucard is in fact Dracula, then Lon Chaney Jr. fails badly at portraying him. The accent is just wrong, the outfit is nowhere near as good as Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, and the body language and creepiness were non-existent in my opinion. The best Dracula in my mind is still and will always be Bela Lugosi’s Dracula.
I didn’t feel any emotion towards the movie; it’s like I was staring at a blank canvas. I felt like the movie was really blank and emotionless, with only a bit of drama. This really pisses me off because I actually tried to establish something with the movie, but all my attempts were hit with bag of shit right to the face. A movie is supposed to be something that entertains you and plays with your emotions, not leave you staring at the TV like an idiot!
As a HUGE classic horror movie fan, this movie just failed to entertain me. It’s terribly flawed, emotionless, and it gives Dracula a bad name.
Take a Drink: every time someone dies
Take a Drink: if that old lady freaked you out
Take a Drink: for every bat to human transformation
Do a Shot: every time “Alucard” is said