House of Dracula (1945)

USA, 1945
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Erle C. Kenton.

Plot Summary

seeks the help of Dr Edelman's in curing his vampirism, but in fact is really after Edelman's beautiful assistant who he vampirises. Shortly afterwards, Larry Talbot arrives looking for a cure for his lycanthropy. When Edelman's procedures fail, Talbot tries to commit suicide but instead finds Frankenstein's Monster in a network of . Before long, Dracula, the Wolf Man and the monster are slugging it out.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Copyright MCMXLV [1945] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents a Universal picture
Executive Producer: Joe Gershenson [real name: Joseph Gershenson.[/mfn]
Produced by: Paul Malvern
Original Screenplay by: Edward T. Lowe
Assistant Director: Ralph Slosser
Director of Photography: George Robinson
Film Editor: Russell Schoengarth
Musical Director: Edgar Fairchild
Music: William Lava *, Paul Dessau *, Charles Henderson *, Charles Previn *, Hans J. Salter *, Paul Sawtell *, Frank Skinner *
Director of Sound: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Jess Moulin
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Make-up Artist: Jack P. Pierce
Hair Stylist: Carmen Dirigo
Special Photography by: John P. Fulton
Art Direction: John B. Goodman, Martin Obzina
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Arthur D. Leddy

Lon Chaney Jr (Lawrence Talbot)
John Carradine (Count Dracula/Baron Latos)
Martha O'Driscoll (Miliza Morrelle)
Lionel Atwill (Inspector Holtz)
Onslow Stevens (Dr Edelman)
Jane Adams (Nina)
Ludwig Stossel (Siegfried)
Glenn Strange (Frankenstein's monster)
Skelton Knaggs (Steinmuhl)

Alternative Titles

La casa degli orrori – Italy
La Maison de Dracula – France
La mansión de Drácula – Spain
The Wolf Man's Cure

Sequel to
Frankenstein (1931)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
Coming Soon (1982)
Dracula: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (1999)
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of The Wolf Man (1999)
Wolfman Chronicles (1991)



  • American Cinematographer vol.66 no.1 (January 1985) pp.33-41 – illustrated article (Jack Pierce – Forgotten make-up genius by Frank Taylor)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.44
  • Classic Images no.364 (October 2005) pp.6-11 – illustrated article (Pentagram Reviews: House of Dracula (Universal, 1945) [part one] by Blackie Seymour)
  • Classic Images no.366 (December 2005) pp.14, 79-83 – illustrated article (Pentagram Reviews: House of Dracula, Universal – 1945 [part two] by Blackie Seymour)
  • Daily Film Renter no.7321 (18 February 1957) p.3
  • The Dark Side no.63 p.25 – review
  • Fangoria no.134 (July 1994) p.51 – illustrated video review (The Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2584 (21 February 1957) p.17
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.4/5 (January 1963) p.151
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.24 no.279 (April 1957) p.47
  • New York Motion Picture Critics Reviews vol.2 no.46 (31 December 1945) p.61-62 – compilation of reviews
  • Today's Cinema vol.88 no.7716 (18 February 1957) p.8
  • Scarlet Street no.8 p.71 – review
  • Scary no.114 (Fall 2019) pp.62-63 – illustrated article (The wolf man's movie by Ernie Magnotta)
  • We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.30-31 – illustrated article (Ansel's asylum for the psychotronic No.3 by Ansel Faraj)


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  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.115
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  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn pp.63-67
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer p.61 – note
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  • by Walt Lee p.203 – credits
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  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.152
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.111-113