Joe Dante on

House of Dracula

Released 1945
Distributor Universal

Cut-rate climax to the “straight” Universal Frankenstein series gives us two Lon Chaneys for the price of one. In addition to playing the Wolf Man he’s seen here burning up again as the Monster in stock shots from Ghost of Frankenstein– inadvertently fulfilling the dropped idea of having him play both roles in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. Here at TFH we’re especially partial to these music-driven, title-card-filled studio trailers.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.