Sunday, January 24, 2010

"Dracula's Daughter" Hangs With The "She-Wolf Of London"

"Dracula's Daughter" is the 1936 Universal vampire sequel to Bela Lugosi's classic 1931 feature "Dracula".

Directed by Lambert Hillyer from a screenplay by Garrett Fort, "Daughter" stars Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill and Edward Van Sloan.

Based on author Bram Stoker's story "Dracula's Guest", the film begins where "Dracula" ends, with the 'Count' destroyed by 'Professor Von Helsing' (Van Sloan).

Von Helsing is immediately arrested by the police and escorted to Scotland Yard, where he confesses to destroying Count Dracula, but because the vampire had already been dead for over 500 years, it could not be considered murder.

Van Helsing enlists the aid of psychiatrist 'Dr. Jeffrey Garth' (Otto Kruger), once one of his star students, while Dracula's daughter, 'Countess Marya Zaleska' (Gloria Holden), with the aid of her manservant,' Sandor' (Irving Pichel), steals Dracula’s body from Scotland Yard and ritualistically burns the fiend's body, hoping to break free of her father's curse of vampirism.

But her thirst for blood only intensifies and The Countess resumes preying on female victims, mesmerizing them with a jeweled ring, before putting the bite on them. After a chance meeting with Garth at a society party, the Countess asks him to help her overcome the influence she feels from beyond the grave, then lures him to Transylvania by kidnapping 'Janet' (Marguerite Churchill), the woman he loves.

"She-Wolf of London" is the 1946 Universal horror feature directed by Jean Yarbrough, starring June Lockhart and Don Porter.

"...'Phyllis Allenby' , living at 'Allenby Mansion' with her aunt 'Martha', cousin 'Carol' and servant 'Hannah'. is soon to be married to lawyer 'Barry Lanfield, but London is shocked by a series of crimes, with Scotland Yard murmuring about werewolves.

'Inspector Pierce' investigates a 'Wolf-Woman' seen prowling at night near Allenby mansion and Phyllis becomes terrified, convinced she is the creature, described in legend as the 'Curse of the Allenbys'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Dracula's Daughter", "She-Wolf Of London".