Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection

1948
  |  445 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Collection of classic US horror films. In 'Dracula' (1931) estate agent Renfield (Dwight Frye) travels to Transylvania to arrange the sale of an English mansion to nobleman Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi). When Renfield discovers that his host is actually a 500-year-old vampire, he is bitten and himself enslaved. After arriving in London, Dracula attempts to get his teeth into Mina Seward (Helen Chandler), an innocent maiden betrothed to Jonathan Harker (David Manners). However, vampire expert Professor Van Helsing (Edward van Sloan) has other ideas, putting his life on the line in a bid to stop Dracula and his evil plans. In 'Dracula's Daughter' (1936) vampire-hunter Van Helsing believes that he has rid London of the undead when he finds himself unexpectedly arrested for murder. A series of bodies have been found drained of all blood, and their discovery coincides with the arrival in the city of the mysterious Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden), who has been to Van Helsing's psychiatrist, Dr Garth (Otto Kruger) for consultation. From her strange behaviour Garth and Van Helsing deduce that the countess is a vampire, and are forced to trail her to Transylvania when she kidnaps Garth's beautiful fiancée. 'Son of Dracula' (1943) follows Katherine Caldwell (Louise Allbritton), a student of the occult fascinated by Count Alucard (Lon Chaney Jr.), who has recently moved to her home town in the south of the US. Katherine secretly begins dating Alucard, eventually marrying him. But when she begins to look and act strangely, her former boyfriend Frank (Robert Paige) suspects that something is wrong. In 'House of Frankenstein' (1944) Dr Niemann (Boris Karloff) escapes from the mental asylum in which he is being held and awakens Count Dracula (John Carradine), the Wolf Man (Chaney Jr.) and Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange) as he looks to gain revenge on his many enemies. In 'House of Dracula' (1945) Count Dracula arrives at the laboratory of Dr Edelmann (Onslow Stevens) claiming to seek a cure for his vampirism, but is actually looking to turn Edelmann's beautiful assistant into his vampire bride. Meanwhile, the Wolf Man asks Edelmann to bring his lycanthropy to an end. However, when the attempt to cure him fails, he throws himself off a cliff and ends up in an underground cavern where he discovers Frankenstein's monster. Finally, in 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein' (1948) baggage clerks Chick (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur (Lou Costello) find themselves in hot water when they lose a mysterious shipment en route to the House of Horrors. It transpires that the missing crates contained the remains of Count Dracula (Lugosi) and Frankenstein's monster, and have now been diverted to the island hideaway of a crazed scientist who wishes to revive the ghouls.