The week was a great week in classic horror history.
House of Dracula, starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and John Carradine, is part of the Universal Studio's monster movie tome. It’s a story that includes all the heavy hitters: Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein. The general gist is that Dracula is looking for something to cure his never-ending desire to nibble on people’s necks. He shows up at Dr. Franz Edelmann’s castle seeking help. In a strange coincidence, Lawrence Talbot also stops by Edelmann’s castle. He too is looking for a cure, but in his case, it’s for lycanthropy. On top of this Dr. Edelmann has been working on a few experiments of his own with the help of a surpisingly attractive hunchbacked woman. Not surprisingly things go very awry and get more than a little chompy.
Title: House of Dracula
Released: December 7, 1945
Tagline: HORROR UPON HORROR in the House of Dracula
Cat People is a simple story of a woman who turns into a cat when she gets turned on. Not so much in the special effects department, Val Lewton relies more on suspense, and giant cat shadows to create mood.
Title: Cat People
Released: December 6, 1942
Tagline: She knew strange, fierce pleasures that no other woman could ever feel!