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31 Monstrous Failures #26: Hunchback

October 26th, 2011

House of Dracula, released in 1945, was the last hurrah for Universal Studios’ classic monsters. They would make one further appearance the following year in the comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, but House of Dracula was the final time they would be taken seriously.

Now, you might think that Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolf Man in the same film would be a sufficient draw. But the posters for House of Dracula promised five–count ’em, five–monsters! In addition to the Big Three, “The Devil’s Own Brood” included Mad Doctor! And…


Okay, the “Mad Doctor” Edelmann technically could be classified a monster in that the unintended transfusion of Dracula’s blood into his own veins unleashed his inner Mr. Hyde. But the “Hunchback” was a nurse. Whose only qualification for “The Devil’s Own Brood” was a bad case of kyphosis.

Someone really needed to take Universal’s marketing department out behind the woodshed.

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