Tonight on MeTV, the welcome mat is out again at to our house- there's already quite a crowd in attendance, though Count Dracula himself doesn’t take up much room, since he appears in the slender form of John Carradine! Other houseguests include Larry Talbot-the Wolf Man- as well as a tragic doctor, and even the Frankenstein Monster! The vampire count has a sinister agenda, as he flips this house- both the sanitarium and laboratory wings- into bat wings as the “House of Dracula”!
Doctor Edlemann is a generous good Samaritan, working to help those with medical problems and malformed bodies- including his dedicated lovely nurse Nina, who has a hunched back. He is experimenting on a cure for these malformations, using a rare plant that he hopes to grow in abundance. One night- he is startled by the appearance of an unexpected visitor who claims to be the Baron Latos. The baron suffers from a strange blood affliction –one that even this learned doctor has never seen before! Fascinated by such an unknown ailment, the doctor is willing to accept this new challenge and do his best to help defeat it. He is unaware that the condition is actually vampirism- and unaware that the patient is actually Count Dracula!
Visitors without an appointment seem to be arriving more and more- the next is a somewhat agitated gentleman (dressed kind of like a move gangster)- Larry Talbot-sporting a dapper moustache ! He demands that the doctor's other assistant/receptionist, the lovely Milizia, let him see the doctor immediately, while hinting that he must see him before the upcoming full moon. Milizia insists that the doctor is unavailable- and Talbot exits the place in a flurry of panic!
A little later, the doctor IS available when the police call to ask for his help with a "mad man" they have incarcerated. The prisoner in the lockup is none other than Talbot himself- and the problem he was seeking help for becomes evident when, as the full moon rises- he transforms into the savage Wolf Man! The kind-hearted doctor takes pity on Talbot, and believes that his new serum, using the rare plant, could be used to cure to the cause of the brooding beast man’s frightening transformation.
The doctor's well-meant work is thrown into jeopardy when the Count sets out to make Milizia his latest bride- while Talbot's despairing suicidal tendencies lead to the discovery of the comatose Frankenstein Monster in a sea-side cave. The doctor realizes that the cave maintains the perfect conditions to grow more of the plant needed for the doctor's cure! Dracula, of course, has no regard for the doctor's humanitarian acts-and , while trying to fulfill his own agenda, coldly brings about a sinister change in the formerly benign medical man- resulting in new terror- murder- and the frightful restoration of the Monster's power!
Considered a sequel to “House of Frankenstein”- this house party pretty much posted the "condemned" sign on Universal’s classic monster franchise- until years later , when all the monsters were again in one place for “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”. This movie brings back Carradine in the role he played in "House of Frankenstein", as well as another major player from that film, Lon Chaney Jr., once again playing the role he owned- Larry Talbot. The Frankenstein Monster, again ready for re-energizing ( he’s more rechargeable than my cellphone), is Glenn Strange. We'll give you the inside info on the cast, plus the usual Sven entertainment – including some very special footage from a live performance at the famed Arcada Theatre, featuring Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon in concert- along with a special guest cameo by yours truly! This past Monday, as I posted earlier, was the 60th anniversary of the release of Freddy’s first hit- “Tallahassee Lassie”! This amazing rock and roll icon shows he’s still got it in the segments we’ll show you tonight!
"House of Dracula" is ready for a walk-through tonight on MeTV at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, for information on where and when to find it in in your area, check your local listings, or www.metv.com .remember to join the many people on Twitter live –Tweeting during the show, and make sure to use the hashtag #svengoolie . We have consistently been trending nationally near the top of the leading topics each week! In the Chicago area this morning, we have an encore of the Vincent Price classic “House of Wax" on our sister station, the U, WCIU, at 11 am.
You can meet me today from 1 to 3 pm at the “Discover Tinley Park Expo” in Tinley Park, IL. You’ll find information under the “appearances” tab on this site. And- you only have a little over a week to cast your favorites for your favorites in the realm of sci fi and horror at www.rondoaward.com You’ll find me listed under “favorite horror host”. Make sure you keep checking back with us in the future weeks- some great things are planned!
But tonight- you’re welcome at our house for wall-to-wall horror in the "House of Dracula"!