Tonight on MeTV- we continue shaking the Dracula family tree one more time- and bring you Lon Chaney Jr. in the only time he played part of the most famous vampire family of all! Watch as he makes his way to American bayou country, with his plan being to inflict the curse of the undead upon a member of an unsuspecting family- and then the nation! He drains the love out of one romance- as well as draining blood from his latest victim- as a young woman with a fascination for the dark side falls under the spell of the “Son of Dracula”!
This is actually the third film in the Universal Dracula series- coming in the canon after the film we ran last week-"Dracula's Daughter". This 1943 tale, however, begins in our own country, at a party on a plantation down south. The gala affair is meant to welcome an aristocratic count met overseas by one of the wealthy plantation owner’s daughters- young Catherine, who has what her sister Claire and boyfriend Frank feel is a “rather morbid interest” in the occult!
The train the Count is scheduled to arrive on comes into the station- but- he surprisingly is not on board! However, the train’s freight does include some heavy boxes with his family crest – as well as his family name- “Alucard”. (Hmm - run that one by us again, backwards, maybe?) In spite of his absence, the big party must go on at the plantation- but the celebration ends abruptly when tragedy strikes! The wealthy father of the girls suddenly inexplicably passes away- coinciding with the very late-night arrival of Count Alucard, who has finally made his way to the plantation.
The time arrives for the father's will to be read- when, out of nowhere, Catherine suddenly produces an updated version of the will that provides for all the money to go to Claire, with the “Dark Oaks” mansion and grounds themselves going to Catherine. Things get more bizarre when Catherine reveals that she and the Count are now a couple, shocking her supposed fiancé Frank! Before long, Frank has a confrontation with the newcomer- and tragedy strikes again! The situation becomes more baffling, as an expert in certain matters is called in- and the Count's true identity is revealed. The Count has plans to first completely control his new bride-and then, this new country he has taken residence in-ready to begin his conquest by eliminating any of the remaining family and friends who stand in his way!
Lon Jr's being cast as the Count (and- though he's called the son- some theorize that he is actually the original Count- even though his body was incinerated in last week’s movie) seems slightly out of character for Mr. Chaney- but you have to agree- this character definitely has some differences from his role as the tortured Larry Talbot- with the air of aristocracy and a more suave -sometimes even sedate-manner. Our cast also includes Evelyn Ankers, who's been a Chaney co-star several times (and often wasn't treated very well by Lon Jr!)- and the lovely Louise Allbritton as the sister with dark desires. We’ll present some info about the cast, and a little background material about the film- including an error that most people who have learned their vampire lore from these movies will easily spot! Plus- we have the usual dosage of Sven schtick to complete the entertainment.
“Son of Dracula” arrives tonight- not via a train, like the Count was supposed to, but by Me-TV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central. If you are unsure of what channel or time you can see us where you are, just check the local listings in your area or at www.metv.com. MeTV invites you to join in on the live–Tweeting during the show on Twitter- where we again have been showing up among the top trending topics in the nation! Please make sure you add the hashtag #svengoolie onto your posts. In the Chicago area this morning, viewers get a second look at the distaff vampire sibling “Dracula’s Daughter", on our main local channel CW26 at 11 am!
The “Kiss Me I’m Goolish” Sven wear is a big hit, and still available in our store! Watch for more Sven merchandise soon. Also, we want to thank you for all the kind birthday wishes to Rich Koz as he hits a milestone birthday today… a few days before anybody will be kissing the Blarney Stone!
Tonight, though, we celebrate Lon Jr’s epic one-time appearance as a member of the Dracula family- no matter how you spell it- forward or backwards!...oh- and make sure you turn your clocks forward before you return to your coffin tonight!