November 30, 2013
Following up on our previous post about credit mixups on an Italian House of Dracula (1945) poster, looking up alternate posters for the film reveals a pattern of slapdash art and random credits. Here, Carradine’s face is a competent likeness by artist Cesselon, but his costume is barely sketched out in hurried, bold strokes, and that Wolf Man is a mess. Martha O’Driscoll appears in monochrome, and there’s a rough castle wall and window. Note the credits: Chaney, Carradine, Atwill, O’Driscoll… and Frankenstein, the name-checked Monster probably a better box-office draw than actor Glenn Strange.
Another poster, vertical insert style, artist unknown, features a purely generic fanged vampire and a terrified blonde against a seaside fortress/castle. O’Driscoll’s name is misspelled and the film’s title is now Dracula nella casa degli orrori — Dracula in the House of Horrors.
The rough art and haphazard credits across this series of posters suggests precipitous deadlines and what was most likely a very low budget promotional campaign.
Related: The House of Errors