Why 'Dracula's Sequels Floundered While 'Frankenstein's Soared
And why the count's follow-ups, Dracula's Daughter and Son of Dracula, pale in the shadow of Frankenstein's.
They’re two of the great icons of Gothic horror: Dracula and Frankenstein. As reinterpreted at Universal Studios in 1931, they both came to the silver screen and launched the American horror genre and the Universal Monsters cycle. Tod Browning’s Dracula led the way, with James Whales’ Frankenstein serving as the immediate follow-up. I think it says something positive about the thinking in Hollywood studios of the era that a hit like Dracula was often succeeded with another story in the same broad genre, not by a sequel.