Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Dracula (1931)

DRACULA (1931)

Dracula: Bela Lugosi
Renfield: Dwight Frye
Also starring Helen Chandler, Edward Van Sloan, David Manners.

Summary: Count Dracula, a social pariah in his nativeTransylvania, relocates to England, where he attempts to add tohis harem of blonde, bloodless beauties. The persevering ProfessorVan Helsing seeks to foil Dracula’s evil agenda.

This is the original!
Dialogue: Count Dracula’s lines are priceless. Renfieldwhines incessantly. They just don’t make movies like they usedto.
Vampires: Traditional or Not? This IS the tradition! In fact, the first two reels of the movie were lifted verbatimfrom Bram Stoker’s classic novel of horror.
Vampires: Physical Appeal: The unblinking Count Draculais, at first glance, a dark, debonair and dashing gentleman. As the movie progresses, however, his disturbingly inhuman qualitiessurface, making him a truly frightening individual.
Gore Factor: Much is left to your imagination. Not onedrop of blood is spilled.
Scariness/Suspense: The lack of bloodshed, combined withCount Dracula’s creepy demeanor, make this movie all the moresuspenseful. Tod Browning’s stagey direction (this is a filmversion of the stage play) gives the film an otherworldly quality,which is appropriate.
Target Audience: This movie is a must for horror aficionadosand anyone who enjoys more intellectual suspense.

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