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Dracula (1931)

The story of the strangest passion the world has ever known!

Original Title : Dracula
Director : Tod Browning
Writer : Bram Stoker
Hamilton Deane
John L. Balderston
Garrett Fort
Dudley Murphy
Louis Bromfield
Tod Browning
Max Cohen
Louis Stevens
Genre : Drama
Fantasy/Horror
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : E.M. Asher , Tod Browning , Carl Laemmle Jr.
Music : Philip Glass
Photography : Karl Freund
Distributor : Universal Pictures
IMDB ID : 0021814
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Dracula (1931) - Tod Browning
 

Starring

Bela Lugosi Count Dracula
Helen Chandler Mina Seward
David Manners John Harker
Dwight Frye Renfield
Edward Van Sloan Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston Dr. Jack Seward
Frances Dade Lucy Weston
Joan Standing Briggs (a nurse
Charles K. Gerrard Martin
Anna Bakacs Innkeeper's daughter (uncredited
Nicholas Bela Coach passenger (uncredited
Daisy Belmore Coach passenger (uncredited
Tod Browning Voice of Harbormaster (uncredited
Moon Carroll Maid (uncredited
Geraldine Dvorak Dracula's wife (uncredited
Anita Harder Flower Girl (uncredited
Carla Laemmle Young girl passenger (uncredited
Donald Murphy Coach passenger (uncredited
Cornelia Thaw Dracula's wife (uncredited
Dorothy Tree Dracula's wife (uncredited
Josephine Velez Grace (English nurse
Michael Visaroff Innkeeper (uncredited
 

Plot

After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire, Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina's health. Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina's fiance, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.
 

Comments

Blood IS the life!, 31 December 2004 Author: Hal-900 from WA, USA The vampire film that established the ideas that countless of subsequent films will try to explore. I consider the film groundbreaking and influential, but a vocal minority seems to disagree with my statement. I honestly think these people have misunderstood the movie. Some viewers complain about the film's slowness and strange, interminable pauses, but I have always taken these "deficiencies" as the strongest assets of the film. I don't really find Browning's direction lacking in terms of imagination, I feel that the director adapted (brilliantly) the tempo of the film to his star's enigmatic performance. Bela Lugosi's malignant aristocratic persona, is a truly odd fiend. The way he walks, his strange mannerisms, his slow speech pattern, they all contribute to make him a unique presence among the group of actors he is performing with. Browning seems to have adjusted the film around Lugosi's peculiar acting choices and the immediate result of this approach is that one feels Dracula's presence even when he is absent from the screen - character and story have become one thing. After all, this is a story where the main character has a limited amount of scenes and lines, so it is interesting that throughout the film, we cannot get out of our heads the creepy feeling that Dracula is somewhere hidden, looking at us. I think this film is more than a milestone in the horror genre, it is an effective machine of pure horror that none of the subsequent versions of the story have been able to surpass.
 
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