DraculaDirector: Tod Browning, Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners
"I am....Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome." Thus does Bela Lugosi declare his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the first two reels, which were based on the original Stoker novel; the rest of the film is a more stagebound translation of the popular stage play by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane. Even so, the electric tension between the elegant Dracula and the vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) works as well on the screen as it did on the stage. And it's hard to forget such moments as the lustful gleam in the eyes of Mina Harker (Helen Chandler) as she succumbs to the will of Dracula, or the omnipresent insane giggle of the fly-eating Renfield (Dwight Frye). Despite the static nature of the final scenes, Dracula is a classic among horror films, with Bela Lugosi giving the performance of a lifetime as the erudite Count (both Lugosi and co-star Frye would forever after be typecast as a result of this film, which had unfortunate consequences for both men's careers). Compare this Dracula to the simultaneously filmed Spanish-language version, which makes up for the absence of Lugosi with a stronger sense of visual dynamics in the lengthy dialogue sequences. In 1999, a special rerelease of Dracula was prepared featuring a new musical score written by Philip Glass and performed by The Kronos Quartet.
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|Bela Lugosi||Count Dracula|
|Helen Chandler||Mina Seward|
|David Manners||John Harker|
|Edward Van Sloan||Dr. Van Helsing|
|Herbert Bunston||Dr. Seward|
|Frances Dade||Lucy Weston|
|Josephine Velez||English Nurse|
|Pablo Alvarez Rubio||Actor|
|Daisy Belmore||Coach Passenger|
|Garrett Elsden Fort||Screenwriter|
|Karl W. Freund||Cinematographer|
|Charles Hall||Art Director|
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Really flies...right in your face! Everything about Bela and Drac is here, and you can watch another movie (ED WOOD) to get more. Delightful and just in time for Halloween.
The best Dracula, for sure.
Although there have been numerous versions of Bram Stoker's vampire tale,none is more enduring then this 1931 original.Towering ominously amoung the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains,Castle Dracula strikes fear in the hearts of the Transylvania villagers below.Bela Lugosi,starring as the screen's most popular vampire Count Dracula,together with horror specialist Director Tod Browning,create the film's eerie and chilling mood.Dracula remains a vampire classic today.
this is my second favorite dracula movie ever. the acting is great. barns and noble does not have the movie i recomend i recomend the spanish version of dracula
Bela Lugosi is the best Dracula you can get! I think this movie would not be as good if did not have......DWIGHT FRYE AS RENFIELD! Renfield is soooooooo funny.He is a bug eating Crazy guy.He has funny lines like,''Fly's....fly's poor peauty things!who wants to eat fly's.'' This is a cool Movie ...........BUY IT!
Although there have been numerous screen version's of Bram stoker's classic tale,none is moreenduring than this 1931 original.Bela Lugosi,starring as the screen's moast popular vampirre Count Dracula,together with horror specialist Director Tod Browning,create the film's errie and chilling mood.ALSO STARS HELEN CHANDLER as a young maiden Mina who falls into the clutches of the vampire.DRACULA remains a masterpiece not only of the genre,but for all time.The Universal Monster collection.A must see for everyone!NOT RATED!!!