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Dracula (1931)

USA 75m, B&W
Director: Tod Browning; Cast: Béla Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan

draculaAs one of the first “talkie” horror films, Dracula remains a link to the silent era, with long periods of silence and inter-title-like dialogue which actually lends to the effectiveness of the Dracula character. In many ways this version of Dracula defined the vampire genre with Béla Lugosi’s deliberate and hugely charismatic performance. Not only would Lugosi’s costuming and make-up be copied by later vampire films, but his refined and sophisticated manner and dialogue would also be highly influential and  more appealing than previous vampire characterizations. This new version of Dracula would ultimately relegate Murnau’s earlier and more foreboding presentation of Nosferatu – the rat-infested corpse-like figure of 1922, back into the shadow from which he emerged (Klaus Ming May 2009).

2 comments on “Dracula (1931)

  1. TSorensen

    I think the right way to put it is that since “Nosferatu” was for all practical purposes destroyed due due to the properity right infraction, the inferior “Dracula” was left to set the standard. In a contest between Max Schreck and Bela Lugosi, Max would win any day. That man is scary!

    • Klaus

      I don’t disagree. Despite the nearly identical plots – two films could hardly be more different. Nosferatu is leaps and bounds a better film.

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