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Total Crap: 4.26%

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Dracula (1931)
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by Steve in Prague

"'I Vant to suck your blooooooood!:"
5 stars

Moody, dark,, NOT my ex GF, but this classic movie adaption of the stage play based on one of the most boring novels ever written.

Lets be honest the novel "Dracula" would put a hard core insomniac to sleep faster than John DeJong scores heroin at an InSync concert. I mean it, the novel is a crashing bore.

The stage version, as well as this, the film, rock. Why? Because the novel's padded fluff of Romanian court life and Victorian politics has been stripped away to leave what is core: The dark, foreboding tale of the undead.

And WHAT an undead.

Bela Lugosi, creating THE ABSOLUTE most famous character in cinema history, chews his role and sucks it dry. He IS Dracula (the Dracula of the play and novel, NOT a vampire like Max Schrek or Willem Dafoe playing Max Schreck) He oozes Eastern European charm and wit, while his fangs glisten for YOUR BLOOOOOD!

Dark sets and moody music add to the tight direction, and the sound effects, years ahead of their time in the early 30's, only make things worse (by which i mean better). Case in point..the creaking stairs, the crack of the door as it opens, the almost inaudible breathing of Dracula AS HE SPEAKS.

A brief note: A Spanish version, using the same script, sets, and costumes, was filmed alongside the English production. The Spanairds shot at night, the English during the day. By all account, the Spanish version (which features different actors)which was directed by George Melford.

A bit long in the tooth, but still the king..numero uno, the grandfather, the MAN, the HVIC (Head Vampire In Charge) and he would RIP Buffy to shreds.

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User Comments

9/22/17 morris campbell dated 4 sure but a classic lugosi is the best dracula imho 4 stars
4/09/12 keith miron Classic monster movie, even it is a little dated. 3 stars
6/06/11 art this one,and nosferatau 1922,and count dracul 1970;are the best. 4 stars
9/13/10 David A. The definitive classic monster movie--Lugosi is to vampires as AC/DC is to rock and roll 5 stars
7/29/10 art HOLD EVERYTHING FOLK"S!, 1922's NOSFERATAU was the GRANDPA of all vampire flick's! 1 stars
6/01/10 User Name A dated vampire flick that creaks like an old coffing; but Lugosi is worth watching. 3 stars
7/10/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Lugosi is the best Dracula ever! 5 stars
2/06/07 David Pollastrini very well done for it's time 5 stars
11/12/06 J The 75th Anniversary edition is the best print and sound to date. It's about time! 5 stars
8/23/06 David Cohen It's shortcomings are well documented, but the film has its merits 4 stars
3/30/06 Dethbyhashi Slow, and wooden but still a great Movie 4 stars
11/22/05 Kurtis J. Beard A classic. Legosi at his creepiest. 5 stars
10/11/05 Carolyn Rathburn What can you say about Bela Legosi, "I Want To Drink Your Vlood? 5 stars
11/18/04 chris creaky and slow 3 stars
8/31/04 John atmospheric and has its moments but its very very slow 3 stars
8/26/04 American Slasher Goddess Dated, but still one of the great vampire movies of the 20th century. 5 stars
5/17/04 gman "The are far worse things awaiting man than death" 5 stars
1/22/04 I Would Fuck The Lost Boys, fuck Blade, fuck From Dusk Till Dawn, this is a true vampire classic 5 stars
4/17/03 ZzanoKISShead Could have seen more blood and fangs, still a great flick! 4 stars
2/03/03 Charles Tatum Aged but still entertaining 4 stars
11/23/02 Amy The facial expressions are too funny to miss out on. 4 stars
7/30/02 Diego Montoya Yeah, what John Linton Robertson said. Some memorable parts, but it's antiquated 4 stars
2/24/02 John Linton Roberson Tedious, dated, stagey; but its iconic images, esp. the 3 Brides,are still powerful. 4 stars
11/14/01 Zizzerzazzerzuzz The old black and white makes it even eerier somehow... 4 stars
8/19/01 Andrew Carden Very Boring At Most Parts, but The Ending Is Extremly Good. 3 stars
7/23/00 Tyler Peterson A great classical horror film 5 stars
11/25/99 Dr. Acula Lugosi at his best, eerie atmosphere,Dwight Fyre's Renfield is haunting. 5 stars
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  DVD: 26-Sep-2006



Directed by
  Tod Browning

Written by
  Garrett Fort
  Dudley Murphy

  Bela Lugosi
  David Manners
  Helen Chandler
  Edward Van Sloan
  Dwight Frye

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