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Dracula

  • Drama
  • 1931
  • Tod Browning
  • 74 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic vampire horror starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. When the Count decides to buy a property in England, estate agent Renfield arrives in Transylvania to meet the mysterious aristocrat.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This seminal classic from director Tod Browning is one of the most famous horror movies ever made, but by modern standards it is rather talky, stagebound and bloodless, with most of its important chills occurring off-screen. However, it remains the most subtly romantic and highly atmospheric rendition of Bram Stoker's tale about the Transylvanian count, with Browning orchestrating the opening scenes to macabre perfection. Character actor Bela Lugosi shot to fame recreating his starring Broadway stage role, and a neglected sequel, Dracula's Daughter, followed five years later. He never managed to escape from the role, right up to his swansong performance in cult sci-fi Plan 9 from Outer Space.

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Credits

Cast

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Count DraculaBela Lugosi
Mina SewardHelen Chandler
Jonathan HarkerDavid Manners
RenfieldDwight Frye
Dr Van HelsingEdward Van Sloan
Dr SewardHerbert Bunston
Lucy WestonFrances Dade
MartinCharles Gerrard
MaidJoan Standing
BriggsMoon Carroll

Crew

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DirectorTod Browning

Details

Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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