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Friday, July 29, 2016

Dracula (1931)

Bela Lugosi is Count Dracula. It was the role he was born to play. There are no vampires pining away for whiny teenage girls in this movie. Lugosi's Dracula is far more menacing. His performance is understated and powerful. There are no special effects here. Just an actor who can convey a sense a dread and evil intent through his eyes and hand gestures alone. Lugosi's Hungarian accent also works to his advantage here. What is even more impressive is the fact that he barely spoke English when he made this film and had to memorize the dialogue word for word. Impressive indeed.
There a number of DVD's of this film that are available for purchase. My personal favorite is the 75th Anniversary Edition which is a part of Universal's Legacy Series. It contains a beautifully restored version of the film plus an excellent tribute to the film career of Bela Lugosi entitled "Lugosi: Prince of Darkness." There is also an interesting Spanish version of the film on Disc 2 that was made on the same set right after Lugosi's "Dracula" was filmed. It is entertaining to say the least but doesn't light a candle to the film we know and love.
There have been many incarnations of Dracula that have followed Lugosi's performance but his still stands the test of time. It is one of my all-time favorite films and is required viewing for anyone interested in the horror genre. As far as I know there are no legitimate sites to view this film online for free. [Let me know if you know differently.] Personally, I think it's worth the money to buy the DVD and see this film on the biggest screen you can find.
RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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