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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Dracula's Daughter is the "sequel" to the classic 1931 film Dracula starring Bela Lugosi.  As the movie begins, Dracula and Renfield are dead and Dr. Van Helsing has been arrested on suspicion of murder.  Edward van Sloan [Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy] reprises his role as Van Helsing from the original Dracula and does a great job the second time around.  He enlists psychiatrist Jeffrey Garth, played by Otto Kruger, to be his defense team.  Kruger is great as well, especially as he begins counseling the troubled Countess Marya Zaleaska who wants to be rid of her evil impulses.
The Countess, of course, is Dracula's daughter, who is played magnificently by Gloria Holden.  She has the most amazing facial features and make up artist Jack Pierce further enhances them with subtle but quite effective makeup.  I absolutely love Holden's portrayal of the vampette.  She is dark, mysterious and has a bit of a tortured soul.  Her eyes are absolutely incredible and the delivery of her lines is sheer perfection.
Dracula's Daughter is further enhanced by a great script from David O Selznick [King Kong, Gone With the Wind] and beautiful direction from Lambert Hillyer [The Invisible Ray].  This film is not necessarily well known among casual fans of horror but I think it is a classic that is not to be missed.  Gloria Holden is mesmerizing and becomes a worthy successor to Lugosi's iconic portrayal of the Transylvanian vampire.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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