Sunday, October 18, 2009

31 Days of Horror 2: Dracula (1931)

October 18, 2009: Dracula (1931)
There have been numerous Dracula adaptations over the years, but the 1931 version is the one to beat.
A classic version of Bram Stoker's famous tale starring Bela Lugosi in the performance that made his name synonymous with Dracula. Displaying his trademark flair for the grotesque, horror-meister Tod Browning chronicles the blood-sucking count's sinister misadventures. While haunting London in pursuit of the white-necked maiden Mina, Dracula manages to sink his fangs into plenty of other victims -- until Dr. Van Helsing puts a stop to the blood-shed by driving a stake through the vampire's heart.
Bela Lugosi will always be the Dracula I think of and really its the Dracula everyone has come to know. His performance gave us the outline on how Dracula should sound and look like for years to come and till this day we still look at his interpretation as THE interpretation.
The movie follows Bram Stoker's novel and it does it well. This movie is one of the monster films from Universal and it is now a classic.
This film did everything right and it might seem a bit off by today's standards but it still does it's job effectively.

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