Dracula (DVD)

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Dracula (DVD)

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This is the first screen version of Bram Stoker's famous tale based on the smash hit stage production. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) arrives in London a...

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“The dullest Drac”

published 16/06/2011

ProWell made, some decent performances

ConsWishy washy and light on horror

A review of the Universal DVD, only £4 on amazon at time of writing. Dracula started life as a novel, but was soon in demand in other media. A stage adaptation written by Hamilton Deane and John L Balderston was popular in the late 1920s. Bela Lugosi became a star on the back of it, and the first...

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“Fangtastic”

published 31/01/2011

ProClassy film, great lead performances

ConsA bit dated

A film only review. This has been curiously elusive on DVD, but is now available in a cheap region 1 release under its American name, Horror of Dracula, available for about £3 from amazon. This is the second proper Hammer horror, after The Curse of Frankenstein, and the one that really cemented...

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“Dracula - Fangs for nothing”

published 11/03/2010

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I have been watching some of Universal's monster classics and it has been a pleasant experience. I take into account the fact that these movies are over sixty years old and the audiences expected something different compared to today's cinemagoers, but after watching Dracula I realised that...

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“I never drink...wine”

published 01/02/2010

ProA brilliant first act with a defining performance ...

ConsAfter the first act, the film becomes very stagey ...

Review of film only: Tod Browning's 1931 production of Dracula sparked the beginning of Universal Pictures very successful and incredibly influential 15 run of horror films. Starring the Hungarian-born actor, Bela Lugosi it created the image we have of Bram Stoker's 1897 supernatural villain and...

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Pro It's only a story.

Cons Is it ?

Dracula 1931. Dracula, the name itself meaning (meaning the son of the devil) is enough to send anyone running for the nearest cushion to hide behind. I Remember watching this early black and white version , when I was a kiddie with my brother and sisters, when Mum and Dad was at the Bingo. All...

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ProLocations, editing, pictures, music, technical sid...

ConsWeak plot, uneven performances, lack of real horro...

Several years before the famous production of Francis Ford Coppola, another American film director decided to present the epic vision of the history of Count Dracula ... Lacking any crew onboard, the ship crashes off the coast of England. Being witness to an accident a young girl came running to...

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published 06/09/2008

Based on the old play by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, with Frank Langella repeating his Broadway success in the title role, this underrated and somewhat streamlined version of the classic story is lush, atmospheric and never dull. Count D (Langella with sleepy eyes and dialogue delivery) arrives at Edwardian England in the storm and soon turns his eyes to the lovely and spirited heroine Lucy (Kate Nelligan) and her pretty, fragile friend Mina (Jan Francis). With Laurence Olivier as the role of gentlemanly Van Helsing (he hated the vampire films, by the way ) this is a bit rough around the edges, but still a quality film.

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This is the first screen version of Bram Stoker's famous tale based on the smash hit stage production. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) arrives in London and immediately works to enrapture and transform into vampires young Lucy Weston (Frances Dade) and her friend Mina Seward (Helen Chandler). After he succeeds in turning Lucy, and Mina's health suddenly deteriorates, Mina's father (Herbert Bunston), calls in a specialist, Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan). Van Helsing quickly recognizes Dracula's vampirism, and sets about saving Mina (and in the process, becomes Dracula's archenemy). The film, arguably the most influential of the legend's film versions, launched Lugosi's career in horror movies and forever invited vampires across Hollywood's threshold, spawning many sequels and variations.

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