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Dracula (1931)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Dracula (1931)

In director Tod Browning's classic American horror film (the first sound horror film) from Carl Laemmle's Universal Pictures - an acclaimed masterpiece:

  • the first glimpse of Transylvanian Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), a 500 year old vampire, was shocking - he was standing upright next to his coffin, wrapped tightly in an all-enveloping black cape. His ashen face, with a piercing, unmoving, cold fixed gaze, was illuminated with an unholy glow from the twilight and his black hair was slickly combed straight back. Rats scurried about and wolves howled
  • Dracula was then seen sitting atop a carriage dispatched from the castle. He was a tall, silent figure, wrapped in a black cape and staring hypnotically straight ahead.
  • in the atmospheric Transylvania opening in Castle Dracula - Dracula entered on a long staircase below a gigantic spider-web with his lilting accent as he introduced himself (with long pauses between each word) to British real estate agent Renfield (Dwight Frye): ("I ... am... Dracula. I bid you welcome") - he was clad in formal evening clothes and adorned with a black cape
Giant Spider-Web Above Stairway in Castle Dracula
" I bid you welcome"
  • Dracula later pronounced: "I never drink - wine"
  • Dracula also responded to wolves howling: "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make"
  • the crazed slave Renfield's giggled like an idiot among the coffins in the hold of the ship
Crazed and Insane Renfield

First Glimpse of Count Dracula

Dracula Atop Carriage


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