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  • Dracula (1931)

    The other post on this is for the Spanish version. So this is the English version.

    Really cool movie. Very gothic atmosphere. Awkward at times but that just made it creepier.

    The ending was a little demeaning for the Dracula character. Dracula running with a woman in his arms? C'mon, he lost of lot of his 'Fuck you Van Helsing! I AM sexy and cool!' attitude. Seeing a look of fear on his face kinda' made him less scary. If a 'monster' can be afraid of something, why shouldn't we find that fear and kill him with it?

    I love Bela Lugosi's portrayal of the Count. Very cool. Very seductive in some ways. Also, a little 'gay' when he would come onto Renfield.

    Dwight Fry is very underrated when it comes to talking about the film. i think he did a great job! Very creepy!

    I saw 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' a while ago and it was good up until the part where Dracula transforms into a huge Vampire. WTF? After that it just turned into another generic vampire flick. What a shame.

    Dracula (1931) - 4.5/5
    Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - 2/5


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    I watched this film a few years ago for an intro to film course. I don't remember much about it, but I do remember thinking it was pretty awesome.
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    • #3
      DRACULA

      I have lived with this movie for 40 years....the things that never grow old are the Lugosi performance and the sets....

      The Spanish version is NOT better than this one...also beware of the version with the Glass scrore added...this movie is poetic in it's grave silences....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Biohazard View Post
        The Spanish version is NOT better than this one
        The Spanish version is better shot (the American version is surprisingly static, very much highlighting it's stage play origins). But there's no comparison between the actor's playing the title role, and that makes the American version overall better in my book.
        Last edited by ZantiMisfit; 03-13-2008, 10:58 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Biohazard View Post
          I have lived with this movie for 40 years....the things that never grow old are the Lugosi performance and the sets....

          The Spanish version is NOT better than this one...also beware of the version with the Glass scrore added...this movie is poetic in it's grave silences....
          I agree wholeheartedly.

          While, I'm not yet 40 (gettin there though!), this movie scared the bejeezus out of me as a little kid and was the movie responsible more than any other for my love of horror.

          I'll always have a soft spot for it.

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          • #6
            karl freund is the real star of the show here for me, even if it is rather static (though that satic feeling actually adds to the atmosphere in places, i think.)

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            • #7
              I bought the 75 Year Ann. for Dracula and Frankenstein, seperate DVDs of course. They both have a SWEEEEET documentary trailing the horror movie genre origins all the way back to Caligari and the silent films. Especially those of Universal back in the 1930s. It's one of my favorite documentaries ever! I watch it when there is nothing to do! I don't get tired of it at all...

              Anyways, the Dracula DVD has an alternative audio track that plays the Phillip Glass soundtrack to the film. I have to say that I enjoy Dracula without the music but I enjoyed it with the soundtrack as well. Although some parts do not seem to match the action in the movie.

              I bought the soundtrack about a year and a half ago. It's one of my favorite soundtracks ever! The track, "The Castle" is the creepiest thing I've ever heard!
              Last edited by Bela Lugosi III; 03-16-2008, 06:31 AM.


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              • #8
                This is my all time favorite movie.
                <------hints my tattoo.
                It made me love Bela Lugosi. The atmosphere of this film has never been matched and never will be.(in my opinion) After seeing this movie I went out and got every movie he's been in that I could get my hands on. I also bought every book about Lugosi I could get my hands on. Dracula is what he will always be known for. It is a damn shame because he has some great movies besides this one. I guess it is better to be remembered for something rather than nothing.

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                • #9
                  DRACULA

                  HEY BLAKE!

                  Well, I see you are a MORGUS fan. I'm from New Orleans, too...I really miss those Saturday nights so many years ago. Good for you! Thanks.

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                  • #10
                    Thats good to hear man. Morgus is why I got into horror movies in the first place. I use to watch it with my Maw Maw every week.

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                    • #11
                      It drips atmosphere, that's the biggest thing it has going for it other than Lugosi, probably my favorite Dracula/Vampire film.


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                      • #12
                        This movie is so classic. It is one of the first horror films I really remember watching and one of my all time favorites. Everything about it was just so perfect, it really stuck in your mind. Alot of people will argue that it's not a good movie because it's not "scary" but that is not what makes a movie good, they just need to indulge themselves into the roots of horror movies. I don't think you can truly call yourself a horror fan without respect for the classic films that made the genre what it is. But that's just me rambling.
                        I am glad someone posted this on here, I wish there was more posts about these movies around here.
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                        • #13
                          Just because it's a "classic" doesn't make it good. There are a lot of good arguments in this thread, but personally I find Dracula to be the most dissapointing of the classic Universal monster flicks. Ok, besides The Mummy, that one just doesn't have anything going for it. In my opinion the first two Frankenstein films and both The Invisible Man and The Wolfman are way better movies than Dracula, beating it in both mood, cinematography and drama. Lugosi is definitely awesome, but to me he's more or less all Browning had going for him in that movie.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dingo View Post
                            In my opinion the first two Frankenstein films and both The Invisible Man and The Wolfman are way better movies than Dracula, beating it in both mood, cinematography and drama. Lugosi is definitely awesome, but to me he's more or less all Browning had going for him in that movie.
                            The first part of your post was a bit sketchy. But I definitely agree with this. Infact I'd take The Invisible Man and The Wolfman over Dracula, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.

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                            • #15
                              I'm not sure which one I prefer, but The Invisible Man IS freakin' awesome and way underrated compared to the other films of the period...

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