Directed by Tod Browning. Written by Garrett Fort. Starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye and Edward Van Sloan.
Plot: vampires are real and one such vampire travels to England to seduce a young man’s fiancee.
We all pretty much know the story of Dracula. He was the biggest and baddest of his time. Or so most would have you believe. DJ and I are personally of the Nosferatu camp. He gives us chills that Lugosi’s Dracula simply cannot. In saying this, you may be disappointed by our score for this film.
We bet this was really creepy back in it’s day. The lighting and the effects really made it all so perfectly dreary. We also have to admit that this film didn’t just follow the rules, it made them. And the casting of Lugosi as Dracula was spot on. We are just not huge fans of the story itself.
While I find the Dracula story to be a little dull, I do enjoy the world it created. DJ, however, just doesn’t like vampires much at all unless they’re the antagonists that Nosferatu was. So, in conclusion, where we can see the need for Dracula, we just can’t totally get behind him as the biggest, baddest vamp.
I suppose I could list my favorite movies here, but instead I'll give you a strange glimpse into what makes me TaraRomero.
1. My favorite place in the world is Atlantic City. The food, the smells, the beach - I love it all.
2. I am particularly good at crafting. Especially scrapbooking and cross-stitch.
3. I am mixed. My dad is black and my mom is white. I'm very proud of both sides of myself.
4. My favorite food is either the cheesesteak or the hoagie. Not the sub, not the grinder, the hoagie. Totally different experience.
5. I have a number of pen pals I write snail mail to. We exchange stickers and little gifts sometimes, too. I have an extensive sticker collection.
6. I just reconnected with my father after 15+ years. It's going great so far. I've missed him.
7. My brother is my best friend, hence the reason we do this together.
8. I don't have a favorite book. I like too many to have a favorite. But Paul Zindel is my favorite author. Stephen King and Jane Austen are close seconds. I know, eclectic.
9. I'm not very religious at all. I consider myself agnostic.
10. I would say that my most prized possessions are my dogs, but I don't consider them possessions. I consider them people. They are my people.
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2 thoughts on “Dracula (1931)”
This one definitely made the rules and for the time was about as creepy as it gets. After watching it as a kid a few decades after it was made it kept me up at night for days and had me pulling the sheet up around my neck for years (I still do it!)…
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We don’t get that really, but we appreciate the sentiment and we understand how Dracula shaped a whole genre of horror.