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Dracula

"The story of the strangest passion the world has ever known!"

1931-02-12 Horror 1hr 14m

British estate agent Renfield travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, who is interested in leasing a castle in London and is, unbeknownst to Renfield, a vampire. After Dracula enslaves Renfield and drives him to insanity, the pair sail to London together, and as Dracula begins preying on London socialites, the two become the subject of study for a supernaturalist professor, Abraham Van Helsing.

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British estate agent Renfield travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, who is interested in leasing a castle in London and is, unbeknownst to Renfield, a vampire. After Dracula enslaves Renfield and drives him to insanity, the pair sail to London together, and as Dracula begins preying on London socialites, the two become the subject of study for a supernaturalist professor, Abraham Van Helsing.

  • Released
    1931-02-12
  • Revenue
    $700,000
  • Budget
    $355,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 14m
  • Genre
    Horror, Drama, Fantasy
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Magyar, Latin
  • imdb-logo
    7.4
  • Production
    Universal Pictures

Crew

Karl Freund
Director
Tod Browning
Writer
Tod Browning
Producer

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Cast

Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi

Count Dracula
Helen Chandler

Helen Chandler

Mina Seward
David Manners

David Manners

John Harker
Dwight Frye

Dwight Frye

Renfield
Edward Van Sloan

Edward Van Sloan

Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston

Herbert Bunston

Dr. Jack Seward
Frances Dade

Frances Dade

Lucy Weston
Joan Standing

Joan Standing

Nurse Briggs (uncredited)
Anna Bakacs

Anna Bakacs

Innkeeper's Daughter (uncredited)
Bunny Beatty

Bunny Beatty

Flower Girl (uncredited)
Nicholas Bela

Nicholas Bela

Coach Passenger (uncredited)
Daisy Belmore

Daisy Belmore

Coach Passenger (uncredited)
William A. Boardway

William A. Boardway

Concertgoer Outside Theatre (uncredited)
Barbara Bozoky

Barbara Bozoky

Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
Tod Browning

Tod Browning

Harbormaster (voice) (uncredited)
Moon Carroll

Moon Carroll

Maid (uncredited)
Geraldine Dvorak

Geraldine Dvorak

Dracula's Bride (uncredited)
John George

John George

Small Scientist (uncredited)
Anita Harder

Anita Harder

Bit (uncredited)
Carla Laemmle

Carla Laemmle

Coach Passenger (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing

Wyndham Standing

Surgeon (uncredited)
Cornelia Thaw

Cornelia Thaw

Dracula's Bride (uncredited)
Dorothy Tree

Dorothy Tree

Dracula's Bride (uncredited)
Josephine Velez

Josephine Velez

Grace, English Nurse (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff

Michael Visaroff

Innkeeper (uncredited)
Florence Wix

Florence Wix

Concertgoer Outside Theater (uncredited)

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Dracula
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A Review by talisencrw 9

Written by talisencrw on 2016-09-28

Though not my very favourite movie about the infamous vampire, this is quite beautiful, well-told and gorgeously photographed (I really can'... read more

Though not my very favourite movie about the infamous vampire, this is quite beautiful, well-told and gorgeously photographed (I really can't wait to see the blu!) and is most probably Bela Lugosi's finest hour (though I love his work; and it's also right up there with the greatest-ever vampiric depictions on celluloid), and it has genuine scares. Lugosi not only growls and snarls but also delivers the succulent seductive power of both evil itself and immortality--no matter what devastating consequences that immortal life may truly mean. Essential for both horror fanatics and fans of early (up to and including the 30's) cinema to own on the highest-possible quality, and regular re-watches. It's simply THAT GOOD. The fact that its American release date was Valentine's Day (its New York City premiere was two days earlier) only further hits home the fact that its immortality is due to the fact that it isn't simply a cornerstone of Gothic horror but with a vibrant love story at its very heart.

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A Review by JPV852 8

Written by JPV852 on 2021-10-07

Probably my third or fourth time seeing this and while the story is simple, still really entertaining and Bela Lugosi, who even as a favorit... read more

Probably my third or fourth time seeing this and while the story is simple, still really entertaining and Bela Lugosi, who even as a favorite of mine acknowledge was never the strongest actor, is in his element. Also has some decent effects and nice set design for the era. **4.0/5**

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A Review by MonsterMartha 10

Written by MonsterMartha on 2022-07-26

"The blood is the life, Mr. REINFIELD" At three years old this was my first horror movie. My great-grandmother is the one who sat me ... read more

"The blood is the life, Mr. REINFIELD" At three years old this was my first horror movie. My great-grandmother is the one who sat me down and showed me great Bela Lugosi as Dracula. This entire movie is timeless and classic. The very best of all the Universal horrors. No one could be a more perfect Dracula than Bela Lugosi. To accomplish so much with just a stare. No special effects. No fangs... yet he chilled you to the bone and enthralled all. One of my all-time favorites. Classic Cinema perfection.

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A Review by Wuchak 6

Written by Wuchak on 2023-05-27

**_A tall, dark and mesmerizing vampire comes to London from Transylvania_** “Dracula” (1931) was based on the play rather than the novel... read more

**_A tall, dark and mesmerizing vampire comes to London from Transylvania_** “Dracula” (1931) was based on the play rather than the novel, but the basic Bram Stoker tale is there with alterations. In its time, this was great. Talkies had only been around for a handful of years. Don’t expect the nudity, violence or gore of Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992). If you want a modern take on the tale, I suggest that one (which adds a well-done love story). The focus here is on the handsome & intimidating Count’s calm charisma and hypnotic powers within a Victorian milieu and cobwebbed, crumbling Gothic architecture. It’s somehow relaxing despite the horror trappings. You have to accept this going in to appreciate it. There’s a Spanish-speaking version with a different actor in the eponymous role shot simultaneously, which many say is superior. Also, a score was added by Philip Glass in 1999. There’s also a colorized version. I viewed the original B&W film with Bela Lugosi. His iconic take on the king of vampires is worth the price of admission. The climax is weak though. The movie runs 1 hour, 15 minutes, and was shot at Universal Studios and Agua Dulce, which is in the desert high country north of there. GRADE: B-

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-10-08

I saw this with a marvellous piano accompaniment that really did showcase the delights of silent cinema and the talents of a pianist who can... read more

I saw this with a marvellous piano accompaniment that really did showcase the delights of silent cinema and the talents of a pianist who can play, non-stop, for seventy five minutes. Though Bela Lugosi takes top billing as the eponymous character, I felt the film really belonged to his assistant "Renfield" - enjoyably portrayed here by Dwight Frye. He is just an innocent estate agent who arrives at Castle Dracula only to find himself quickly enthralled to his new boss who is determined to come to "Carfax Abbey" in England with his trio of wives, and to wreak some good, old-fashioned, havoc! It's poor "Mina" (Helen Chandler) who is soon on his radar and it falls to her paramour "Harker" (David Manners) and accomplished vampire-hunter "Van Helsing" (Edward Van Sloan) to try and save the day before they are all transformed into blood-suckers. Lugosi is a wooden as a washboard in this film, but the constant shining of the light onto his eyes does manage to convey quite a potent sense of menace as his meticulously dressed count munches his way through the wee small hours. The flying bat on a string is not as daft as you might expect, indeed the whole visual impact of this film - though certainly basic - proves quite effective when the score does most of the heavy lifting. This is a story that has always benefitted from being shot monochrome, and ninety-odd years on, is still a cracking watch in a cinema.

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A Review by talisencrw

Though not my very favourite movie about the infamous vampire, this is quite beautiful, well-told and gorgeously photographed (I really can't wait to see the blu!) and is most probably Bela Lugosi's finest hour (though I love his work; and ...

reviewer avatar

A Review by talisencrw 9

Written by talisencrw on 2016-09-28

Though not my very favourite movie about the infamous vampire, this is quite beautiful, well-told and gorgeously photographed (I really can't wait to see the blu!) and is most probably Bela Lugosi's f...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by JPV852 8

Written by JPV852 on 2021-10-07

Probably my third or fourth time seeing this and while the story is simple, still really entertaining and Bela Lugosi, who even as a favorite of mine acknowledge was never the strongest actor, is in h...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by MonsterMartha 10

Written by MonsterMartha on 2022-07-26

"The blood is the life, Mr. REINFIELD" At three years old this was my first horror movie. My great-grandmother is the one who sat me down and showed me great Bela Lugosi as Dracula. This entire...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Wuchak 6

Written by Wuchak on 2023-05-27

**_A tall, dark and mesmerizing vampire comes to London from Transylvania_** “Dracula” (1931) was based on the play rather than the novel, but the basic Bram Stoker tale is there with alterations. ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-10-08

I saw this with a marvellous piano accompaniment that really did showcase the delights of silent cinema and the talents of a pianist who can play, non-stop, for seventy five minutes. Though Bela Lugos...

read more