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After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire, Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina's health. Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina's fiance, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.
The story of the strangest passion the world has ever known!
Release Date: February 12, 1931
Runtime: 75 mins
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror
Languages: English, Hungarian, Latin
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Buried.com Rating: 8.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: Approved
Bela Lugosi ...Count Dracula
Helen Chandler ...Mina
David Manners ...John Harker
Dwight Frye ...Renfield
Edward Van Sloan ...Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston ...Doctor Seward
Frances Dade ...Lucy
Joan Standing ...Maid
Charles K. Gerrard ...Martin (as Charles Gerrard)
Anna Bakacs ...Innkeeper's Daughter
Nicholas Bela ...Coach Passenger
Daisy Belmore ...Coach Passenger
Barbara Bozoky ...Innkeeper's Wife
Tod Browning ...Harbormaster (voice)
Moon Carroll ...Maid
Geraldine Dvorak ...Dracula's Wife
John George ...Small Scientist
Anita Harder ...Flower Girl
Carla Laemmle ...Coach Passenger
Donald Murphy ...Coach Passenger
Wyndham Standing ...Surgeon
Cornelia Thaw ...Dracula's Wife
Dorothy Tree ...Dracula's Wife
Josephine Velez ...Grace - English Nurse
Michael Visaroff ...Innkeeper
Carl Laemmle Jr.
John L. Balderston
Dracula Horror Film Trailer 1
"Swan Lake, Op.20"
"Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, WWV 96"
More Movie Taglines:
- The story of the strangest passion the world has ever known!
- The Vampire Thriller
- Count Dracula: For one who has not lived even a single lifetime, you're a wise man, Van Helsing.
[first lines] Young Girl Passenger: [reading from a Transylvanian tourist brochure] "Among the rugged peaks that crown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age."
Renfield: No, no, master. I wasn't going to say anything, I told them nothing. I am loyal to you master.
Count Dracula: I am Dracula. Renfield: Oh, it's really good to see you. I don't know what happened to the driver and my luggage and... Well, and with all this, I thought I was in the wrong place. Count Dracula: I bid you welcome. [Dracula goes up the stairs. Renfield starts to follow him. Suddenly, Dracula hears wolves howling] Count Dracula: Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make. [Dracula goes up the steps and waits for Renfield, who, without difficulty, cuts open a hole in a huge spider's web using his walking stick] Count Dracula: The spider spinning his web for the unwary fly. The blood is the life, Mr. Renfield. Renfield: Why, er... yes.
Renfield: Rats. Rats. Rats! Thousands! Millions of them! All red blood! All these will I give you if you will obey me.
- Universal Studios commissioned a new musical score from composer Philip Glass. It premiered at The Brooklyn Academy of Music on 26 October 1999.
When Universal purchased the rights to the 1927 Broadway play, Lon Chaney was considered for the title role. However, Chaney died on August 26, 1930, and the role went to Bela Lugosi.
A Spanish-language version, Drácula (1931), was filmed at night on the same set at the same time, with Spanish-speaking actors.
Cinematographer Karl Freund achieved the effect of Dracula's hypnotic stare by aiming two pencil-spot-lights into actor Bela Lugosi's eyes.
The Royal Albert Hall sequence of the movie was filmed on the same stage where The Phantom of the Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney had been filmed.
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