Sunday, November 01, 2009

Movie review: Dracula (1931)

Nobody before or since (with the single exception of Vlad Tepes) has owned the character of Dracula like Bela Lugosi. The movie is suitably creepy, with misty graveyards and cobwebbed castles. Lugosi's Hungarian accent lends to the count's exotic appeal, as does the black and white format.

The story follows Count Dracula from his domination of Renfield, the English solicitor, to his arrival in the abandoned abbey next door to the lovely Mina. Fortunately for Mina, although Count Dracula takes a nefarious interest in her, she has a devoted fiance and a very wise friend - Professor Van Helsing.

Although it's a good deal less creepy to the modern audience than it was to people in the 30s, it's still a classic horror film, and a must-see for any horror buff or movie fan.

"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make!" is the quote that puts Dracula in AFI's 100 Years 100 Quotes list.

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