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Year
1931
Runtime
75 min.
Director
Tod Browning
Genre
Horror
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
27,842
Checks
13,108
Favs
459
Dislikes
78
Favs/checks
3.5% (1:29)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    1931's Dracula with Bela Lugosi is worth seeing because it is iconic. However, it is at times painfully slow and theatrical. The latter is at least understandable given that it is more an adaptation of the stage play than Stoker's original novel, and Lugosi was cast precisely because he was in the stage play. But truth be told, while they do some interesting things with lighting to make his hypnotic tricks come alive, the possessed Renfield and Mina Harker are scarier than he is! But then, isn't that kind of the point? Universal more or less created the civilized, aristocratic, and suave Dracula with this picture, surely more insidious a villain than more monstrous portrayals. If it flags, it's in the middle once we reach London. While Edward Van Sloan is striking as Van Helsing, he's essentially an infodump device, making you realize we're too early for audiences to know all the vampire tropes by heart. 3 years ago
  2. criscoJovan's avatar

    criscoJovan

    I will agree I enjoyed Frankenstein far more, but that's comparing apples to oranges. Like many classic - and it is indeed a classic - horror films, the atmosphere is really what makes it.

    Also, the scene of Renfield's maniacal laughter below the deck is unforgettably terrific!
    8 years 2 months ago
  3. Burningstardust's avatar

    Burningstardust

    I prefer this to Frankenstein. But perhaps that's because I prefer the Dracula story to that of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and this is at any rate the more accurate adaptation of the two.
    They're both great though, some amazing filmmaking. I enjoyed it a lot.
    8 years 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #16 in Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century
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  2. This movie ranks #40 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  3. This movie ranks #55 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  4. This movie ranks #85 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills
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  5. This movie ranks #86 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  6. This movie ranks #97 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  7. This movie ranks #234 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  8. This movie ranks #271 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  9. This movie ranks #290 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  10. This movie ranks #361 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
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  11. This movie ranks #740 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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