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  Dracula Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.63 /10
Bela Lugosi , Helen Chandler, David Manners
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Directed by: Tod Browning
Written by: Garrett Fort, from Bram Stoker's novel

Released: 1931
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 84

Transylvanian vampire count (Bela Lugosi, pictured) rampages through England.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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An important horror film because of its opening fifteen minutes, which establish a creepy atmosphere and have been imitated ad nauseam. From then on, however, itís downhill all the way: staginess and endless verbosity triumph over visual imagery, Lugosi (who had played the role on stage since 1927) becomes more hammy than frightening, and when the Count hits London the story becomes incomprehensible. Far too much of the exciting action takes place offscreen, and the climax is extraordinarily lame. A massive popular success despite these failings, it spawned innumerable imitations and sequels, including two from Universal: Draculaís Daughter (1936) and Son of Dracula (1943).

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