The Classic Literature On Film Blogathon – Dracula (1931)


This is my second of 3 reviews for the The 2020 Classic Literature On Film Blogathon taking place this weekend and being hosted by Paul of Silver Screen Classics

Tnx for letting me partake Paul!

“For one who has not lived even a single lifetime, you’re a wise man, Van Helsing. ” – Count Dracula

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Count Dracula travels to England where he encounters a young woman who he wishes to make a vampire.

My Take on it – The story of Dracula has been adapted many times to the small and big screen and also to numerous other forms of media, but this is still considered to be among the best.

Bela Legosi has become to portrayal of this character who all others are gauged against because of the way that he plays things in this film.

The story is presented in a very simplistic fashion, yet it still works quite well.

They do a wonderful job showing the battle of wits between Dracula and Van Helsing and that helps the story move along in some very intriguing directions that work really well.

Taking into consideration the way that films were made back in the early days of the medium, its great to see how they dealt with both cinematographic and special effects aspects of this film which help make things feel even more realistic and it’s extremely impressive with what they manages to do with this story.

Bottom Line – Great adaptation of the famous bloodsucker story.  Legosi is truly amazing in the title role and has been the way that the character has been gauged ever since. The story is a bit simple, yet works quite well. Love the way that they have Dracula and Van Helsing try to match wits as things move along which helps make things even more suspenseful. Given the way that films were made back in the 30’s from both a cinematographic and effects perspective, it’s quite impressive what they managed to do with this story. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Bela Lugosi died in 1956, he was buried wearing one of his many black silk capes, but not the one that he wore in Dracula. That one was put on auction by his son, Bela Lugosi Jr., in 2011. The starting bid being set at $1,200,000, it failed to sell. Later, in November 2019, the family donated it to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where it was being restored as of February 2020. It will be put on display along with an exclusive collection of prestigious and priceless Golden Age of Hollywood star props and artifacts. It ought to be noted that there was a persisting – yet untrue – rumor that being buried in one of his vampire capes was Lugosi’s dying wish when, in fact, it was decided by Bela Lugosi Jr. and his mother, Lugosi’s ex-wife, Lillian Arch. The Lugosi family has long corroborated these facts to be accurate. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Classic Literature On Film Blogathon – Dracula (1931)

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