Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dracula (1931)

The film begins with a great atmospheric sequence as we follow a man into Dracula's dark castle. This sequence is masterfully handled, and we get the introduction to Bela Lugosi's deservedly iconic portrayal of the character. Then it seems like Tod Browning completely gave up, apparently he did, as the film becomes really stagy for the rest of its run time. The scenes are repetitive, blandly acted for the most part with a few ridiculous attempts at comedy thrown in. There's nothing remarkable about the rest of the film other than Lugosi whose work stays strong, though he actually is not in it all the much. The ending, which features an off screen death for Dracula, is particularly disappointing.

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