Tod Browning maintains the Silent Era aesthetic gloriously. Bela Lugosi's voice gives Talkies a reason to exist. A gorgeous, iconic film. See it in 35mm on the big screen if you get a chance, this one really deserves it.
'99 re-scored by Philip Glass version. Universal took great liberties in adapting the Bram Stoker novel but succeeded none the less with this fine example of classic horror. The tone is perfect throughout and the casting of Lugosi inspired nightmares and dread (at the time). Perfectly paced and executed this timeless film braves the passing of decades much like its title character.
Perhaps not as 'accomplished' as Vampyr; but like it, it's strength is reliance on it's being a chamber drama-horror hybrid. Along with the players, the film exhibits paralysis of movement & action. Confined to limited settings and heightening the character's inability to contend with the events. Causing them to 'react' rather than 'act', with a seriousness as though it'd been subtitled 'Mina Gets a Headcold.'
This Hollywood "Dracula" movie based upon a stage play was the kick-start for decades of Hollywood films based upon the bloodsucker that has gone on till today. One of the reasons for it successes were Bela Lugosi who is magnetic as Dracula and the film's stylish sets and dialogue. But, I don't like Van Helsing and the other heroes here as they are boring. This is the villains' show.
Le célèbre mythe de Dracula, le fameux vampire assoiffé de sang, et de son poursuivant acharné, le professeur Van Helsing qui cherche à le détruire. Tod Browning, un maître du genre !