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.'
a gay dandy intro that shifts into camp that clearly inspired ed wood with great shots (the empty mirrors) and one charismatic performance (guess). some of the dialogue "small ones, with blood in them" is surprisingly innovative, dissociative, strange. scene with van helsing & dracula was erotic in a masculine / imperialist way
As much as I love Tod Browning's work, I must say this movie disappointed me. I've been looking forward to watch this film for a very long time, but maybe that was my mistake. Everything what I love about Freaks, was not in this movie. The performances where way too old school, it looked all the time like a theatre piece, almost no camera movements... And of course Lugosi helps, but... Such a disappointment.
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 !