'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.
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
It's not Browning's fault, but the hiss is very distracting in this film, particularly in the scenes in Dracula's castle, which are meant to be atmospheric. It's a little slow at times, and feels a little awkward(probably should have been a silent film), but it looks great, and no doubt was highly influential and important for the genre. Definitely worth a look