Or, don't share your railway compartment with Bela Lugosi. But seriously, folks, this is one of the best films of the 1930, a dream of a shattered Europe that is both Art Deco (Poelzig's house is one of the greatest sets of all time) and Gothic.
Unfortunately not the horror masterpiece it's been made out to be. Karloff and Lugosi are in top form, the legendary production design and expressionistic lighting make for some fantastic visuals; and some of the camerawork and the Satanic cult subject matter are decades ahead of its time - but the plot is plodding and clunky, and it doesn't really get going until the last 10 minutes or so.
Full of atmosphere and expressionistic photography - at times, things move a bit like an eerie dream/nightmare. But, as some have commented, the plot is a bit plodding, and by the time it truly feels like it is going, things end. Just for the look of the film, I enjoyed watching it, but did feel like it was a bit of an incomplete work.
The most epic widow's peak contest that cinema has ever seen! The plotting is unfortunately a muddle of half-sketched interesting ideas, but the style is fluid and fascinating—which is more than I can say for the more famous (and much worse) Dracula. 3 out of 5 stars.