One line review: Dracula manages to hold up suprisingly well for it’s age, dependent mostly on the acting of Bela Lugosi and Dwight Frye.

Movie Title: Dracula

Actors: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Herbert Bunston, Frances Dade, Joan Standing, Charles K. Gerrard

Director: Tod Browning, Karl Freund

Year: 1931

Genre: Horror

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% – Bela Lugosi’s timeless portrayal of Dracula in this creepy and atmospheric 1931 film has set the standard for major vampiric roles since.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Providing a great contrast to The Shining, Dracula had very little sound effects or music as it came soon after the silent age of films. Still, the silence works just as well, often making the viewer feel trapped with Count Dracula. In addition, the slow and calculating speech of Bela Lugosi combined with the manic and insane mumblings of Dwight Frye constantly leaves the viewer on edge. My only complaint is that there seems to be some inconsistencies with the powers of Dracula and what he can do to his victims, though that’s more my inner nerd talking. A great film.


2 Responses to Dracula

  1. With all due respect…my reaction to this example is in my experience it’s NOT a good idea to question the direction given. Yes, ask a question if you don’t UNDERSTAND what’s being asked of you. Yes, ask a question if you need more information. But don’t question their direction; it’s always better to be flexible and let go of your idea of how it’s supposed to be played and just go with it. The director or casting person may have a multitude of reasons why they are asking you to do it completely differently, and opposite of how you thought it should be. If you ask a question which is obviously QUESTIONING THEIR DIRECTION, as opposed to trying to just better UNDERSTAND the new direction, it makes you seem like an obstinate actor who may not be so easy to work with. Personally I would never do that.

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