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Dracula Reviews

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October 27, 2016
With its Gothic atmosphere and creepy performances by Bela Lugosi and Dwight Frye, Dracula remains a horror movie classic.
½ October 26, 2016
8.4/10, 10-26-2016.

Original rating: 6/10, circa December 2012.
October 26, 2016
Classic horror film that, while has aged by todays film techniques, remains a breakthrough monster movie in story & Lugosi's brilliant lead performance. The main appeal of the film is Bela Legosi's brilliant turn as Dracula, setting the standard for the character, with his regal appearance & menacing nature (his stare along still sends chills down one spine). The rest of the cast is solid as does it's job, but it's Legosi who carries the film. Behind the camera, director Todd Browning keeps the story lean at a mere 75 minutes, and while some of the scenes look like a sound stage, he keeps the action focused on Dracula. While dated by todays standards, it should be noted this is one of the film that set those standards, thus deserving of the term classic in every sense of the word.
½ October 10, 2016
Tod Browning's version of "Dracula" is as artistic as it is atmospheric, and after 75 years, it still holds up better than nearly every other adaptation of Bram Stoker's horror novel to come after it.
½ September 28, 2016
Though not my very favourite movie about the infamous vampire, this is quite beautiful, well-told and gorgeously photographed (I really can't wait to see the blu!) and is most probably Bela Lugosi's finest hour (though I love his work; and it's also right up there with the greatest-ever vampiric depictions on celluloid), and it has genuine scares. Lugosi not only growls and snarls but also delivers the succulent seductive power of both evil itself and immortality--no matter what devastating consequences that immortal life may truly mean.

Essential for both horror fanatics and fans of early (up to and including the 30's) cinema to own on the highest-possible quality, and regular re-watches. It's simply THAT GOOD.

The fact that its American release date was Valentine's Day (its New York City premiere was two days earlier) only further hits home the fact that its immortality is due to the fact that it isn't simply a cornerstone of Gothic horror but with a vibrant love story at its very heart.
September 25, 2016
RATS!! As far as the eye can see!
½ September 17, 2016
Not a lot of action. Dull in places but a landmark film in its day. It paved the way for horror films to the present day
Super Reviewer
½ September 13, 2016
It knows how to create a very creepy atmosphere and benefits from a magnetic performance by Bela Lugosi, even though the movie didn't age so well (a deleted epilogue makes the last scene seem too abrupt today) and everything about it is more theatrical than realistic.
August 17, 2016
A classic. Bela Lugosi simply makes the role what it is. This film paved the way for an unspeakable amount of horror films.
July 26, 2016
An excellent classic ok there some parts to this movie that are just a tiny bit boring but that doesn't stop this film from being a great classic
½ July 5, 2016
I just saw this movie simultaneously with a live performance of the soundtrack by Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet . It is the only way to watch it :). The movie stands the test of time and will do so for many years to come in my humble opinion.
June 13, 2016
Great movie, Bela Lugosi is the best Dracula ever, highly recommended movie!
June 10, 2016
85 anos depois, Bela Lugosi continua o ator definitivo na representação hipnotisante do Conde Drácula. A sua representação, voz e maneirismos, influenciou todo um género visual e sonoro que perdura ainda hoje com grande sucesso. Louvores merecidos também para Dwight Frye, um Renfield verdadeiramente inquietante que ajuda o filme a ir por vezes para além do tom teatral característico das obras deste tempo.
April 6, 2016
One of the scariest vampire movies ever made.
April 1, 2016
The classic Lugosi version that launched the sound era horror boom. Still powerful and hypnotic!
April 1, 2016
gotta wonder what Bela would have thought about this and all the attention again for Universal it's pure profit-once again from their monster pics.
March 4, 2016
The best Bela Lugosi horror film ever made.
February 19, 2016
Strange combination of a masterpiece with an actually boring static movie, especially in its second half. But the opening scene is a true masterpiece of film-making whereas the second half of the film is only saved by the outstanding performances of Renfield and Van Helsing, even though the atmosphere of the movie is tremendous too.
½ February 6, 2016
Honestly, I was a little disappointed by this movie. Dracula is a story I hope you all know and I will not explain it here. The movie follows the book very well, but it also feels very rushed. The story moves very quickly and everything is concluded anticlimactic. That's the only problem I had with this movie and it honestly ruins the movie quite a bit! Bela Lugosi as Dracula, though. THAT was amazing! His way of talking, his performance, his look, it's all very well done and I can only say good things about him. Same goes for Dwight Frye as the ever creepy Renfield. His laughter will forever haunt me now. Truly brilliant! Everyone else was good, too, but these guys stand out. The atmosphere of the movie is amazing, as well. It has a very creepy tone to it and all the locations look very detailed and beautiful, especially Dracula's castle, which I wished they showed more of it, but due the movie's plot flaws, they never did. There isn't any music in the movie besides the opening credits which adds to the scary atmosphere. The ending was bad, if you ask me. It made Dracula look quite stupid and was very anticlimactic at the same time. All in all, a good movie, but a not-very-good Dracula movie. I feel that the runtime of the movie ruined it. I would recommend this movie to horror movie fans and fans of classic cinema, as this is a classic, but I honestly prefer the 1922 & 1979 Nosferatu movies.
½ November 13, 2015
Tod Browning directs the crap out of this most-engaging of Universal monsters. Great sets, sharp lighting, and perfectly scary framing more than overcome the sort of "meh" story. It also boasts one of my favorite lines from a dialogue between men talking about the potential of vampires: "Isn't this a strange conversation for me who AREN'T crazy?"
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