Drácula (Dracula, Spanish Version) 1931

Dracula

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Soon after beginning work for Conde Dracula (Carlos Villarias), the clerk Renfield (Pablo Alvarez Rubio) learns that his employer is, in fact, a vampire who lives on human blood. Now under Dracula's spell, Renfield helps his master travel to London, where the vampire takes another victim (Carmen Guerrero). Dracula also has eyes on the lovely Eva (Lupita Tovar), but her fiancé, Juan Harker (Barry Norton), and a wise professor named Van Helsing (Eduardo Arozamena) seek to stop him.

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Carlos Villarias
Conde Drácula
Pablo Alvarez Rubio
Renfield
Barry Norton
Juan Harker
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  • Sep 15, 2014
    A stunningly atmospheric horror tale shot during 1931 Dracula's off time, this Spanish language version bests it's legendary English counterpart by a bloody great degree. Like English version director Tod Browning, George Melford came from an impressive run in silent film (The Sheik). It shows. Whereas the former evinces a sloppy Devil-May-Care approach to Bram Stoker's novel, the latter took full advantage of the production's studio resources, crafting an oftentimes more frightening scaremaker. Admittedly, the English language version remains more iconic for two reasons: Lugosi's introduction and Browning's spine-tingling take on the ghost ship just can't be touched. In this unrated Spanish language version of the horror classic, the ancient vampire Count Dracula (Carlos Villarias) arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina (Lupita Tovar). Granted, some tropes came down to culture (Mexico allowed for more cleavage and actual rats used in place of opossums), but the shadows fall in the right place as did the thrills. Of course, nothing at the time trumps Bela Lugosi in the titular role. In fact, wild-eyed vampire Carlos Villarias sometimes looks like a goofy game show host when he should be playing up the Latin lover angle. Vibrant Lupita Tovar and seemingly psychotic Pablo Alvarez Rubio (as Renfield), however, make up the difference. Bottom line: Fangs for the Memories
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    The original 1931 Dracula that everyone knows stars Bela Lugosi. The film has become a staple in horror movies and is an undeniable classic among film fanatics. The movie elevated Universal to a household name and made it the studio to go to to get a horror movie made. Few people know, however, that the movie was filmed right alongside a Spanish language version with an entirely different cast. This parallel Dracula was directed by George Melford, starred Carlos Villarías, and is in many ways superior to its English version. Let me give you a little background on the movie: When the original Dracula (the English version) was being filmed the studio decided that it would be a great idea to film a second version with an all Spanish speaking cast. The English version went on to get all of the fame, money, and girls. The Spanish version was left by the wayside, but the Spanish version of Dracula is much better in many respects. The movie had a lower budget and had to make up for the lack of "great" special effects with superior acting. The movie makes little tweaks here and there but is essentially the same story. The movie's main focus is on the character Conde Dracula. Say that with me class, Con-de. Other characters went through a similar ethnic name change process as well including Juan Harker and Eva Seward. Dr. Van Helsing stayed the same though. I urge you not to dismiss this movie just because it is a forigen film; its not in English and they changed the names of some of the most well known characters in Gothic horror, but its still a fantastic film. Its a wonder why they didn't just go ahead and dub over the original English version. It seems to me that they could of saved a lot of money that way. However, they did a great job and parts of this film surpass its English counterpart. Dracula gets a 8 out of 10 from me. The movie hits all of the right spots. I felt very weak as if I had lost my virginity. S!D
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2009
    As said before there are a lot of Dracula Movies out there from Blockbusters to B ones. Its the old same thing, just tiny bits difference sometimes.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2009
    Although the cinematography is more atmospheric than the Tod Browning version, it's obvious that Carlos Villarias is no Bela Lugosi.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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