Dracula's Daughter 1936

Dracula's Daughter

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Dracula's Daughter extends the Universal horror myth in an interesting direction, but the talky script and mild atmosphere undermine its ambition.

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Although Count Dracula was destroyed by Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), who is now being tried for his murder, Dracula's daughter, the Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden), is still alive -- and her father's death has brought her no closer to eradicating her vampiric thirst for blood. When attempts to free herself of the disease fail, she turns to psychiatrist Dr. Garth (Otto Kruger) for assistance, but soon finds herself struggling with the desire to make him one of the undead as well.

Cast & Crew

Otto Kruger
Dr. Jeffrey Garth
Gloria Holden
Countess Marya Zaleska
Edward Van Sloan
Professor Van Helsing
Nan Gray
Lili
Hedda Hopper
Lady Esme Hammond
Gilbert Emery
Sir Basil Humphrey
E.E. Clive
Sergeant Wilkes
John L. Balderston
Writer (Story)
Bram Stoker
Writer (Story)
Harry Zehner
Executive Producer
Heinz Roemheld
Original Music
George Robinson
Cinematographer
Milton Carruth
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Critic Reviews for Dracula's Daughter

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Audience Reviews for Dracula's Daughter

  • Feb 08, 2016
    It's no masterpiece but it's a worthy sequel.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2014
    Making little effort to raise the hairs on the back of your neck but much effort to raise film fans' ire, Dracula's Daughter exchanges Gothic horror for horrifically god awful within the first half hour. The first 20 minutes isn't even that bad, bringing in Everett Sloan as Van Helsing (the only holdover from the 1930 classic) to bridge the gap and spotlighting both crypts and corpses to set an ominous tone that continues only for a few more scenes. Instead, the action shifts to the Count's offspring, a non-threatening dowager wishing to be freed from a vampire curse by psychiatry. In this unrated continuation of Universals Dracula series, Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden) seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist (Otto Kruger), in hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence. Oh, the cast tries their best, third tier status or not. There's just no beating heart behind the story, which exhibits so few moments of menace and dread that the picture plays out like a bad drawing room mystery. Based on the pure caliber of quality on display in Universal's Bride of Frankenstein, it seems downright criminally insane that that same studio didn't invest in a direct sequel to Dracula, especially since author Bram Stoker wrote a follow-up short story to his novel, "Dracula's Guest." After all, Bela Lugosi and director Tod Browning were still around the Universal lot (working together on Mark of the Vampire in 1935), but nothing ever materialized...until this unfortunate coma, er, coda six years later. Bottom line: Lady Sings the Blah Blah Blah
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2012
    The Dracula legacy continues in Universal's follow-up film Dracula's Daughter. Picking up where the last film ended, Von Helsing is charged with the murder of Count Dracula; meanwhile the mysterious Countess Marya Zaleska comes to London to see the remains of Dracula, looking to cure herself of his curse. This is a rather poor sequel that stretched the material and doesn't have a clear story arc. Additionally, the film isn't as well cast and no one is able to bring the level of charisma that Bela Lugosi did. There are some interesting things in Dracula's Daughter, but it doesn't have the dark and foreboding tone that made Dracula so compelling and terrifying.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2010
    Trying to ride the popularity train of Tod Browning's 1931 film Dracula, Dracula's Daughter falls flat on its face. This movie is boring, dull and has nothing going for it. The stars of the movie include: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Chruchill, and Edward Von Sloan returning from Dracula to portray the character Van Helsing. The only passable actor would have to be Gloria Holden who plays Dracula's Daughter, Countess Marya Zaleska. This movie is canon to the original, set only moments after the first film ends. We see Van Helsing dealing with the police for driving a stake through the heart of a man known as Count Dracula. The police have no idea that he was a vampire and they think the entire idea is ludicrous; meanwhile Countess Marya Zaleska comes to London to destroy her fathers body and do what vampires do best. There are a ton of things that bother me about this flim. One being that the movie is set in London and none of the actors have British accents, the movie could have easily been set in New York or Chicago. The movie is not scary what-so-ever, virtually all of the vampire "biting" scenes are done off camera. The storyline seems forced, it seems like the screenwriter scribbled this down one lonely night after watching the original Dracula. I am glad Bela Lugosi kept himself away from the film altogether, it would have been a disaster...Well more so than it already was. I am going to give Dracula's Daughter a 2 of 10. The only thing that I like about this movie is the character Van Helsing and the subsequent investigation of his involvement in the murder Count Dracula. The movie is well shot and the dialog is delivered very well, albeit with no accents. Wanna see my jewels? S!D
    Brandon S Super Reviewer

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