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½ January 19, 2017
This turned out to be a far more intriguing movie than anticipated. How Universal managed to make a self-loathing Vampire as a metaphor for a lesbian in 1936 is an amazing feet. In a post Anne Rice world, it's no shock. But in the mid 1930s, it was a very bold move. At first I was put off by Holden not being enough like Bela Lugosi. After it quickly dawned on me what the film was doing, it became possible to watch it in a different light. In addition to the surprising theme, it's an elegantly shot film and a worthy member of the Universal monster movie pantheon.
November 3, 2016
Professor Abraham Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) is being prosecuted for driving a stake through the heart of a man whom Von Helsing insists was an insidious vampire lord. His psychiatrist friend (Otto Kruger) is the only man who can clear his name, but this shrink is distracted by the charms of a brooding aristocrat (Gloria Holden) who believes that therapy and hypnosis can cure her insatiable bloodlust. Dracula's Daughter is more technically accomplished than its famous predecessor, but polished cinematography and an actual score are packaged with stock characters, a boilerplate story, and a script that sometimes feels like it's checking plot points off a list rather than telling a story. On the other hand, Gloria Holden is captivating in the title role, the concept of a reluctant vampire seeking a cure for their condition was still a somewhat novel story approach in 1936, and the movie does have enough courage to borrow a few of the sapphic undercurrents found in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 Gothic novella Carmilla.
April 6, 2016
The greatest vampire movie ever see it.
½ February 8, 2016
Mediocre sequel to the classic 1931 vampire film that fails to make us feel sorry for the main character by the end, displays an irritated Otto Kruger, stupidly forgets how to spell Van Helsing's name, and is obviously half-a**** in trying to copy Bride of Frankenstein's humor.
Super Reviewer
February 8, 2016
It's no masterpiece but it's a worthy sequel.
October 23, 2015
solid but kinda boring. does have a few good ideas
½ July 22, 2015
A definitive sequel to one of the greatest movies of all time! Marguerite Churchill is such a sweetheart, and is one of my favorite characters in this film! Gloria Holden has that same creepiness and charisma which Bela Lugosi brought to his iconic role, and enjoyed every moment of it! Another landmark in filmmaking!
July 19, 2015
Dracula's Daughter is the sequel to the very successful Dracula from 1931, starring Bela Lugosi. Instead of having the Count return in some fashion, they decided to go in a different direction altogether. Edward Van Sloan reprises his role as Dr. Von Helsing, but this time around, there isn't much to the proceedings that are as effective as the original movie. Gloria Holden's Countess struggles with being a vampire while we struggle not to get up and turn the movie off. Neither scary nor or all that interesting, it's easy to see why this movie has been neglected for so many years and almost never mentioned in the same breath as the first.
½ July 4, 2015
A thoroughly modern vampire movie, it has a lot more in common with the genre in latter decades than it does with the horror flicks of its own time, and is one of the last of the truly great Universal monster movies.
½ April 25, 2015
It doesn't have the same effect as Dracula, but it still delivers more vampire thrills and a creepy atmosphere, while going back to people and places in the first film. Dracula's daughter is bit of a bore herself, but the role is still pulled off well enough.
January 8, 2015
This movie is a sequel to the Bela Lugosi Dracula movie. The movie actually starts at the end of the Dracula movie with two British Policemen discovering the bodies of Dracula and Renfield. Professor Von Helsing comes forward and confesses to driving a stake through Dracula's heart. After the bodies are taken to the rural police station a woman appears claiming to be Dracula's daughter. They never explain how Dracula had a daughter. After she steals the body of Dracula she has it burned and then goes to London to seek a cure for being a vampire. This movie is not near as good as the original Dracula movie. It came with the box set of DVD's that contained four Dracula movies. The movie was made 5 years after the original movie. In the 1930's there was no Television and Hollywood could put out sequels to popular movies and people would go see them. This wasn't a cheap movie but it was all shot in a movie studio and used no special effects. Today a sequel has to have a big budget with lots of special effects or no one will go see it.
½ November 9, 2014
Dracula's Duaghter is okay. It has some atmosphere, and it moves at a swifter pace than the Bela Lugosi film, but there is still something about these Universal Vampire movies I can't get behind. They are just too tame or something. If you want to see some fascinating lesbian undertones in a film from the 1930s, or you just happen to enjoy anything in the Universal Monster canon, then this might be for you.
Super Reviewer
½ September 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.

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½ August 28, 2014
The first mesmerizing vampire film!
½ July 18, 2014
A decent sequel to Dracula the actress who plays the daughter is definitely a good choice for the role. Has a not as threatening stare but still great.
August 9, 2013
The Only Dracula Film To Be One Of My Favorite Films Is 1931's Dracula With Bela Lugosi.
½ April 16, 2013
Dracula's Daughter begins strong but gets a little boring here and there. Overall i like the movie. Even for the 30's its not very frightening. It is way more interesting than scary.
March 9, 2013
not as good as you think.
½ February 2, 2013
With the bodies of Renfield and Count Dracula at his feet, Scotland Yard is forced to take Professor Van Helsing into police custody on murder charges. While he is being held, a mysterious woman entrances the guards and makes off with the body of the deceased Count. The woman is revealed to be Countess Zaleska - Dracula's daughter - who destroys her father's corpse in the hopes of freeing herself from his curse. After discovering that the curse has not yet left her, the Countess calls upon a renown psychiatrist to help dispel the evil that plagues her. DRACULA'S DAUGHTER is an odd choice as a follow up to the Gothic classic, but an interesting one nonetheless. Here we find a lonely and reluctant vampiress that is struggling with her own existence. She fights the urge to feed, but is unable to overcome her impulses to kill. Gloria Holden is enchanting with her stark features and hypnotic gaze, giving an excellent performance as the mistress of the night. She is joined by the slithery Irving Pichel as her assistant Sandor, whose sly, manipulative tone often pins him as the true villain of the film. Otto Kruger, on the other hand, does nothing to gain the audience's sympathies with his stagnant portrayal of Dr. Jeffrey Garth. DRACULA'S DAUGHTER is a good sequel that may only have benefited more as a standalone film.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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