Friday Night Cinema: Dracula (1931)

The mother of all vampire movies.  Not the first, not the last, but certainly the best. Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

If you have the opportunity, check out the Spanish version, which was filmed each night on the same sets, with entirely different casts, and some different approaches.

The final line of this film was a mystery to me until I saw the Spanish version, in which Van Helsing explains that he will remain behind to administer the final cure to Renfield.  In the English version, Van Helsing hurries Mina and Dr. Harker along with a delicate promise to follow “presently.”

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  1. #1 by Beverly on October 14, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    I like how this is filed under “Spooky (not scary) Movies” – who are you kidding??? LOL It IS scary! Of course, the stills from the videos you posted were scary to me…so I may be a bit skewed in my interpretation of scary. Which is why I have not watched scary movies since my big sister (who shall remain nameless, but who may or may not have authored this blog) made me watch Shock Theater (with Bowman Body, on the Biiiiiiiiiiig Eight!) in the 1970s.

    • #2 by Mary Fletcher Jones on October 15, 2011 - 11:55 am

      I am really sorry about that. I was scared to watch them by myself. Usually, I think I remember, you fell asleep, though 🙂 with your EYES HALF OPEN! You were scarier than the movie 🙂

  2. #3 by omawarisan on October 16, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    The old classic movies like these are so much more enjoyable. They get to the same place so much more artfully. Not much skill in getting to that same point by showing people being sectioned up.

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