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.”