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Dracula (1931) was a Fantasy - Horror Film directed by Tod Browning and Karl Freund and produced by Carl Laemmle Jr., Tod Browning and E.M. Asher.

The film was based on the novel of the same name and also Stage Play written by Bram Stoker published in 1897 (novel); Oct 5, 1927 - May 1928 (play performed at Fulton Theatre, NY).

Dracula was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2000.

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DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

By Dan Day Jr. on Dec 26, 2018 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

I got quite excited when I found out earlier this year that Shout Factory was planning on releasing a number of Hammer Films horror titles on Blu-ray. My enthusiasm was tempered a bit when it was announced that DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS was going to be the first in the series. Nothing against the m... Read full article


HORROR OF DRACULA On Blu-ray From Warner Archive

By Dan Day Jr. on Dec 19, 2018 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

The Region A Blu-ray debut of the most famous Hammer film of all time has already stirred up a fair amount of controversy--so much so that I've debated on whether I should even write this blog post at all. Instead of going into the history and/or the importance of the film, I'll get right to the po... Read full article


On Blu-ray: Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

By KC on Nov 20, 2018 From Classic Movies

It must have been shocking for the period piece-adoring Hammer crowd to behold the hairy, groovy hippies dancing on pianos and making love under the dining room table in Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972). While there is the presence of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing to provide a reassuring bridge to the p... Read full article


DRACULA A.D. 1972 On Blu-ray From Warner Archive

By Dan Day Jr. on Oct 20, 2018 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

The Warner Archive Collection made a lot of fanboys happy when it was announced they would be releasing DRACULA A.D. 1972 and THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA on Region A Blu-ray. THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA disc has been delayed to November, but DRACULA A.D. 1972 is available now. With DRACULA A.D. 1... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jan 8, 2018 From Virtual Virago

Peter Cushing returns to the role of Doctor Van Helsing for this sequel to Hammer's 1958 reinvention of the Dracula story, but, in spite of the title, Dracula never actually appears. Instead, Van Helsing combats a new undead menace and the relentless obstacle of the doctor's own terrible timing, whi... Read full article


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Quotes from

Van Helsing: You'll die in torment if you die with innocent blood on your soul.
Renfield: God will not damn a poor lunatic's soul. He knows that the powers of evil are too great for those with weak minds.


Renfield: No, no, master. I wasn't going to say anything, I told them nothing. I am loyal to you master.


Mina Seward: [doing an impression of Dracula] It reminds me of the broken battlements of my own castle in Transylvania.
[chuckles]
Mina Seward: Oh, Lucy, you're so romantic!
Lucy Weston: Laugh all you like. I think he's fascinating.
Mina Seward: Oh, I suppose he's all right. But give me someone a little more normal.
Lucy Weston: Like John?
Mina Seward: Yes, dear, like John.
Lucy Weston: [dreamily] Castle... Dracula... Transylvania!
Mina Seward: Well, Countess! I'll leave you to your count and his ruined abbey!
[both giggle]
Mina Seward: Good night, Lucy.
Lucy Weston: Good night, dear.


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Facts about

Several famous elements often associated with Dracula are not visible in this film. At no point does Dracula display fangs. Also, the famous vampire bite mark on the neck is never shown either (though it is visible in the Spanish version).
Bette Davis (who had a contract at Universal at the time) was considered to play the part of Mina Harker. However, Universal head Carl Laemmle Jr. didn't think too highly of her sex appeal.
Andy Warhol's 1963 silkscreen The Kiss depicts Bela Lugosi from Dracula about to bite into the neck of co-star Helen Chandler, who played Mina Harker. A copy sold for $798,000 at Christie's in May 2000.
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Dracula

Released 1931
Inducted 2000
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