Dracula Overview:

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).


The most famous screen version of Bram Stoker's celebrated tale launched Lugosi's career in the role he seemed destined to play. Browning had the right macabre sensibility and Freund's images are moody and shadowy. You know the lines by heart, but have you ever really looked at the scene in which Lugosi stands at the top of a sweeping staircase, haloed by spiderwebs, and intones, "I am...Dracula"? There was a Spanish-language version filmed at the same time that, with the exception of Lugosi's embodiment of the count, is considered superior. Try to give it a watch.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Dracula was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2000.

BlogHub Articles:

Dracula (1931): Starring Bela Lugosi

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 6, 2023 From 4 Star Films

As the story behind Universal’s Dracula unfolds, it’s a joy to pinpoint all the elements helping to intensify the dread and solidify it among the studio’s emerging array of horror classics. There has to be a kind of mythology and lore that the scares can be built out of. The protec... Read full article

Monsters and Matinees: Beyond Lugosi – 9 classic film actors who played Dracula

By Toni Ruberto on Nov 12, 2022 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Say the name Dracula and who do you see? Most likely Bela Lugosi. The Hungarian actor remains the face of Bram Stoker?s iconic character even for some who have never seen him play the role. So here?s a surprising fact that I have to remind myself of: Lugosi only played Count Dracula twice on film... Read full article

Rating The Universal Dracula Films

By Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 9, 2022 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Now it's time for my personal rankings of the Universal Dracula films made during the studio's classic monster era from 1931 to 1948. This will be the same setup as my Universal Frankenstein rankings from yesterday. There's going to be some overlap from that list, as HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF ... Read full article

DRACULA AND SON On Blu-ray From Severin

By Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 29, 2022 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

The main highlight of Severin's THE EUROCRYPT OF CHRISTOPHER LEE COLLECTION 2 Blu-ray box set is its 3-disc presentation of the 1976 French comedy DRACULA AND SON (originally titled DRACULA PERE ET FILS). The film is not only shown in a restored, uncut condition, it is also the recipient of several ... Read full article

Rating The Hammer Dracula Films Starring Christopher Lee

By Dan Day, Jr. on May 27, 2022 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Christopher Lee. I've decided to mark this occasion by ranking the Hammer Dracula films which starred Lee. The format is much the same as yesterday's ranking of the Hammer Frankenstein films starring Peter Cushing. One aspect of the Hammer Draculas that doesn't g... Read full article

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Quotes from

Renfield: [overhearing Van Helsing discussing vampires] Isn't this a strange conversation, for people who aren't crazy?

Lucy Weston: Lofty timbers, the walls around are bare, echoing to our laughter as though the dead were there... Quaff a cup to the dead already, hooray for the next to die!

Renfield: I'm loyal to you, Master, I am your slave, I didn't betray you! Oh, no, don't! Don't kill me! Let me live, please! Punish me, torture me, but let me live! I can't die with all those lives on my conscience! All that blood on my hands!
[Dracula picks up Renfield with his bony hands and in a few seconds, Renfield dies]

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Facts about

A Spanish-language version, Drácula, was filmed at night on the same set at the same time, with Spanish-speaking actors.
Edward Van Sloan and Dwight Frye also appeared in the horror classic Frankenstein. They are the only 2 actors to have appeared in both films.
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).
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Released 1931
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