Dracula
Dracula (1931)

"I am....Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome." Thus does Bela Lugosi declare his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the first two reels,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bela Lugosi's timeless portrayal of Dracula in this creepy and atmospheric 1931 film has set the standard for major vampiric roles since.

TIME Magazine

An exciting melodrama, not as good as it ought to be but a cut above the ordinary trapdoor-and-winding-sheet type of mystery film.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Not by any means the masterpiece of fond memory or reputation, although the first twenty minutes are astonishingly fluid and brilliantly shot by Karl Freund.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Bela Lugosi gives his greatest performance as the mesmerizing menace from Transylvania. Dracula chilled audiences in the 1930's, and it still gives me goosebumps.

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Variety Staff
Variety

A sublimated ghost story related with all surface seriousness and above all with a remarkably effective background of creepy atmosphere.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

With Mr. Browning's imaginative direction and Mr. Lugosi's makeup and weird gestures, this picture succeeds to some extent in its grand guignol intentions.

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John Gholson
Cinematical

It's a case of lightning-in-a-bottle casting and there's no way of telling if anyone else as Dracula would've become the model for every single Dracula that followed.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The opening scenes, set in Dracula's castle, are magnificent -- grave, stately, and severe. But the film becomes unbearably static once the action moves to England.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Dracula deserves its status as a classic, although one might be tempted to append the word 'lesser' to that label.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

It remains the most subtly romantic and highly atmospheric rendition of Bram Stoker's tale about the Transylvanian count, with Browning orchestrating the opening scenes to macabre perfection.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This version of Dracula is the first widely released film of the tale since the German Nosferatu. It does not take directly from the novel, written by Bram… More
Tyler Robertson
1931 brings us the true definition of a vampire. Director Tod Browning presents another famous monster movie and introduces another classic monster, Dracula.… More
Alex roy
Dracula released in 1931 is probably the most famous version of Bram Stoker's classic work ever put on-screen. This is a brilliant piece of cinema in the… More
Zach Brehany
To look at this film with the eyes of someone who has grown up with horror films that had the advantage of hitting more nerves than a doctor, it is difficult to… More
KJ Proulx
Now this is what you call a classic! It's a film that you can watch over and over again, as long as you have patience, and become incredibly immersed in… More
Tim Salmons
As with Boris Karloff's role in Frankenstein, Dracula forever-defined Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula - something that brought him great fame and fortune yet… More

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