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: January 1, 1931
DVD 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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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The abundance of older features on Blu-rays and DVDs have helped give younger filmgoers an appreciation of classic movies. "They can learn so much more on how to pace and set a scene from Tod Browning over Michael Bay," Mankiweicz said.

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Variety Staff

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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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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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

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

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John Gholson

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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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
It knows how to create a very creepy atmosphere and benefits from a magnetic performance by Bela Lugosi, even though the movie didn't age so well (a… 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
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

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