Dracula (1931) Film Review
by Adam Huddleston
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted (the craziness of Fall as arrived) but this week I’d like to make a few comments regarding the 1931 film “Dracula”. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is going to be showing different classic horror movies throughout the month of October, and while my dream would be to watch all of them and review them, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be a possibility. However, I will blog about a few when I can.
I really enjoyed watching “Dracula” last night. Now, realize that it may not be quite as scary now as it was when it was released, but it still stands as a classic of horror. The performances by Bela Lugosi as the Count, Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing, and Dwight Frye as Renfield were engaging and the script was adequate.
In my opinion, the strongest part of the show was the staging. Every scene was dripping with dark, foreboding dreariness. The special effects, though outdated, were still clever enough to portray the on-screen horror of the world’s most famous vampire. Although it may be a little tame by today’s standards, I still recommend watching “Dracula” due to it being a classic of the genre.