Ah yes, Dracula, probably the most recognized vampire on the face of the planet. Originally a novel by Bram Stoker, it became immeasurably popular and Count Dracula has been featured in countless advertisements, movies, videogames, and the list goes on and on. In my opinion, the closest that Hollywood came to presenting Dracula in a proper way was in the 1931 movie produced by Universal studios and starred the legendary Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula.
The movie begins with Renfield (Dwight Frye) visiting Transylvania in order to conduct business with Count Dracula(Bela Lugosi). Despite being warned by the innkeepers that Dracula’s castle is believed to be inhabited by vampires, he ignores them and continues his journey. After having dinner, Renfield faints after being hypnotized by the count and somehow becomes a lunatic and a loyal servant to Dracula. The following morning, Dracula and Renfield board a ship en route to England. The ship arrives with all the crew dead and only Dracula and Renfield alive. With Carfax Abbey now leased to him, Dracula now prepares to release his reign of terror in London.
This movie is just sensational, it is one of the earliest sound horror movies, and it’s got all the right elements of a proper horror flick like: fog, bats, vampires(scary vampires, unlike the ones we see nowadays), and a lot of suspense. Of course, Bela Lugosi did a FANTASTIC job as Count Dracula, it was he who created the popular image of Dracula regarding the accent and method in which he speaks in and the way he dresses, and his portrayal of Dracula was the best ever in my opinion. Dwight Frye did an amazing job as Renfield and to this day, his laugh haunts me. I was actually going to give this movie another beer because it lacked music, but then I realized that this lack of music just puts the icing on the cake, because it adds to the suspense and makes you feel that you are in a horrible nightmare that you can’t get out of. Out of all the movies in the Universal classic horror collection, I would pick Dracula as my personal favorite. The production is great and the actors did a great job, especially Bela Lugosi. This movie isn’t scary nowadays, but think back then, it was a nightmare for the audience. I heard that people actually fainted in the theater while watching this movie.
I really recommend this movie, because it’s one of those movies that you must watch, even if you are not that much of a movie buff, because I’m sure that it would entertain any audience.
Take a Drink: every time Renfield laughs (his laugh will haunt you).
Take a Drink: every time Dracula murders someone.
Do a Shot: every time Count Dracula stares into your soul. (same as the picture below)