release year:1931 genre:early horror viewing setting:home DVD, 12/21/99 what I expected:no idea what I got:dated horror movie
synopsis:Count Dracula moves in next door and begins feeding.
impressions:Horror movies sure have changed. I have no doubt that this was cutting-edge and scary back in 1931, but nowadays, it doesn't compare. There was no violence to speak of - they didn't even show scenes where Dracula bit anyone. Also, he didn't have fangs and was affected by wolfsbane (!) Good points: since this was black and white, they didn't have the use of color; they compensated with lighting effects. Still, that's not enough to make a movie that can stand the test of time. The plot was hard to follow, often cutting to a new scene without really resolving the previous scene. Also, the Jonathan Harker of this movie was pretty dense - things had to be explained to him multiple times, and he just didn't realize what was afoot with Dracula and Mina.
acting:Decent. Bela Lugosi had a pretty intense stare, and good accented European voice. The guy who played Renfield had some goofy facial expressions.
final word:Classic in its day, outdated now.
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