October 17 2018

The Original Dracula is Important, But Oh So Boring

I recently had a chance to watch the 1931 version of Dracula. This film is considered one of the cornerstones of horror films, and kicked off 30 Universal Monster movies.

I have no idea how it kicked off anything.

Mind you, I understand I am sitting here in 2018 and watching a film from 1931, but I will argue I have seen some brilliant films from that time period. And this is just… awful. Slow, tedious, and just boring. Tension is built up by moving… very… slowyly… to… the… point… anyone… could… escape, or it happening completely off screen.

At the same time, there is some great cinematography going on, the sets are amazing, and some amazing early tricks are pulled such as the lighted eye focus to suggest hypnotization.

If you have an interest in the history of horror films, yes, you need to see this. But go in with measured expectations.

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