Count Dracula Movie with Bela Lugosi (1931)

A warm welcome to guest blogger, Susan, who writes online as BuckHawk. Susan has graciously agreed to write a post for us about Bela Lugosi's Dracula, a man with whom many of us are intrigued. Susan writes:

Although not the technologically advanced horror film of today, Universal Studios’ 1931 Dracula still leaves me with chills.

The infamous Count, played by Bela Lugosi, travels to London and preys on his neighbor’s young daughter, Mina, played by a very young Helen Chandler. Directed by Tod Browning, Dracula is the movie version of the 1929 Broadway play, adapted from Bram Stroker’s novel. With only black and white filming available to him, Browning uses lighting, shadows and pointed close-ups to achieve one of Hollywood’s most classic horror films.

Even with Browning’s direction and Bram Stoker’s story, it is Bela Lugosi who brings the title character to life, or should I say death? Hungarian Lugosi made chilling use of his accent. He lowered his voice, maintained rich tones, and slowed his speech to achieve the masterful and threatening Count Dracula. Lugosi immersed himself in his character and developed his own costume and makeup for the part. To this day, his portrayal is considered the quintessential Dracula.

Thanks, Susan, I am not sure that I have ever seen Bela Lugosi's 1931 Dracula movie but now I am definitely curious.  It sounds like Lugosi was instrumental in the development of Dracula as we 'know' him today.

For my blu-ray movie fans, I went looking to see if Bela Lugosi's Dracula is available on blu-ray and it, unfortunately, is NOT.  To see which versions of Dracula are available on blu-ray, you can click right here.

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