Dracula is a 1931 American horror film, directed by Tod Browning and starring the Hungarian-born actor Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. It is based on a stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Baldeston, which was in turn based on the novel Dracula by the Irish author Bram Stoker.
In the film, the ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.
Plot[edit | edit source]
After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in Eastern Europe, the British lawyer Renfield enters Castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London.
After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire, Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina's health.
Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina's fiance, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Bela Lugosi - Count Dracula
- Helen Chandler - Mina Seward
- David Manners - Jonathan Harker
- Edward Van Sloan - Dr. Van Helsing
- Dwigyt Frye - Renfield
- Herbert Bunston - Dr. Seward
- Charles K. Gerrard - Martin (guard at Dr. Seward's asylum)
- Joan Standing - Maid at the Sewards' house