The dashing, mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), after hypnotizing a British soldier, Renfield (Dwight Frye), into his mindless slave, travels to London and takes up residence in an old castle. Soon Dracula begins to wreak havoc, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires. When he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor, vampire-hunter Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) is enlisted to put a stop to the count’s never-ending bloodlust.
“Certainly it is Lugosi’s performance, and the cinematography of Karl Freund, that make Tod Browning’s film such an influential Hollywood picture.” – Roger Ebert, ROGEREBERT.COM
“Bela Lugosi gives his greatest performance as the mesmerizing menace from Transylvania. Dracula chilled audiences in the 1930’s, and it still gives me goosebumps.” – Paul Chambers, MOVIE CHAMBERS
“It’s a case of lightning-in-a-bottle casting and there’s no way of telling if anyone else as Dracula would’ve become the model for every single Dracula that followed.” – John Gholson, CINEMATICAL