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Dracula (1931)



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Bela Lugosi's Dracula is a classic horror film, building a creepy and horrific atmosphere with expressionistic camerawork. Lugosi is, needless to say, wonderful in the role that made him famous -- there has yet to be a better Dracula in American film -- which is an accomplishment even more amazing considering he did not know English when he started work on it.

The film is excellent but is flawed by uneven editing and a languor that, while arguably appropriate for the material, seems to be more of a detriment than an asset. Some of Dracula's peers amongst the Universal pantheon of monster movies, such as Frankenstein and The Invisible Man, have aged better.

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