Length: 75 minutes
Director: Tod Browning
Writer: Garrett Fort, based on the play, by Hamilton Deane & John L. Balderston, based on the book by Bram Stoker
Starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan
Music: non-original music
Synopsis: a vampire moves to London
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Story: Good. Some of the changes they make from the book don’t really make sense. For instance [spoiler!:], Dracula knows that his enemies know how to kill him, but does almost nothing to prevent it.
Characters: Good. Renfield and the Count are great, but the good guys are pretty lame (although not nearly as lame as they become when played by Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder).
Pacing: Good. It’s never boring, but there’s a lot of strange editing.
Special effects/design: Good. Great except for the bats-on-strings.
Music: Terrible. There’s no incidental music, at all. If it had a score, I might have loved it. Instead, all of the movie’s potentially suspenseful bits are ruined by awkward silence and play as funny.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It’s a reluctant 7. I expected it to be of similar quality to Frankanstein, and was very disappointed. My wife, on the other hand, who expected it to be crap, was pleased. In either case, it’s a reasonably entertaining 75 minutes.
Objective Rating: 2.7/4 (Good).