Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dracula's Daughter (1936) aka Daughter Of Dracula

4 / 5
Tagline: Look out, she'll get you!
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Written by: Bram Stoker, David O. Selznick
Actors include: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill
Genre: Horror
Length: 71 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

So once again I found myself captivated with an early Universal horror picture. To be truthful there isn't an awful lot of actual horror here, but it's a slow moving atmospheric delight. Gloria Holden as Dracula's Daughter is simply captivating and even scandalous! Her outfits are rather revealing, but the coolest part about her is the eerily calm way she behaves. Her assistant looks like a cross between Alfalfa and Benecio Del Toro...seriously, all that and he's hilarious! The story is that a beautiful young woman shows up to view Dracula's remains, and soon we learn that of course it was his daughter. She too has a thirst for blood but struggles with wanting to be free the entire time. The biggest downfall is that it's a bit talky, and towards the end the excitement dies down a little, but still I truly enjoyed this film. Definitely one to watch, once you've seen all the original Universal pictures first!

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