This is the first screen version of Bram Stoker's famous tale based on the smash hit stage production. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) arrives in London and immediately works to enrapture and transform into vampires young Lucy Weston (Frances Dade) and her friend Mina Seward (Helen Chandler). After he succeeds in turning Lucy, and Mina's health suddenly deteriorates, Mina's father (Herbert Bunston), calls in a specialist, Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan). Van Helsing quickly recognizes Dracula's vampirism, and sets about saving Mina (and in the process, becomes Dracula's archenemy). The film, arguably the most influential of the legend's film versions, launched Lugosi's career in horror movies and forever invited vampires across Hollywood's threshold, spawning many sequels and variations.
Audio Commentary, Trailer, Featurette - 1. THE ROAD TO DRACULA, Stills Gallery
Release Date: 14 October 2002
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 71 minutes
Production Year: 1931
Main Language: English
The first vampire movie with sound
Considered frightening at the time and the reputation remains. However eighty years later the primitive sound and wooden acting mean it's for Lugosi fans only.