1931 **** 104 mins.
In case you don't know the story behind the making of this film, I'll spin it for you quickly. This film was made simultaneously with the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi and directed by Tod Browning. The Browning Dracula was shot during the day, and this film was shot at night, utilizing the same sets and the same screenplay. This film, though, was made with a Spanish cast; therefore, it's in Spanish with English subtitles. The pacing of it is much better and it's much more polished than the Browning film. However, like I said, it uses the same screenplay as the Tod Browning film, only translated into Spanish. So, any story issues the Browning film had, this one has as well. As for Carlos Villarias, who plays the Count, he's just as memorable as Lugosi in the role.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.20:1
Based ont he Novel by
And on the Play by
Hamilton Deane and John Balderston
Adapted in Spanish by
B. Fern Andezcue