Black & White
Will have your heart pumping!
Forty years prior to this, a novel by the same name was published and this is one of its adaptations. 1922’s Nosferatu was silent, more sinister and epic, while 1921’s Dracula’s Death was considered a lost film since its release and remains arguably unseen. Dracula is a dominant and quirky figure who takes everything from his victims, granted they spend enough time on his territory to become his.
Universal Studios artists gave the antagonist depth through an addiction to human blood; they wrote him hypnotic powers, charisma, and polarized strengths and weaknesses that make him colorful despite the terror he brings forth. This third cinematic rendition of the count is augmented by convincing matte painting and dedicated Gothic set design. The castle is at time sumptuous, at times eerie.
The remote maze is built to confine the audience in a dark viewing experience they won’t forget. Bela Lugosi gives a memorable performance that goes straight for goose bumps. His accent reminds us he is an immortal foreigner and therefore isn't socially compatible with the protagonists. He cannot be reasoned with and behaves like a psychopath or an animal with a link to the occult.