DRACULA (1931)


Arguably one of the most defining films in the Universal horror cannon is Dracula. Actually, come to think of it, Dracula is one of the most definitive horror films, if not characters, in cinematic history. This article is a part of an ongoing Summer series reviewing classic and forgotten horror films of the 30’s and 40’s. The last article was dedicated to Lon Cheney’s portrayal of the masked hunk, aka the Phantom of the Opera. Tod Browning’s 1931 adaptation of the 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker is…

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The Phantom of the Opera

The 1925 silent film Phantom of the Opera stands as an important film in the horror genre despite it not really being close to the first horror film created. Several instances of what would be horror in film were already made by this point in history, including George Melies Le Manoir du diable in 1896, F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu in 1922, and Japanese experimental films like Shinin no Sosei. Phantom of the Opera, despite not being near the genesis of horror film, still stands as one of the most iconic…

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