A very concentrated dose of Spooky. Passionately spooky, even. Would make a great Halloween night movie.
There's something to be said for the quietness of this movie, a side effect of early talkies. The Dracula story has been adapted so many times that for any new adaption I watch its really all about those in-between moments. Here they're silent as the grave and brimming with a sort of eerie ritualism.
Dracula truly feels out of time, deeply unknowable and with his own agenda. Something primordial dressed in aristocrat's clothing. Every frame threatens to be subsumed by darkness, the ancient darkness from which vampires sprung. Get your crucifix and wolfsbane ready!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have the most horribly mixed feelings about this movie. Its a puzzle made of pieces that don't fit. The first part of this is just too bleak, too dark, the grief is too palpable and it almost seems to revel in it. At least, it feels like there's no escape and anything the camera wants you to see it will show you. I genuinely felt like I was at a funeral for my own loved one.
It was something…