Dracula is a horror film released in 1931, directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The movie is based on the 1897 novel of the same name by Bram Stoker.
The story begins with a young British solicitor named Renfield (Dwight Frye) traveling to Transylvania to meet with a nobleman, Count Dracula. Renfield is warned by the locals about the dangers of visiting the castle, but he persists and ultimately falls under Dracula’s spell.
Dracula then travels to London, where he begins preying on the city’s inhabitants, particularly women. He is eventually discovered by Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), who leads a group of people to hunt him down and stop his reign of terror.
The film is notable for its use of shadow and lighting to create a moody, atmospheric tone, as well as for Lugosi’s iconic performance as Dracula. Despite its age, the film remains a classic of the horror genre and has been cited as a major influence on subsequent vampire movies.
Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Bram Stoker, Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston
Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners