DRACULA

Director Tod Browning
Year 1931
Starring Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners
Run Time 75min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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1931 brought us not the origins of the Universal Monsters but its wide success, both financially and in terms of popularity in mainstream consciousness (even at the height of with the Great Depression) raising from the grave a new era and new genre in American cinema. This is the year that brought us both James Whale's FRANKENSTEIN starring Boris Karloff and Tod Browning's DRACULA, a film made famous by Béla Lugosi's portrayl. Lugosi struck fear into the hearts of movie goers everywhere as Count Dracula in the big screen adaptation of the 1924 stage play and Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name. Rumors flew that Lon Chaney - the original Universal Monster and star of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - was the original actor considered for the role and it wasn't until his death that Lugosi was considered because of his rave reviews in the role on Broadway. True or not, Lugosi made the role his.

"Lugosi's Dracula was unlike any previous portrayals of the role. Handsome, mysterious and alluring, Lugosi's Dracula was at once so sexy and so haunting that audiences gasped when he first opened his mouth to speak. After a half-year run on Broadway, Dracula toured the United States to much fanfare and critical acclaim throughout 1928 and 1929."

There have been many portrayls of Dracula since and even a few before, but none as iconic as Bela Lugosi's.

DRACULA is part of a month-long UNIVERSAL MONSTER Matinee Sunday Series, also including CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE WOLFMAN and FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN! Attend them all for a chance to win the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray set!

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