The next film in our vampire sub-season is the first talkie: 1931’s DRACULA. We do some reviewing, some not-always-favourable comparison with NOSFERATU, and then talk about late-Victorian culture, temporal distance, and the fact that there are two very different sorts of vampire film.
Our next film is another Bela Lugosi vehicle, from later in his career: THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (1943).
GHOSTS (2019): Tom Kingsley, Lolly Adefope, Matthew Baynton
VERONICA MARS (2004–06): Rob Thomas, Kristin Bell, Percy Daggs III
FREAKS (1932): Tod Browning, Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams
WHITE ZOMBIE (1932): Victor Halperin, Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy
THE MUMMY (1932): Karl Freund, Boris Karloff, Zita Johann
Firstly, here’s a reminder of the 1897 source material for both this week’s film and last week’s: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Dracula. After our discussion of some of the brilliant camerawork in this film, here’s some more on this: www.tasteofcinema.com/ 2015/30-movies-with-the-most- brilliant-camera-work and www. slideshare.net/joebsmedia/ camerawork-and-cinematography- in-thriller-movies. For more on Jack the Ripper, there’s so much to read out there; this www.historic-uk.com/ HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/ Jack-the-Ripper and this www.bbc.co.uk/history/ historic_figures/ripper_jack_ the.shtml are good places to start. Finally, this is a pre-Code film; for more on what this means, as we’ve mentioned before, see here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Pre-Code_Hollywood.