Horror Scenes That I Love: Bela Lugosi Introduces Himself In Dracula

I swear, nothing annoys me more than when wannabe hipsters go out of their way to trash old movies.

You see that a lot on twitter.  People who, for the most part, haven’t even studied film or cultural history will try to post something snarky about a film that was made decades before they were born.  They either make fun of the acting or the dialogue or they attempt to call out the film for not being properly woke.  It’s an easy way to get likes and retweets but it’s also about as intellectually lazy as you can get.

For instance, there’s a tendency to dismiss the 1931 version of Dracula and Bela Lugosi’s performance in the lead role.  Personally, I do think that Dracula is a bit too stagey (it was, after all, based on a stage play that was based on Bram Stoker’s novel) and I wouldn’t put it up there with director Tod Browning’s best work.  The Spanish-language version of Dracula, which was filmed at the same time, is technically a better film.  But, that being said, I will accept no criticism of Lugosi’s performance.  Lugosi is the perfect Dracula.  If he seems overly theatrical …. well, Dracula’s a pretty theatrical character.  It has to be remembered that Lugosi is playing a character who is supposed to be several hundred years old.  If he acts like a man out-of-time, that’s because that is exactly what he is.

Ultimately, it comes down to this — a lot of actors have played Dracula.  Some of them have been very good in the role.  Some of them have been very bad.  But, if not for Lugosi, none of them would have had the opportunity.

So, in honor of that legacy, today’s horror scene that I love comes from the original Dracula and features Bela Lugosi at his creepiest:


3 responses to “Horror Scenes That I Love: Bela Lugosi Introduces Himself In Dracula

  1. For my 70th birthday last year, I treated myself to the Universal Monster Essential Collection in blu-ray. Just last month I finally got around to watching Dracula. They did a marvelous job of restoration on the film and I very much enjoyed it. The castle sets are incredible and Lugosi is a wonderful Dracula. What struck me though was how unerotic it was; particularly as it was pre-code. The Spanish one was the Browning version beat there with its’ sexy senoritas. The actor playing Dracula though, I found comical and could not take the film seriously.

    I agree with you completely on these ignorant folks who trash old movies luxuriating in their ignorance of old films and mocking what they do not understand and can not appreciate.

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  2. I agree with Mr. McClure, I’m only 32, but I was weened on the classics by my father throughout my childhood and honestly, after 2011 most of the films today plain suck. My plan is to show my goddaughter all the classics in my collection, so at least fans will still be around.

    This scene is so iconic and set in motion the grand entrance for popular characters for years to come. Lugosi is an underrated talent in my opinion and it’s a shame his dependence on certain drugs and spirits prevented him from going farther.


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