Let’s talk Dracula 1931, starring Bela Lugosi!
And let’s give a big welcome to Universal Monsters Universe latest team member, Rick Vaca. Rick Vaca is an accomplished videographer and photographer whose work can be found on his Youtube Channel- https://www.youtube.com/
channel/UCITCXksMYUO4uJGklm- Z65A. Previously working with UMU’s Steven on projects over at BuzzFeed, Alternative Mindz, and Social Mag LA, he can now be found talking about one of his biggest passions – Universal’s classic monsters of old and new! First on that list is Tod Browning’s Dracula.
It had to have been months ago. I bought a blu-ray with six of the Universal Classic Monsters, and usually rotate between each of the films. Dracula is by far, next to The Invisible Man, my favorite. The art, sets, wardrobe, dialogue, chemistry between the performers, and of course the cinematography strikes me as perfect in this film. They’re classics for a reason. Also, this film is incredibly sexy. Who would have thought!
Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing is a serious representation of what it takes to be a bad-ass. It’s like right off the bat Helsing suspects Dracula of vampin’ and does not hesitate to shut him down. Now picture a prequel to Van Helsing. (Not like 2004’s some what Dracula reboot, starring Hugh Jackman, Richard Roxburgh, and directed/written by Stephen Sommers.) But imagine if someone were actually portraying Edward Van Sloan’s version of Van Helsing; a film shot in black and white, living as a vampire hunter and traveling the world with his crucifix and mirror in hand. He’s seems like he could be 100 years old in 1931’s Dracula. He was actually 49 at the time of filming and, interestingly, 1931’s Dracula was his first screen role. Van Sloan previously appeared on stage, specifically the stage version of Bram Stoker’s novel and went on to appear in 1931’s Frankenstein and 1932’s The Mummy. Not all unlike David Manners in how he appeared in both Dracula and The Mummy. Van Helsing’s lived quite a life time, but merely nothing as grand as when compared to the Dark Prince! So who better to go one on one with Dr. Abraham Van Helsing than the blood sucker himself?