Sunday, March 19, 2017

Movie Review: DRACULA (1931)

Dracula is a story about a supernatural, near immortal being that sets a course for England and lays his eyes on a woman named Mina. The film is directed by Tod Browning, staring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula, and Helen Chandler as Mina.

When watching older films there are some that really surprise me. Even amongst their old technology and techniques, the films still end up being very timeless. This is not one of those films. There are moments in this film that were good but overall I thought this film was awkward and just didn’t have me emotionally invested in anyway.

Dracula is classified under the genres of horror and fantasy, and trust me when I tell you that the blocking and movements of the characters were so awkward at times that I would found many of the situations to be more in line with a comedy. When Dracula or any vampire would go in for a bite they’d slowly pull up to the person as if about to kiss them. It would be awkward to watch and even cringe worthy at times. A lot of the whole movie was filled with these kind of awkward moments. To top it all off, they all cut off any moments where the audience might actually be horrified. Furthermore some abilities showcased from Dracula felt like how two kids would act if they were playing outside.

I’m glad I’ve seen some great films from this era because if this was the first film from this age I’d seen I might not watch more. After watching Bride of Frankenstein recently, which was great, this just felt that much worse. The editing in this film wasn’t fluid at all, really stretching scenes out as long as possible, causing me to check the time quite often.

However there are a few things that I really liked, first the production was really great, the performances were sometimes great sometimes decent, and the effects that this film had looked really great for the year this film was released in. That’s really all I got for positives. There was no score that could elevate some of the more awkward moments.

Khizer's Score: 5/10

Make sure to check us out and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all of our reviews, news, trailers, and much, much more!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment