Dracula (Spanish Version) + "Universal Horror B-Sides" Video Mix

“Universal Horror B-Sides” Video Mix – 3:00pm
In our inaugural edition of Nightmare City, which features more films in a month’s time than any other single month in Cinefamily history(!), we were only able to squeeze in four calendar spots’ worth of juicy Universal Horror B-sides — but it seemed a shame for us to have learnt so much from surveying the entire “golden era” Universal Horror repertoire without being able to fully share the enormous scope of our discoveries. So, in classic Cinefamily fashion, we’re rectifying that with a custom hour-long video mix, featuring the most amazing stand-alone scenes from all the cool vintage Universal Horror movies we didn’t have time to show in their entirety, accompanied by insightful and colorful lecture-style notes from the Cinefamily programming staff!

Drácula (Spanish Version) – 4:15pm
Often considered “the superior Dracula” to Tod Browning’s canonical work with Bela Lugosi, 1931’s Spanish-language version (a common practice at the time, capitalizing on growing international audiences) was filmed at night using the same sets and costumes that were being used during the day to make the English-language version. Glimpsing the way the shadows curdle and bend from one sequence to the next, it’s clear why no other foreign-language film from that era has attained the legendary cult status of “Spanish Dracula”. Film buffs also laud the performances, especially that of star Carlos Villarías, widely regarded as more passionate, sensual, and intense than his Hungarian-born counterpart. The story goes that this film’s crew, working with a much smaller budget and crazier hours than Browning’s production, would watch the dailies from the English version, and plan more sophisticated, artful approaches to everything, from camera angles to line readings. One thing’s certain: Spanish Dracula vants to suck your blood — and luckily, fans of Universal Horror never let language barriers get in the way of such a juicy bite of celluloid.
Drácula Dir. George Melford, 1931, 35mm, 104 min.

Watch an excerpt from “Spanish Dracula”!