Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 7/10

Weird lesbian undertones that are unusual for the time

Not enough energy, no Bela Lugosi

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: Dracula’s Daughter

Studio: Universal Studios

Genre(s): Horror/B-Movies

Release Date(s): May 11, 1936

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

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Don’t hate me because I suck blood

Dracula is dead…killed by Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan). When a mysterious woman named Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden) steals and destroys his body, the daughter of Dracula learns that she is still cursed to walk the Earth as a vampire. Countess Zaleska seeks help from Doctor Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger) and will stop at nothing to keep him with her eternally…even if she has to kill his girlfriend Janet (Marguerite Churchill).

Dracula’s Daughter was created as a sequel to Universal’s hit Dracula (1931) and takes place immediately after the end of Dracula with Edward Van Sloan resuming his role as Van Helsing. The studio owned the rights to Bram Stoker’s story “Dracula’s Guest” and used it as the source material…but nothing really relates to it.

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Staring contest!

The movie just doesn’t have the feel that Dracula has and Gloria Holden isn’t able to command the scenes like Bela Lugosi did. The movie kind of plods and attempts to make the Countess into a victim. This falls flat when she kidnaps Janet in an attempt to blackmail Garth into being with her…it is hard to see her sympathetically. It also doesn’t help that her helper Sandor (Irving Pichel) doesn’t have the same maniacal feel that Dwight Frye brought to Dracula’s Renfield.

Dracula’s Daughter is most remembered by historians and fans for its lesbian undertones. There are some very suggestive scenes between the Countess and her female victims and there is a very long suggested kiss between the Countess and Alice when she is unconscious and going in for the kill…fortunately it was interrupted and never occurred to prevent young minds from being corrupted. The marketers in London even tried to prey on this fear by using the tagline “Save the women of London from Dracula’s daughter”.

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I saw this good movie about women in prison…interested?

Dracula’s Daughter isn’t a bad film, but it also doesn’t rise to the level of the original. It is one of those movies that you can see, forget, and then see it again and remember you didn’t hate it. It almost works and teeters on the brink of being a good film but I feel it just never crosses that peak. Dracula’s Daughter is a fun addition to the mythos but not worth seeking out.

Related Links:

Dracula (1931)

Son of Dracula (1943)

House of Dracula (1945)

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