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My all time favourite vampire movie,
This review is from: Dracula's Daughter [DVD] (DVD)
DRACULA'S DAUGHTER 1936 Universal Studios Region 2 DVD
Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan.
This was the first sequel in the Universal Pictures `Dracula' franchise. I first saw these movies in the late 1950's, I was about fifteen and a school friend invited me to stay at his father's house for a couple of weeks during the summer holidays. His father was a keen film collector and had a small movie theatre in his cellar and we spent a rainy week watching his collection of vintage horror films; an illicit thrill as most of the movies were X-Rated (Over 18 in cinemas) in those days. It was that week which started my interest in collecting films and for the past fifty odd years books and films have been a large part of my life and pocket money budget.
This was from the start and still is one of my very favourite vintage horror films and in my opinion is equal to or perhaps even better than the 1931 Bela Lugosi DRACULA. The beautiful and elegant Gloria Holden plays the character of Countess Marya Zaleska, the `daughter' of Count Dracula and despite the five year gap in filming the movie carries straight on where the 1931 DRACULA ends.
In my opinion, Holden's Countess Zaleska is probably the best female vampire character, who wants only to cast off the mantle of evil and destruction that she has inherited from Dracula and find a way to become human again. Her performance is classy and at times powerful but always sensual and is probably one of the few horror film characters of the day to be almost universally audience sympathetic the first tragic anti-heroine of the genre.
Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and now I am going through a same process of upgrading everything to DVD. This also gives me the excuse to revisit films which I have not seen for some time. Either you love these vintage movies or you hate them; the film is a classic Universal horror movie and well worth having in your collection, I bought both the Region 1 double feature disc and the individual Region 2 issue both are clear, good definition transfers.