Dracula’s Daughter (1936) is an American vampire fantasy horror movie that is based on Bram Stoker’s short story titled "Dracula’s Guest" and is a sequel to the Dracula (1931). Director Lambert Hillyer (The Cisco Kid (1950), The Invisible Ray (1936), Batman (1943)) did an astonishing job filming this movie in Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA. The cover image did the movie justice as he portrayed what happened in the film in its eeriness way.
Dracula’s Daughter takes place not so long after Dracula (1931) ends. Professor Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan - Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932)) had not too long ago killed Count Dracula. Police officers take Helsing to Scotland Yard to question him about murdering Count Dracula, but he explains that he has been dead for over 500 years so his act cannot be considered murder. Helsing gained the help of one of his prior student, Dr. Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger - High Noon (1952), Saboteur (1942), Murder, My Sweet (1944)) who is a psychiatrist. Count Dracula’s daughter, Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden - The Life of Emile Zola (1937), The Man Without a Country (1937), Don’t Talk (1942)) does not like what she is. Marya and her manservant, Sandor (Irving Pichel - The Most Dangerous Game (1932), Martin Luther (1953), Destination Moon (1950), She (1935)) steals Dracula’s body. They burn his body in the hope that it will free Marya from the curse of being a vampire and turning her into a human that she so desperately wants to be.
After a few events, Marya gains hope once again of overcoming her thirst for blood with the help of Jeffrey Garth and his science. Jeffrey later finds out the truth about Marya’s condition, and Marya loses hope of finding a cure, so she kidnaps Jeffrey’s girlfriend Janet (Marguerite Churchill) to lure Jeffrey to where she is. Marya’s new mission is to make Jeffrey into her companion by making him a vampire. Will Marya succeed in her mission? The movie overall was a fantastic watch although it was dated to what I am used to seeing in the present day. The special effects, sets, actors and cinematography were all good but not excellent. I do however love the screenplay and gave the movie a six because it was a spectacular treat from the 1930s. Fans have to watch the film with an open mind to love it for what it is because it is from a different time and era.
About Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Starring: Edward Van Sloan, Eric Wilton, Agnes Anderson, Christian Rub, John Blood, William Schramm, David Dunbar, George Sorel, Douglas Gordon, Pietro Sosso, Otto Kruger, Owen Gorin, Bert Sprotte, Gloria Holden, Gordon Hart, Vernon Steele, Marguerite Churchill, Elsa Janssen, Joseph R. Tozer, Gilbert Emery, Guy Kingsford, Silvia Vaughan, Irving Pichel, George Kirby, Wilhelm von Brincken, Halliwell Hobbes, Edna Lyall, Fred Walton, Billy Bevan, Eily Malyon
Director: Lambert Hillyer
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