Dracula's Daughter (1936)

1936 Horror, Drama, Fantasy

User Score: 67/100


Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, in hopes of freeing herself of a mysterious evil influence.

This cut-rate sequel to Dracula, sans Bela Lugosi, turns out to be an unexpectedly sleek and stylish movie. Gloria Holden, tall, dark, and continental, is the aristocratic title character fighting her nature and seeking a cure for her affliction. A sympathetic psychiatrist, Dr.¬†Garth (Otto Kruger), encourages her to "face her fears," but when she lures a pretty young streetwalker to her room to model for a painting, the temptation of her fleshy offering proves too much to overcome. Edward Van Sloan reprises his role as Van Helsing, held by the police for the murder of Count Dracula (the film opens on the final scene from Dracula) but released in the nick of time to help Garth, now at the mercy of the bitter and vindictive vampire. Director Lambert Hillyer makes the most of his low budget, with austere, angular sets and an almost abstract sense of the foggy city night. Holden’s mysterious face and tall, willowy body make her an even more striking vampire than Lugosi, and Irving Pichel’s offbeat servant is like an American gangster with the breeding of a European aristocrat: thick and thuggish, but always proper. The script falls into the usual rut of Universal’s later horror films, losing the mood in the busy plot, but the smooth style and Holden’s dignified performance lift this above most Universal sequels. —Sean Axmaker

About Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Title: Dracula's Daughter
Year: 1936
Starring: Edward Van Sloan, Eric Wilton, Guy Kingsford, Silvia Vaughan, Gilbert Emery, George Kirby, Wilhelm von Brincken, Irving Pichel, Edna Lyall, Fred Walton, Halliwell Hobbes, Eily Malyon, Paul Weigel, Billy Bevan, Paul Mitchell, Douglas Wood, Nan Grey, Clive Morgan, Hedda Hopper, Vesey O'Davoren, Claud Allister, John Power, Edgar Norton, Hedwiga Reicher, E.E. Clive, Christian Rub, Agnes Anderson, William Schramm, John Blood, George Sorel
Director: Lambert Hillyer
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users. Votes: 6.
Genre: Horror, Drama, Fantasy

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