Dracula's Daughter (1936) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
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
Synopsis:Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, in hopes of freeing herself of a mysterious evil influence.
About Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Starring: Edward Van Sloan, Otto Kruger, Owen Gorin, Gloria Holden, Gordon Hart, Marguerite Churchill, Elsa Janssen, Gilbert Emery, Guy Kingsford, Irving Pichel, George Kirby, Halliwell Hobbes, Edna Lyall, Billy Bevan, Eily Malyon, Nan Grey, Paul Mitchell, Hedda Hopper, Clive Morgan, Claud Allister, Vesey O'Davoren, Edgar Norton, John Power, E.E. Clive, Hedwiga Reicher, Agnes Anderson, Christian Rub, John Blood, David Dunbar, Douglas Gordon
Runtime: 71 minutes
Director: Lambert Hillyer
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