Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dracula (1931)

Fear: 1
Gore: 0
Entertainment: 3
Creepiness: 3
Nightmares: 1

Some might think that older movies won't be accessable by younger viewers. I think that's hogwash, and if the kids can't appreciate this 1931 classic, in Bela Lugosi's own words "fuck those little bitches".

The set designs in this baby are amazing. I think that the money they saved from buying plastic spiders and bats all went into fake stone and cobwebs. The overall atmosphere blows the sphinctor off of the 90's remake, although I will say that Gary Oldman is slightly more interesing as a Dracula than Bela Lugosi. The close up shots of Lugosi staring at his victims are a bit campy, but there are some moments of real creepiness like the use of shadows to show the dead bodies impaled on the ships steering wheel as it arrives in London. And while not really creepy, the use of animals like opossums and armadillos in Dracula's castle are all but priceless. The real star of the show though is Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing with his shortly cropped white hair and his tough as nails face, this dude is enough to make any vampire pee a little bloodspot in their chonies.

If you have an hour and fifteen minutes to spare some night, curl up with your honey and make sure you stare at her as much as you can. Girls love that sort of thing.

the fucking beard

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