Saturday, October 24, 2015

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 24

In 1930, while Universal and director Tod Browning were filming the classic Bela Lugosi Dracula, another cast and crew were using the same sets, at night, to film a Spanish version of the same script. Since its rediscovery in the 1970s, (it was once thought to be a lost film), some have argued that it's actually the superior version of the movie.

I've always found the 1931 Dracula to be a bit of a snooze--it's based on a slow play, and the movie doesn't do much to speed things up--but it's still worth watching for Bela Lugosi's performance. So I kind of agree with one of the commentators in the above clip. Too bad Lugosi didn't get to star in director George Melford's Spanish version as well, because Carlos Villarias is no Lugosi.

You can watch it at 10PM on KOFYDT2 channel 196 in the Bay Area, or, if you REALLY want to experience both movies the way they should be, TCM is presenting them in theaters tomorrow, around the country. Tickets and showtimes can be found here.

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