The legend of vampire Count Dracula begins here with this original 1931 Dracula film from Bela Lugosi.
Variety Staff A sublimated ghost story related with all surface seriousness and above all with a remarkably effective background of creepy atmosphere.
Dave Kehr The opening scenes, set in Dracula's castle, are magnificent -- grave, stately, and severe. But the film becomes unbearably static once the action moves to England.
Tom Milne Not by any means the masterpiece of fond memory or reputation, although the first twenty minutes are astonishingly fluid and brilliantly shot by Karl Freund.