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Dracula (1931)

Today Google has been marking the birthdate of Author Bram Stoker, so I thought I would watch the 1931 version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. It features an English clerk, named Renfield,who after a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe, arrives at Count Dracula’s castle in the Carpathian Mountains At midnight on Walpurgis Night, to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey to Count Dracula. However there is more to the eerily hypnotic count than Renfield suspects and he soon gains a strange hold over Renfield, who upon his return, is diagnosed as having gone mad

After a rough sea voyage to London aboard the Demiter, during which all of the crew mysteriously vanishes. The Count arrives safely and moves into his new residence at Carfax Abbey. Soon after this, an alarming number of people start mysteriously Dying in the area including a young woman named Lucy Weston who becomes an undead vampire. Dracula then turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina’s health.

After finding strange marks on Mina’s neck, Van Helsing, starts to suspect that Count Dracula may indeed be a vampire and sets out to prove it whilst trying to prepare Mina’s fiance, Jonathan Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead should Count Dracula actually be a vampire.

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