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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dracula's Daughter (1936)

After the death her father, Count Dracula's daughter (Gloria Holden) hopes that his death has released her from the curse of vampirism. But she finds that it hasn't and she still craves the blood of humans. So she contacts a psychiatrist (Otto Kruger) in the longing that he can "cure" her. The first of Universal's several Dracula sequels, the movie has garnered a cult following for several reasons, one of which is the lesbian undertones of the film (it was featured in THE CELLULOID CLOSET). But as horror cinema, it's rather anemic and sluggishly paced. Directed by Lambert Hillyer, the movie is rich in atmosphere and Holden in the title role bring an interesting angst to her character. But we're stuck with the dull as dishwater Kruger for a leading man and it doesn't help that the psychiatrist he plays is fairly incompetent. The highlight of the film is the seduction of Nan Grey (in the film's most natural performance) by Holden which conjures a genuine sense of fear. With Marguerite Churchill, Irving Pichel, Hedda Hopper, Edward Van Sloan and Eily Malyon. 

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