Vampire Legends: Bela Lugosi and Carlos Villarias (Countdown to Halloween)


When Dracula was released in 1931, Variety wrote, “It is difficult to think of anybody who could quite match the performance in the vampire part of Bela Lugosi, even to the faint flavor of foreign speech that fits so neatly.” Lugosi’s performance has been the standard by which all other vampiric actors have been judged.

Carlos Villarias

Tod Browning’s Dracula was filmed during the day; at night, the costumes and sets were being used to film a Spanish-language version of the film with Carlos Villarias in the role of Conde Dracula. This version was long though to be lost, but in the 1970s it was discovered and restored, and is often included as a bonus feature on releases of the English-language version.

A third, silent, version of Dracula was released in 1931 to theaters that had not yet been wired for sound.

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