Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dracula's Daughter

1936 American Feature

Cast: Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan, Gilbert Emery, Irving Pichel, Nan Grey and Hedda Hopper
Director: Lambert Hillyer
Writer: Garrett Fort, based on characters created by Bram Stoker

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist in hopes of freeing herself from a mysterious evil influence.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 50% / Audience: 44%
  • OMG rating: 5 /10

  • DVD: Available


  • Universal Studios' first sequel to their classic 1931 version of Dracula; in fact, this film picks up the story moments after the original's final scene. Edward Van Sloan, as Professor Van Helsing, was the only original cast member to return for this film. 
  • James Whale, fresh off the success of Bride of Frankenstein, was originally assigned to direct.
  • Casting Call: Herbert Marshall, Cesar Romero and Jane Wyatt.
  • Dracula's Daughter was Gloria Holden's first starring role and she was reportedly extremely displeased at having been assigned it. Like many actors, Holden looked down on horror films, and she also feared being typecast as Bela Lugosi was following the original Dracula. Ironically, some have noted that it may have been Holden's disgust for the role that led to the quality of her performance. For example, critic Mark Clark stated "Her disdain for the part translates into a kind of self-loathing that perfectly suits her troubled character."

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