October 1 – Dracula – Book Vs. Film -Which Medium Wins? (Thirty-One Days of Halloween)

I am comparing Bram Stoker’s epic novel to my favorite Dracula movie, which is Tod Browning’s 1931 Universal classic starring the great Bela Lugosi.  I saw Hammer Film’s Productions 1958 Dracula film starring Christopher Lee (it was good), sort of remembered enjoying the Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version of the infamous Count, and yes, I appreciated the great silent classic Nosferatu. In the end, it’s the Bela classic that does it for me!  However, the novel “does me more!”

The adventurous carriage ride through the Transylvania forests, the description of the breathtaking views of Dracula’s Castle even from far away. The imprisonment of one Jonathan Harker inside this castle. And of course, the initial account of the ancient and mysterious Count Dracula as he dwells in his domain; all this was captivating on a level that none of the films could reach.

Winner: BOOK

3 thoughts on “October 1 – Dracula – Book Vs. Film -Which Medium Wins? (Thirty-One Days of Halloween)

  1. Did you once describe the later sections of the book as losing focus into seemingly-superfluous details and plot points? I’m only familiar with Tod Browning’s film, a couple of Hammer films, and Count Chocula cereal…

    • yeah the last third of the novel is letters back and forth describing to each other a plan to bring down Drac. Boring stuff but the Drac Castle , first third great, the dying then dead then undead Lucy, second third, great

      • Can’t believe I forgot that I have seen, and enjoyed, the silent Nosferatu – – but the main takeaway from your post is that I should give LITERATURE a try.

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