Monday, February 21, 2011
Though it was shot after hours on the same sets, the Spanish version of Dracula is similar but not identical to the 1931 Tod Browning film. Not merely a curio, it's a great film in its own right -- possibly a little better than the English version, if less culturally influential. Interesting to see how different actors interpret the well-known characters. If you thought Dwight Frye chewed the scenery as Renfield, wait till you get a load of Pablo Alvarez Rubio, who gulps down the entire Universal lot.