Dracula’s Daughter (1936) [review]

I cannot say this is as good as the original film, but there is a great feel to this, following on from the first film, which I by the look of this, is not long after Dracula finishes, with Professor Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) finishing off the job which we see him dealing with at the end of the previous film. Finding himself involved in a murder case which he cannot explain to those who refuse to accept the existence of vampires… where would we be if we didn’t have those none believers.

As the title sagest, this is the next generation when it comes to the Dracula family… we may wonder when he was supposed to have had this daughter and why she was not a part of the previous film, but I don’t think we’re meant to think or care that much about such details.

Countess Marya Zaleska (Dracula’s Daughter) (Gloria Holden) seems to be just as devious as her father, a father we only really care to notice early on in the film. We first meet the Countess wanting to free herself from the curse of her bloodline. Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger) is a man on a mission to help Helsing in the case of this murder and come to terms with the possibility of what they are dealing with.

This film having a little of that 1930s humour in the mix, leads it to having a lighter tone than the previous film, something which is a great, especially when it comes to certain characters, which is one of the elements that leads this film to partly feeling like a standalone story in the series. You do not feel lost if you have never seen the original 1931 film and this doesn’t need to remind you that there is something to know about the back story of any of the characters. But if you are like me, you will watch these films in order and probably in one viewing.

Like the original film, this is a short watch (I’m once again saying this about films such as this) at only an hour and eight minutes. This is enjoyable as it takes you on a journey with characters you care for, not matter how much time they spend on screen or how much we know about them. This deserves the attention of not only Dracula or vampires fans, but of film fans in general.


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