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Poster for Drácula (Spanish language version)

Drácula (Spanish language version)

Opens on October 15

Director: George Melford Run Time: 104 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1931 Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Starring: Barry Norton, Carlos Villarías, Eduardo Arozamena, Lupita Tovar, Pablo Álvarez Rubio

Screenwriters: Garrett Fort, Baltasar Fernández Cué

Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.

Back in 1931, after Bela Lugosi went home from a day of shooting his Dracula, Spanish stage actor Carlos Villarías would don the iconic cape as the sun went down and become “Conde Drácula.” Working with the same script and on the same sets, an entirely new cast and crew would film all through the night, producing a Spanish-language version of Bram Stoker’s tale of the undead that many argue is the sexier, more stylized and superior film.

The story remains the same — Renfield still goes mad, Dracula still preys upon London society, Van Helsing still shows up, stake in hand — but the differences in the cast and the filmmaking make this its own unique film. Once thought lost forever, the Spanish Dracula has been restored and preserved, allowing contemporary fans to see both versions and decide for themselves.

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