“Besta Lugosi”

First up, 1931’s Dracula (B & W, 75 minutes, digital print) the legendary film that started the Universal horror cycle and made Bela Lugosi (repeating his stage role) an international star. Tod Browning directs a cast that includes David Manners, Helen Chandler, Edward Van Sloan, and the unforgettable Dwight Frye. “Classic horror film of Transylvanian vampire working his evil spell on a perplexed group of Londoners. Lugosi’s most famous role with his definitive interpretation of the count.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide

The second feature, Son of Frankenstein (1939, 99 minutes, digital print), includes Lugosi in what may very well be his best film performance, the broken-neck shepherd Ygor. Dr. Frankenstein’s son (Basil Rathbone) arrives to claim his late father’s estate, only to discover the doctor’s monster (Boris Karloff) still lives! Rowland V. Lee directs the movie that is our candidate for the most entertaining in the Universal Frankenstein series. Others in the cast include Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, and Edgar Norton. “Works as a healthy reminder of how superb horror can be, balancing tragedy and humor and making me yearn for a return to using strong actors and plot to give the genre the respect it really deserves.” –Den of Geek.

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