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- Laurie Brown
The first entry in all the Universal monster movies were gold with ensuing sequels being of varying quality. This one is interesting in that, even though it takes up it's story moments after the finale of Tod Browning's "Dracula", it has little to do with that film and can be considered a stand alone feature. As far as the sequels go, it's one of the better Universal horror movies. Gloria Holden is good in the titular role giving us a vampire that is both vulnerable and menacing, with motives beyond pure evil. There is a refreshing depth to her character that gives us something more than your run of the mill vampire. Some nice cinematography too, with plenty of deep blacks and dense shadows. I really liked this movie and have no problem recommending it with four stars.
- Oliver Cutshaw
Fine atmospheric grade B Universal horror film. What makes this film compelling is Gloria Holden's performance. For once the vampire is both mysterious, attractive, properly goth, and oddly an object of pity. But she plays it well she never is maudlin with self-pity or loses her attractive yet dangerous charm. After all is a vampire not a vamp. The famous "lesbian" seduction scene has been much commented on, and is stylishly done. Since she kills both men and women I think she is a vampire first, and her sexuality comes second.The rest of the cast is solid. Somewhat inventive plot and interesting script, but action is rushed. Well worth seeing by those like old classic horror films and the Universal collection. A piece of trivia is that Bela Lugosi was suppose to make some sort of appearance of Poppa Dracula but apparently that fell by the way side.
Not great, but good
- Dan Grissom
When I first saw this movie I was surprised that Bela Lugosi was not in film at all (except as a wax dummy) but with further viewings I realized his presence was not essential. The film has a 'golden age' appearance to it and it is in fact the last of the horror films that were produced when the study still belonged to the Laemales. Gloria Holden is an effective and believable vampire and Irving Pichel is creepy as her demented man-servant. We also get Edward Van Sloan returning as Professor Van Helsing (although for some reason his name is Von Helsing in this one). Three stars.
Fine entry in the Universal horror catalog...
Not an amazing film by any means but it is certainly very enjoyable (surprisingly so) given that Bela Lugosi is absent from this sequel. Very brave of Universal to make this sequel and not have it feature Bela or Dracula.Well worth seeking out for fans of classic horror.
Another Excellent Universal Dracula Movie
- Andrew Lind
This is an incredible sequel to the Bela Lugosi Dracula. A great watch not just at Halloween Time, but any time of the year.