Fans of the vintage Universal horror features are in for a treat, as one of the most celebrated horror films returns to the big screen.
The return of “Dracula” (1931)
Universal Pictures, in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies and NCM Fathom Events, have announced that the 1931 film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel will return to select theaters from coast-to-coast, on Oct. 25 and Oct. 28.
The film will have a pre-recorded introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
In addition to the iconic 1931 film with Bela Lugosi in the title role, audiences will be in for another treat as well.
“Drácula” (1931): the Spanish-language version
After the screening of the Tod Browning version of “Dracula,” audiences will have the chance to see the Spanish-language version of the film, with actor Carlos Villarías in the title role of the vampire.
Long before the advent of dubbing and automatic dialogue replacement (or ADR), major studios would film foreign-language versions of motion pictures in the evening, with different cast and crew members. This usually occurred when production wrapped up on the English-language version.
George Melford directed the Spanish-language version.
“My town’s theater isn’t showing the 1931 version of ‘Dracula.’ Is there another option?”
Even though the “Dracula” double feature revival screening will only be shown in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast, there’s one chance to see it before it returns to the big screen.
“Svengoolie” to the rescue (direct from Berwyn)!
If your local station or cable provider carries Me-TV, iconic horror host Svengoolie (portrayed by Rich Koz) will present the 1931 Tod Browning version of “Dracula,” as part of his weekly showcase of classic Universal horror films.
The film will be shown on Me-TV this upcoming Saturday evening, Oct. 24 at 10:00 p.m. eastern/9:00 p.m. central (check local listings).
This will occur on the eve of the revival screening.
Why you should see “Dracula” (1931)
Whether you watch it during the limited revival screening, on “Svengoolie,” on DVD and Blu-Ray disc, or through some streaming platform, the 1931 Tod Browning version of “Dracula” still holds up as one of the definitive classic horror films of all time.
Though the film may seem tame by today’s standards, Browning’s direction, Karl Freund’s cinematography and Lugosi’s stirring performance will give you chills.
Dracula (1931) Double Feature Revival Screening (presented by Universal Pictures, Turner Classic Movies and NCM Fathom Events)
In select cinemas nationwide, Sunday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 28
Times: 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Participating theaters in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region that will be showing the “Dracula” double feature:
Cinemark Egyptian 24 (Arundel Mills Mall)
7000 Arundel Mills Circle, C-1
Hanover, MD 21076
111 East Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21286
20000 Century Blvd.,
Germantown, MD 20874
701 Seventh St. NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Complete list of nationwide cinema venues that will screen the “Dracula” double feature (via Fathom Events)
Svengoolie Presents: “Dracula” (1931)
Saturday evening, Oct. 24 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. central
In the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area: WJLA 7.2 (over-the-air)/Comcast 204
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2 (over-the-air)/Comcast 208 (“Svengoolie” may be tape-delayed due to TV-11’s 10:00 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
Official Universal Studios DVD/Blu-Ray site for “Dracula” (1931, the Spanish-language version is also included with the Browning version, also available on-demand)
Official NCM Fathom Events trailer (for the revival screening)
Questions about “Dracula” or any of the other vintage Universal Studios “monster” films? Disappointed that “Dracula” (1931) will not be shown in the Frederick area? Drop a line at the comments section!