Tod Browning • USA 1931 • 1h14m • DCP • PG – Contains mild horror
Cast: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan.
Tod Browning's seminal film is bathed in an atmosphere of nightmare, dread and otherworldliness that is unlike anything else in American horror cinema. While subsequent 1930s horror films are undeniably better and certainly slicker, nothing else captures the strange funereal poetry of Dracula – and the equally otherworldly performance of its star, Bela Lugosi.
Karl Freund • USA 1932 • 1h13m • DCP • PG – Contains mild horror and violence
Cast: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron, Edward Van Sloan.
Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep (Boris Karloff) wreaks havoc upon the members of the British field exposition that disturbed his tomb. Jack Pierce's justly celebrated makeup skills offers us two Karloffs: the wizened Egyptologist and the flaking, rotting mummy, who, though only seen for a few seconds, remains in the memory long after the film's final image has faded.