She gives you that weird feeling!


Dracula's Daughter
1936 | PG | 1 Hr 11 Min. | Horror | Universal

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Writers: Garrett Fort

Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill

Professor Von Helsing has done the world a favor by driving a stake through the heart of Count Dracula and thus destroying him. For his trouble, Scotland Yard charges him with murder. Dr. Jeffrey Garth, a psychiatrist, may be able to act as an attorney and defend him in court. But Garth finds he has his own troubles when the Countess Marya Zaleska seeks his help. She wants to be released from her desire to drink the blood of the living. She steals the corpse of her father, Count Dracula, and burns it ritually; but she still wants blood. She'll do anything to free herself of this curse, including kidnapping the baron's daughter who is Dr. Garth's assistant and thwarting the hopes of her sinister manservant, Sandor.




Though forgotten by many, Bela Lugosi's Dracula had a sequel of that took place immediately after the events of Dracula, it was not only quite romantic but romantically progressive in that it used vampirism as a conceit to explore homosexuality in the 30s. "Dracula's Daughter" contains a scene which was deemed rather suggestive for the times. When the homeless young lady is invited back to the rooms of the undead Countess, there is a hint of *Gasp*lesbianism. Sadly in the '30s, lesbian undertones were used to increase the repulsive experienced by the audience.

Watch 'Dracula's Daughter' at 8PM | 7C, Saturday, January 19, on MeTV.  I promise you this one is really good.


Comments

  1. Vampires have always been a symbol of repressed or forbidden sexuality, whether repressed Victorian heterosexuality or forbidden homosexuality. It's why they remain popular, I think.

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