Dracula's Death

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Dracula's Death
Directed by Károly Lajthay
Written by Károly Lajthay
Mihály Kertész
Starring Erik Vanko
Lene Myl
Release dates
August 1921 (Austria)
Country Hungary
Language Silent film
Hungarian intertitles

Dracula's Death — or Drakula halála, sometimes translated as The Death of Drakula — is a 1921 Hungarian horror movie, currently believed to be a lost film, that was written and directed by Károly Lajthay.[1]

The film is notable because it marks the first screen appearance of the vampire Count Dracula, though recent scholarly research indicates that the film's plot does not actually follow the narrative of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.[2] After originally opening in Vienna in 1921 and enjoying a long and successful European run, the film was later re-edited and re-released in Budapest in 1923.[3]

The film is about a woman who experiences frightening visions after visiting an insane asylum where one of the inmates claims to be Count Dracula (here following the Hungarian spelling Drakula), and she has trouble determining if the visions were real or if they were merely nightmares.

The most well-known surviving shot of the film which still exists today.


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  1. ^ Heiss, Lokke. "Dracula Unearthed." Cinefantastique 30.7-8 (October 1998): 91.
  2. ^ Heiss, p. 92.
  3. ^ Heiss, p. 92.

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