Dracula's Death

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Dracula's Death
Drakula halála.jpg
Original poster
Directed byKároly Lajthay
Written byKároly Lajthay
Mihály Kertész
StarringErik Vanko
Lene Myl
Release date
August 1921 (Austria)
Running time
65 minutes
Hungarian intertitles

Dracula's Death, or Drakula halála, sometimes translated as The Death of Drakula, was a 1921 Hungarian silent horror film that was written and directed by Károly Lajthay.[1] It is presumed to be a lost film.[2]

The film marked the first screen appearance of the vampire Count Dracula, though recent scholarly research indicates that the film's plot did not follow the narrative of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.[3] There are no records in existence to prove whether the film was given a wide (or limited screening) release in the United States.[4] 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.[5][6]


The film was 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). She has trouble determining whether the inmate's visions are real or merely nightmares.[7][8]


A still from the film.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Heiss, Lokke. "Dracula Unearthed." Cinefantastique 30.7-8 (October 1998): 91.
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Drakula halála at silentera.com
  3. ^ Heiss, p. 92.
  4. ^ Lajthay, Károly; Goetz, Carl; Hatvani, Károly; Hegener, Anna Marie (1921-02-01), Drakula halála, retrieved 2016-12-09
  5. ^ Heiss, p. 92.
  6. ^ Gibson, Doug (2016-12-09). "Plan 9 Crunch: All About Cult Films: Drakula Halala -- the first filmed Dracula". Plan 9 Crunch. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  7. ^ Ermida, Isabel (2015). Dracula and the Gothic in Literature, Pop Culture and the Arts. Brill/Rodopi. p. 139 pp. ISBN 978-9004306172.
  8. ^ Scivally, Bruce (2015). Dracula FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Count from Transylvania. Backbeat Books. p. 8 pp. ISBN 978-1617136009.
  9. ^ "Lene Myl". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  10. ^ "Aladár Ihász". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  11. ^ "Lajos Réthey". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  12. ^ "Margit Lux". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-09.

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