DRAKULA HALÁLA (1921) Overview

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Drakula halála is a 1921 Hungarian horror film written and directed by Károly Lajthay. Currently believed to be lost, the film is notable because it marks the first screen appearance of the vampire Count Dracula, though recent research indicates that the film’s plot does not follow the narrative of Bram Stoker’s novel. The title translates as ‘Dracula’s Death’ or ‘The Death of Drakula’.

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.

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Mary Land experiences frightening visions after visiting an asylum for the insane 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.

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