The Spanish-language Dracula was filmed on the same sets and at the same time as the English-language version indeed, the Lugosi version was shot during the daytime and this version by night. The script was simply the English language version translated into Spanish. A detailed study by those conversant with both languages shows that the Spanish-language version, which runs 29 minutes longer, has taken time to expand on the dialogue at several points although, while some scenes run longer, this version does not add any new ones. Moreover, director George Melford had the availability of the rushes from Tod Brownings version and was able to improve on the staging of his shots. The legend of the Spanish-language Dracula extended for many years due to the fact there were only a single print available for viewing. Those who had seen it praised its merit and lauded as superior to the Lugosi/Browning version. The film was finally available for general viewing on VHS in 1992 and in 2004 as part of the Universal Dracula dvd box set, although the latter was released unsubtitled.
The Spanish language Dracula is an interesting film, although is ultimately saddled with too much adherence to the Lugosi version. On the plus side, though the script is exactly the same, you feel that it is taking the time to tell its story with greater ease, while the Lugosi version feels more hurried in many scenes. George Melford gives more attention to some scenes than Tod Browning did (Dracula always felt like Brownings least personal, least interesting film). There is a wonderfully atmospheric scene where Lupita Tovar goes out to meet Dracula and the perfectly dressed Carlos Villarias emerges out of the mist to her. The standout scene is the one where Dracula tries to bend this films Van Helsing (Eduardo Arozamena)s will but where he struggles to lift up a crucifix and send Dracula scurrying. On the other hand, just like Tod Browning, George Melford never opens the film up from its stage play origins and the film still talks about things that happen off-screen rather than depicts them Renfield telling how Dracula appeared to him out of a sea of rats; Eva describing a pair of red eyes looking at her out of the mist; the narrated story of the woman preying on children; and especially in having the climactic staking of Dracula take place off screen.
Carlos Villarias (billed as Carlos Villar) is an unusual choice for the role of Dracula. Bela Lugosi indelibly stamped the role as his own and Villarias seems caught in his shadow. Lugosi seemed to breathe hauteur, venom and menace with his presence. Villarias, by contrast, seems stiff and to be trying to convey most of his threat by widening his eyes and contorting his face, which more than anything gives the impression that he is suffering from neuralgia. Also working against Villarias is the fact that he is given the same slicked-back hairstyle as Lugosi but has big protruding ears that ruin the look. This versions Renfield (in the person of Pablo Alvarez Rubio) seems far more pathetic and sympathetic than Dwight Frye, while Lupita Tovar makes a far sexier and less pallid version of Lucy than Helen Chandler did.
Other adaptations of Dracula are: the uncredited classic German silent Nosferatu (1922); Hammers classic Dracula/The Horror of Dracula (1958) with Christopher Lee; Count Dracula (1970), a cheap continental production that also featured Lee; Dracula (1974), a cinematically-released tv movie starring Jack Palance; Count Dracula (1977), a BBC tv mini-series featuring Louis Jourdan; Dracula (1979), a lush big-budget remake starring Frank Langella; Werner Herzogs Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) with Klaus Kinski; Francis Ford Coppolas visually ravishing Bram Stokers Dracula (1992) featuring Gary Oldman; the modernised Italian-German Dracula (2002) starring Patrick Bergin; Guy Maddins silent ballet adaptation Dracula: Pages from a Virgins Diary (2002); the BBC tv movie Dracula (2006) with Marc Warren; the low-budget modernised Dracula (2009); and Dario Argentos Dracula (2012) with Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula.
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