Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Universal Pictures Written by Garrett Fort, loosely based on the short story "Draculas Guest" by Bram Stoker
Classic Horror, Universal Monsters Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Budget $278,000 Starring Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger

Dracula's Daughter picks up right where Dracula left off in Transylvania, with two constables finding the bodies of Count Dracula and Renfield in the crypt under Castle Dracula. Van Helsing is arrested and taken into custody by Scottland Yard. Von Helsing enlists the help of Jeffrey to come and defend him, as he has been charged with murder. Jeffrey agrees to help his friend even if he does not believe the supernatural stories that Van Helsing is telling him.

Two constables searching castle Dracula.
Countess Marya Zeleska asking Jeffrey for help.

Countess Marya Zaleska uses her vampire powers to steal the corpse of her father Count Dracula away from the authoroties, in order to burn it in an attempt to release herself from the curse of drinking human blood. Countess Marya Zaleska introduces herself to Jeffrey and visits him as a patient in the hopes of curing her “addiction.”

As with Dracula, a modern viewer might feel that some of the scenes are hard to understand because the camera cuts to black without showing the viewer exactly what happened, and the viewer is left to understand based on context. The biggest example of this for me was when Countess Marya fed on the blood of a young woman that she had lured into her home. At the time this movie came out, Universal was not comfortable showing that level of violence on screen.


While tame by modern standards, the model scene would have been risky in post-code Hollywood.


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