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Dracula's Daughter

Universal hoped to repeat the artistic and box-office success of Bride of Frankenstein (1935) by producing a sequel to Dracula, but this 1936 release suffers from the absence of Bela Lugosi and the graceless hand of silent-western director Lambert Hillyer. Crusty Edward Van Sloan returns as Dr. Van (here, Von) Helsing, busted by constables for killing Dracula in Carfax Abbey, and Gloria Holden gives a haunting performance as the count's conscience-stricken daughter. She's supposed to be smitten with dapper Otto Kruger, but the most sexualized scenes show her preying on a pretty young street girl (Nan Grey). Adapted from the Bram Stoker story "Dracula's Guest."

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