One of the most iconic horror films of all time, almost anyone can conjure images of Bela Lugosi in “Dracula,” preying upon the blood of sleeping innocents. However, a little known fact about the 1931 classic is that a nearly identical version was made at the same time with a Spanish-language cast.
Each day, after the English-language Dracula finished filming, a new cast and crew would take over the set and work through the night, shooting a shot-for-shot copy of the film for the Spanish-speaking audiences of 1931. In the decades that followed, the Spanish-language “Dracula,” considered by many to be the superior version of the film, was largely forgotten, while its Bela Lugosi-lead brother was enshrined in film history.
Now, Turner Classic Movies will present a special double feature of both versions of “Dracula,” accompanied by an introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz further explaining the odd process behind the films’ creation. The double feature will be shown on October 25 and 28 in theaters across the nation.