There may be a handful of new vampire movies being released every month, but we can’t forget about those old school vamp flicks. So it is film flashback time, and today’s vamptastic film is Dracula’s Daughter. Dracula’s Daughter is a 1936 vampire horror movie that was a sequel to the 1931 film Dracula; it was later followed by the 1943 movie Son of Dracula.
Dracula’s Daughter begins shortly after Dracula ends, when Count Dracula has just been killed by Professor Von Helsing. Von Helsing is then taken by police to Scotland Yard, where he tried to explain that while he did kill Count Dracula, it cannot be considered murder because the count had been undead for over 500 years. But instead of hiring a lawyer to help him, he recruits a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Garth, who was once one of his best students.
Dr. Garth may be able to defend Von Helsing him in court, but Garth has his own troubles after he meets Countess Marya Zaleska, the daughter of Dracula. The Countess asks Garth to help her overcome her vampirism. She hopes that her will plus Dr. Garth’s science will be strong enough to overcome Dracula’s power over her – but that’s easier said than done. So she steals the corpse of her father, Count Dracula, and burns it thinking that will be enough to free herself, but even with him gone she still craves blood.
Countess Marya then comes to believe that there is no possible cure, and once Garth discovers what she is, she lures him by kidnapping Janet, the woman he loves. She plans on turning the good doctor into her immortal companion, but unfortunately, her plans are foiled by her servant, Sandor.
A favorite quote from this film:
Dr. Garth: “You know, this is the first woman’s flat I’ve been in that didn’t have at least 20 mirrors in it.”