Dracula's Death (lost horror film; 1923)
Dracula's Death (aka The Death of Drakula, aka Drakula halála) is a 1923 silent Hungarian horror film written and directed by Károly Lajthay and may have been one of the first films to feature the character of Dracula. It stars Lene Myl as Mary Land, the protagonist, and Paul Askonas as Dracula.
The film details the story of a young woman named Mary who begins to have frightening visions after seeing an insane asylum inmate who claims to be Dracula. She has trouble determining whether the visions were real or merely nightmares. However, he later kidnaps Mary and brings her back to his castle for a satanic "wedding".
Though there are rumors of a press screening in 1921, the earliest release date with hard evidence is from 1923. The film has been lost for many years, and very little aside from the cast and plot is known. However, while only a few photos of the film itself have survived, there was also a novelization of the movie that detailed the film's plot.
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- IMDb page for Dracula's Death. Retrieved 20 Mar '13
- Wikipedia article on Dracula's Death. Retrieved 17 Mar '16
- Rhodes, Gary D. (1 January 2010). "Drakula halála (1921):The Cinema's First Dracula". Horror Studies. 1 (1): 29
- Black Hole Reviews article on the film. Retrieved 23 Dec '16