Two 1931 Draculas In Area Theaters

Spanish-language "Drácula," Bela Lugosi "Dracula" in double feature.

Everybody's heard of the 1931 "Dracula" movie starring Bela Lugosi. It's legendary. But it's not widely known that those same movie sets were used, at night, by a Spanish-speaking film cast and crew to make another Dracula movie, with Spanish actor Carlos Villarias as the vampire and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar as his prey.

Both of those movies will be shown in a double feature in area theaters to celebrate Halloween.

Tod Browning's "Dracula" starring Lugosi will begin the night, and the George Melford/Enrique Tovar Ávalos' "Drácula" will follow. Also included in the evening's presentation will be a filmed talk about both films by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.

The program will be shown Sunday and Wednesday, Oct. 25 and 28, at 2 and 7 p.m. both days. Venues are Branford 12, Cinemark Enfield and Buckland in Manchester, Lisbon 12 in Jewett City, Connecticut Post 14 in Milford, Stonington 10 in Pawcatuck, AMC Danbury 16, Regal Brass Mill 12 in Waterbury, Carmike Bloomfield and Cinerom Torrington. Tickets: fathomevents.com.

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