With the use of music, a scene can be portrayed in a different manner than the same scene without music or with different music. The use of music in this film has a huge effect on the way that the audience sees the film and reacts to the film. Music is used throughout a good majority of it, and it creates a feeling of suspense and intensity. In the scene where Jonathan Harker tries to attack Dracula in the beginning, had there been no background music, there would not be the same reactions or emotions within the audience. Not only that scene, but also when Lucy opens the doors at night. In this scene, due to the background music, it’s expected that something is going to happen, although we do not know what. Without music, the audience may not feel anything at all.
Although obvious, the way the actors take on their characters in Horror of Dracula really impacts the way this film is viewed. Each actor and actress did well in this. Upon watching the beginning of this film, I noticed that Dracula did talk fast. I thought that it was sort of odd that he talked at a faster pace, not only because I thought actors mainly only did that in different genres of film, but also because no other characters in Horror of Dracula did this. Aside from their speaking pace, often times the actors exaggerated and were fairly dramatic, for example when the woman tries attacking Jonathan and Dracula steps in. This scene was like a fight scene, but felt very dramatic and did not feel all that real because of this. It was also interesting that this film begins with a narrative. By narrating the beginning of this film, or any film, helps the audience to gain a sense of what the film is going to be like.
Horror of Dracula was filmed without much light. Although light was of course used, it wasn’t used too much, thus giving off a more wanted effect to its audience. Horror movies don’t typically happen in broad daylight, and this movie did a good job of accomplishing just what it was supposed to. But not only had the lighting made this movie great, the transitioning did also. When Lucy opened her door at night, while the audience waited for something to happen, the scene changed. The audience was often left wondering, which is arguably one of the greatest ways to keep someone’s attention.
There were so many factors that make this film a great one. Music is one of the most effective ways to get a point across within a movie, without saying or doing anything. The portrayal of each character is something that is really important, no matter what the film is and the actors in this movie did a great job with each of their characters. The effect of the lighting and transitions in Horror of Dracula really fills its audience with suspense and keeps them wanting more.