Author: Doris V. Sutherland

The Life and Times of Marya Zaleska, Dracula’s Daughter: Part Three

Having discussed the 1936 film Dracula’s Daughter in the first and second posts in this series, I shall now conclude with a look at the film’s afterlife in adaptations and derivative works. Dracula’s Daughter: The Novel The novelisation of Dracula’s Daughter was published by Berkley Books in 1977. Its author was credited as Carl Dreadstone; when the novel was republished by Star Books in 1980, the name on the cover had curiously changed to E. K. Leyton. Both are pseudonyms, and the man behind the novel was in fact Ramsey Campbell. Campbell would later establish a reputation as one...

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The Life and Times of Marya Zaleska, Dracula’s Daughter: Part Two

Having taken a look at the plot of the 1936 film Dracula’s Daughter in my previous article, I shall now discuss the origins of the film and make a closer examination of its themes. The Birth of Dracula’s Daughter The film started life as a proposed adaptation of “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker, a short story that was published posthumously and is thought to have been a sequence excised from Dracula. It is a slight but atmospheric work, following an unnamed narrator (presumably Dracula’s Jonathan Harker) as he briefly glimpses a female vampire in a tomb while en route to...

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The Life and Times of Marya Zaleska, Dracula’s Daughter: Part One

The classic horror films made by Universal had no shortage of monstrous men, such as Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein’s monster. Monstrous women, on the other hand, were few and far between. The Bride of Frankenstein, iconic as she is, appears so briefly in her self-titled 1935 film that she can scarcely be described as a character. The Invisible Woman (1940) rejected horror in favour of broad comedy. Captive Wild Woman (1943) was commercially successful enough in its day to spawn two sequels, but its lasting impact on popular culture is negligible. She-Wolf of London (1946) had...

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Women in British Animation: Thalma Goldman Cohen

“Sex has become very commercialized. But people are moving away from cheapness, it abuses them.” —Thalma Goldman Cohen In 1976, Screen International cast an eye over the position of women filmmakers in Britain. “If British Cinema, to its shame, can boast few female directors as yet,” read the article, “one field in which women seem currently to be proving their ability is animation.” The main subject of the piece was a relative newcomer to the scene: Thalma Goldman Cohen. Born Thalma Cohen in Rishon-Le-Zion in 1944, and adding “Goldman” to her name due to a short-lived marriage in the...

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Suicide Squad Is Not the Film it Wants to Be

Suicide Squad Director: David Ayer Starring: Will Smith, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie Warner Bros. August 1, 2016 When it came to DC’s attempts at building a shared cinematic universe to compete with Marvel, Suicide Squad was under a lot of pressure. Critical reactions to the previous DC films, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, could be charitably described as “mixed.” However, with a different creative team, a focus on gleeful rogues over brooding heroes, and a broad conceptual similarity to Marvel’s much-loved Guardians of the Galaxy, Suicide Squad stood a chance of turning things around. But somewhere along the...

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