The first in a series of sequels to Universal's 1931 English-language original, this film was loosely based on Stoker's short story, "Dracula's Guest", and is, by far, the best of the Universal sequels.
Already straining with the diminishing returns of the series, Universal tried again with their shared universe crossovers, but much like the previous film, this movie struggles to justify so many monsters sharing the same storyline.
With the scary monsters movies dead, Universal attempted to relaunch the series with a crossover film featuring the comedic stylings of Abbott and Costello. Although popular at the time, this film isn't really all that funny in the modern era.
While Universal may have given up on the monsters after their glory days in the 1930s and 1940s, another film company was ready to make the monsters scary again, and their Dracula (titled "The Horror of Dracula" in the U.S.) brought the horror back to the monsters with a winning performance by Christopher Lee as the titular vampire.
Christopher Lee didn't have any interested in returning to the role of Dracula so Hammer went a different route, choosing to explore the adventures of Van Helsing fighting other vampires in Eastern Europe.
What do you do with a town full of atheists, all of whom fear the legend of a local vampire instead of God? You go to the castle to prove there's nothing to fear and accidentally revive the vampire lord in the process.
With the classic series running on fumes, Hammer opted for a "modern" (for the time) reboot of the frachise, pulling Dracula in the then-present era of 1972 to continue his reign of terror. The film, though, feels as old and dreary as many of the sequels that came before.
The last film in the Hammer series, this movie at least tries something novel, pitting a team of vampire hunters against Dracula and his own army of ninja vampires. It's an amusing idea the film otherwise squanders, though.
The second of three vampire films from Toho (the first of which, The Vampire Doll, didn't feature Dracula at all), this film has the most connection to our famous vampire, but is also the weakest film in the trilogy.
And yet, out of the ashes of the previous travesty we get one of the better low budget Dracula films. It does everything it can to redeemd the series by largely ignoring everything that happened before.
Dracula III: Legacy
The finale to the Dracula 2000 series, this film doesn't have the style of the first sequel but is still a damn sight better than the movie that originated it all.
Count Dracula (1970)
One of the few times Lee returned to the role of Dracula, this film isn't connected to the Hammer series, and also lacks any of the good qualities that made that series half-way watchable.
There were a number of Dracula productions in the 1970s, but this is probably one of the worst, featuring a mis-cast Jack Palance in the title role.
Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (of Sherlock fame), this mini-series has a lot of spectacular ideas, solid production value, and a pretty great story. Like a lot of Gatiss/Moffat productions, though, it falls apart at the five-yard-line.
The Kiss of the Vampire: Once planned as the next film in Hammer's "Van Helsing" series, it was reworked to be a generic vampire film when Cushing refused to return to the role of Van Helsing.
Blacula: A great version of the Dracula story, just with an African-American character in the lead role. One of the favorites of the editiors of this site.
Scream Blacula Scream: A sequel to the blaxploitation original, this film isn't as good as what came before, which is sad because the character of Blacula still had a lot of (un)life in him.
Shadow of the Vampire: A great retrelling of the filming of Nosferatu, this film is equal parts comedy and horror and works so gloriously well.