"The blood is the life, Mr. Renfield."

This line is delivered by Count Dracula after welcoming the visiting solicitor, Renfield, into his mountaintop castle. He watches the Count pass through a large cobweb without breaking it, and Renfield balks when he spots a massive spider climbing the wall, looking for a dark place to hide. He's come to negotiate the Count's rental of Carfax Abbey in England, despite being warned away by every local he's come into contact with in Dracula's native Transylvania.

Wait a second. Renfield? Isn't this supposed to be Jonathan Harker's role in the Dracula story? It's a significant change to the original 1897 Dracula by Bram Stoker, and I think it's one of two changes that truly benefit the film -- the other being the attractiveness of Bela Lugosi as Dracula himself, as opposed to the long-haired, pointy-eared, mustached creep outlined in Stoker's novel.
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