During the late 1920s to early 1930s, the United States went from the roaring 20’s to going through the great depression. There was a huge economical and political change during this time. There were new technological advancements such as the first television, invention of the jet, rocket, and the radar. Then the great depression took place, the stock prices plummeted and people are going through a financial crisis. This happened right after the first world war.
I think this version of Count Dracula appealed to the people living at the time it was released because it relates to the change of economics and politics of the United States at that time.
When Count Dracula is depicted as attractive, handsome, and manipulating, different from normal humans, which correlates to the US during the 1920’s. During the 1920s, the economy was booming and people had more money than normal. More people were living in the city rather than farms.
When Count Dracula abducts Miss Mina and tries to make her a vampire can be connected to the time when the great depression takes place. The great depression was an economic catastrophe that no one thought would happen but there were signs of it. Just like in the movie, when Van Helsing found clues to Count Dracula being a vampire and he confirmed it using the cross, mirror and wolfsbane. The Great depression also had signs where there were major falls in stock prices which started around September then eventually the market crashed.