In the spring of 1893, Jonathon Harker the clerk of a young English solicitor, travels to Castle Dracula in Transylvania in order to deliver a deed of purchase for Carfax, the Count’s house near the lunatic asylum in Purfleet, Essex.
After they conclude their business, Dracula unexpectedly insists that Harker stay with him for a month so that he can perfect his English intonation. Despite the Count's courteous manner, Harker begins to feel more and more uneasy. One evening whilst staying in the castle, Harker encounters three seductive vampiresses. It is at this point that Harker’s suspicions regarding his host are confirmed. He is imprisoned in the castle and, to his horror Dracula sets off for England.
The story begins anew in England, where Dracula inflicts his powers on the voluptuous and flirtatious Lucy Westenra, close friend of Harker’s fiancée, Mina Murray.
Lucy’s three suitors, Arthur Holmwood, Dr Seward and Quincy Morris, try desperately to protect her but she is turned into one of the undead, a vampire. Their efforts are masterminded by the eminent Professor Van Helsing. Van Helsing is indebted to John Seward who saved his life on an earlier occasion. Jonathon joins them when he eventually manages to escape from Castle Dracula.
Van Helsing, who, upon reading Mina's diaries and Jonathan's journal, connects their experiences and realises that Count Dracula of Transylvania is responsible for Lucy's death. They visit Lucy’s grave in Hampstead. Holmwood drives a stake through Lucy's heart, whilst Van Helsing then fills her mouth with garlic and decapitates her, freeing her soul from Dracula's curse.
Mina and Jonathan make a solemn, secret pact to each other to destroy Dracula at any cost. The Count, spying on them from outside Seward's study window, gains access into the house and the Count subsequently attacks Mina.
Later he visits her again. During this second attack, Dracula puts Jonathan into an unconscious stupor. The Count forces Mina to drink blood from a wound in his chest, putting her in league with him against her will.
Dracula is aware that the vampire hunters are close on his tail and a dramatic chase commences as Dracula flees to his castle in Transylvania. Eventually, Jonathon has the opportunity to decapitate him and Quincy Morris completes the execution by driving a stake through his heart. Jonathon and Mina are reunited and the curse is destroyed.