Count Dracula

A vampire preys on residents of Transylvania.

 

Germany
Italy
Spain
Liechtenstein
1970
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Vampire Film
Animals: 
Bat
Bird
Shark
Owl
Fox
Boar
Weasel
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
4
Dry-as-dust...
6
5.04
6
6
2
3
1
Photography
Effects
Ambiance
Very atmospheric, somewhat poetic, this rendition of Dracula is dreamlike from beginning to end. It has a few scary moments but is rarely intense. With its gorgeous sets; interior and exterior, Count Dracula never ceases to amaze. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, this one is a little dry. The dialogue is dull and the characters are not that interesting.
Hammer Film legendary performer Christopher Lee plays the vampire count for the nth time. His current interpretation sadly never surpasses his past ones. In fact, his castle does a better job of scaring the audience than he does. This is a somewhat faithful in-a-nutshell adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel but it isn’t exactly memorable. Something's missing...
The eccentric acting can get on one's nerves. Some performances feel forced and somewhat improvised. The cheap-looking blood constantly wastes the film’s potential for effective gore. Expect a well-told story but don’t expect to be terrified. Count Dracula is close to the original material but it could use better storytelling, some energy and more eye-candy.
Alternate Titles: 
Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht
Bram Stoker's Count Dracula
Dracula '71
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