Tag Archives: 31 Nights of Dractober

Dracula (2006)

Dracula (2006) Director: Bill Eagles Dracula: Marc Warren When you give me a secret history behind the story of Dracula, it makes it very hard for me to hate on your movie’s flaws. This ITV-WGBH production casts Arthur Holmwood (!) as the prime mover of the action. Discovering the death sentence that is his congenital syphilis, […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Director: Francis Ford Coppola Dracula: Gary Oldman Whatever happened to Francis Ford Coppola? It beggars the imagination that the director who made five masterpieces in ten years (Patton, The Conversation, Godfather I and II, Apocalypse Now) also made this chemical fire of a film. Even the uneven Eighties Coppola was better than this, […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968) Director: Freddie Francis Dracula: Christopher Lee A peculiar blend of apathy and attention makes this perhaps the most frustrating of the Hammer Draculas. Anthony Hinds (writing as “John Elder”) cares so little about the script that he doesn’t even bother to name Ewan Hooper’s weak Renfielded priest, and […]

31 Nights of Dractober: The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)

The Batman vs. Dracula (2005) Director: Michael Goguen Dracula: Peter Stormare A few truths: Doug Moench’s graphic novel Batman & Dracula: Red Rain is a superior Batman vs. Dracula story. It could not have been made into a children’s animated cartoon. Which (despite a good bit of blood and a shocking – heh – death […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Nosferatu (1979)

Nosferatu (1979) Director: Werner Herzog Dracula: Klaus Kinski “For me, genre means an intensive, almost dreamlike stylization on screen, and I feel the vampire genre is one of the richest and most fertile cinema has to offer. There is fantasy, hallucination, dreams and nightmares, visions, fear, and of course, mythology.” — Werner Herzog, giving us […]

31 Nights of Dractober: House of Frankenstein (1944)

House of Frankenstein (1944) Director: Erle C. Kenton Dracula: John Carradine “The world I see is far away. Yet very near. A strange and beautiful world … in which one may be dead … and yet alive.” — Rita Hussman (Anne Gwynne), unconsciously giving us the epigraph for the entire Universal horror series John Carradine’s first appearance as Dracula (of at […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula’s Curse (2002)

Dracula’s Curse (2002) Director: Roger Young Dracula: Patrick Bergin This production began on Italian TV (shot on video) as Il Bacio di Dracula (The Kiss of Dracula); I watched the Artisan DVD version entitled Dracula’s Curse, which cuts about an hour out of the run time because I just said Artisan. (Some of it shows […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula (1968)

Dracula (1968) Director: Patrick Dromgoole Dracula: Denholm Elliott Man, if every episode of the Thames TV series Mystery and Imagination mounted this kind of creative response to low budgets and primitive facilities, I’m really bummed that three seasons are lost. But I’m glad this fourth-season episode (90 minutes, divided into three Acts) survived on YouTube. Although it […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Buffy vs. Dracula (2000)

Buffy vs. Dracula (2000) Director: David Solomon Dracula: Rudolf Martin Television being a writer’s medium, it’s probably best if writer Marti Noxon takes the credit and the blame for this, the premiere episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s fifth season. Following series creator Joss Whedon’s idea to use the actual Dracula instead of “some cool vampire […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Scars of Dracula (1970)

Scars of Dracula (1970) Director: Roy Ward Baker Dracula: Christopher Lee Let us resolutely ignore the dead pacing (probably from Anthony Hinds’ screenplay), the insane overlighting that washes out Christopher Lee’s makeup unforgivably, and the damp-even-for-a-Hammer-romantic-male-lead dampness of the “romantic male lead” Simon (Dennis Waterman). Let us ignore the comically ineffective “set fire to the […]

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