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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 […]

Call of Chicago: The Ring of Dracula

It’s time once again for another installment of Things We Left Out of The Dracula Dossier, our popular series of posts not so much cataloguing our mental lapses as offering you, our beloved gamer audience, more free content for your own Dracula Dossier games! (Available for pre-order now!) In this particular case, I was inspired […]

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 […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula (1979)

Dracula (1979) Director: John Badham Dracula: Frank Langella Now this is how to get Dracula wrong. John Badham’s feminist (well, feminist-for-1979) deconstruction of the stage play and Stoker’s novel creates a gothic fantasy in which “Lucy Seward” (Kate Nelligan, actually playing Mina) yearns for the liberating touch of Frank Langella’s catlike, genteel Dracula. And if you […]

31 Nights of Dractober: The Return of Dracula (1958)

The Return of Dracula (1958) Director: Paul Landres Dracula: Francis Lederer The other 1958 Dracula movie begins with a team of Romanian (or Hungarian) vampire hunters closing in on Dracula’s tomb — only to discover he has escaped! Taking the identity papers (and life) of artist Bellac (or Belak, if his name is supposed to […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

Dracula’s Daughter (1936) Director: Lambert Hillyer Daughter: Gloria Holden This weird, weird movie begins in the cellars of Carfax Abbey as a direct sequel to the 1931 Browning/Lugosi Dracula. Well, actually, it began as a bit of dirty pool by MGM mogul David O. Selznick, who bought the rights to the short story “Dracula’s Guest” […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Chang Cheh (uncredited) Draculas: John Forbes-Robertson, Sheng Chan (possessed) In 1973, both Hammer Films and the Hong Kong action studio Shaw Brothers were desperate. Enter the Dragon, released that year by rival studio Golden Harvest, had made kung-fu fighting a global filmic fad. Meanwhile, […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade: Trinity (2004) Director: David S. Goyer Dracula: Dominic Purcell Well, they can’t all be gems. Aside from the midriffs of the “Night Stalkers” (there aren’t enough air quotes in the world) Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel, and the bumping score by Ramin Djawadi and The RZA, there’s not a lot to say for this […]

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