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Dracula (1979)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No critic reviews yet...

Release Date: Jul 20, 1979 Wide


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 9,619


Movie Info

In the late '70s, Frank Langella starred in the hit Broadway play Dracula, written by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Langella's charisma and the surreal, black-and-white sets designed by cartoonist Edward Gorey were the chief outstanding features of the play, which was otherwise undistinguished. While this film production of the play boasts performances by stage veterans Lord Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasance, as well as Frank Langella as the suavest of counts, it was neither a … More

Drama , Horror , Romance , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
W.D. Richter , Bram Stoker , Hamilton Deane
In Theaters:
Oct 10, 2000
Universal Studios


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Critic Reviews for Dracula

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (5) | DVD (1)

Several horror scenes, notably those not involving Dracula himself, are genuinely creepy.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012

This is sort of a Saturday Night Fever version of the story with a stylish, afro'ed Langella walking around with an open shirt looking for girls to take to his Castle Disco.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

Granted, it's staged and composed like Masterpiece Theatre.

Full Review… | April 21, 2007

The casting is right on target and the atmosphere fittingly eerie in director John Badham's suspenseful, handsomely-mounted 1979 version.

January 26, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Nice production values, but that's about it

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Just doesn't fly.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Dracula

This adaptation wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. Mostly I found it boring. The actors were just bored and so was I.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


1979 saw a decent adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic horror/romance novel.

It's easy to admit that this version of DRACULA is seemingly less popular and less remembered than the same-titled 1992 film or even DRACULA 2000; but this one deserves the praise it does not get.

Though I'd have to say that without the performance from Laurence Olivier, this would have just been a bloody mess. Instead, it's rather well-acted, well-directed. (Maybe it wasn't just Olivier.)

Well, to sum it up, DRACULA was enjoyable. Rent it--but remember: 1979, not 1992. 1979, not 1992. And not 2000. 'Nuff said, for sure.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


The marketing was good, but it's so terribly dated now.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Rather unfairly slated by critics, I actually think this is one of the better tellings of the count's story. Sticking quite closely to the literary source, and with a strong supporting cast of thesps it's much better than Coppolla's irritatingly self absorbed vanity project.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Dracula Quotes

Count Dracula:
Forgive me, Doctor. I hate mirrors, They reflect man's vanity.
– Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
Count Dracula:
Listen to them, the children of the night. What sad music they make.
– Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
Count Dracula:
You needn't shout, Mr. Harker. You frightened me.
– Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
Nice and fat and juicy.
– Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
Count Dracula:
I don't drink wine.
– Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)

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