Count Dracula (1970)
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Despite trying hard to remain faithful to the source material, and even nabbing Hammer's own Dracula to play the title role, 1970's "Count Dracula" is just too slow and dull and boring to be all that interesting. Not even Lee can save this one (and he is vastly better in the Hammer pictures than he is here)...it just has no energy, and the threat seems to minimal. Sort of a wasted effort, because seeing Lee in a more faithful adaptation of the book should be great, but here it just isn't.
I've seen probably close to (if not) 10 of Franco's films and COUNT DRACULA is easily my favorite. However I would caution anyone who sees this as their introduction to Franco as I do not think that this film is a great representation of what seems to be his signature style. Perhaps this is why I enjoyed it so much. This entry into the famous vampire story of Dracula has much of the set pieces and atmosphere I would have expected to find in a Bava masterpiece. Franco (and crew) deliver an imaginative, creepy and appropriately ethereal atmosphere! Some surrealistic elements and stylistic spices are recognizably Franco (if you've seen his films) but more importantly . . . THIS IS EASILY AN ABOVE AVERAGE IF NOT GREAT VAMPIRE MOVIE!
I love seeing Lee playing Dracula, even if it's been done to death, literally! Still, this is a good more modern version of the film, not that it's the best, it could have been better, but it's entertaining anyway.
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