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Dracula Reviews

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Super Reviewer
August 17, 2017
Frank Langella as the king of the vampires, not so threatening, but certainly a charming s.o.b., ogling the women in the house with impunity. At one point he reminds his pursuers, "for 500 years I've fought off your kind!" and one doesn't get the feeling that that's a truism. Nonetheless, moody and atmospheric, sticking to the familiar, oft told story, and not a waste of time. One wishes for more threat though.
½ August 4, 2017
Lavishly produced Dracula adaptation is a mixed bag, but there are enough positives to outweigh the weaker elements. On the plus side, Frank Langell is wonderfully suave and also quietly menacing as The Count. The production design is terrifically atmospheric, aided by moody photography by Gilbert Taylor (the same guy who shot "Dr. Strangelove," "The Omen," "Flash Gordon," and the original "Star Wars"). There's also a strong supporting cast that includes Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing, Kate Nelligan, Donald Pleasence, and the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. Top that off with a John Williams score and a smart script by W.D. Richter (the guy who directed cult classic "Buckaroo Banzai") and it's hard to imagine this film going far wrong. On the downside, the film is not particularly scary and instead is more of a bland gothic romance where the characters all seem rather cold, which weakens the the romantic elements and results in the audience never fully engage the romantic drama. Still, it's a gorgeous production that is a must see for fans of the oft filmed Bram Stoker tale.
Super Reviewer
June 10, 2017
Overall the plot is a bit undercooked, but Langella's performance is legendary for a reason.
½ May 25, 2017
I really enjoyed a great deal of this.
½ October 20, 2016
John Badham shot this lavish, beautifully staged rendition of a popular theatrical production of Dracula. It's easy to tell that no expense was spared in the costumes, set pieces, or backdrops (Universal even sprang for a John Williams score).While this film shows little faithfulness to the Bram Stoker novel that it's rooted in, it does have some bold notes of Gothic melodrama and it features striking turns from Frank Langella as the Count and Laurence Olivier as Abraham Van Helsing. This movie was largely passed on by both audiences and critics at the time, but it has built up a minor cult audience in the ensuing decades and there are definitely aspects of it that make it stand apart from all the many, many Dracula movies out there.
½ October 19, 2016
I had not sat down to watch this since I saw it in the theaters back in 79. There were several moments in the theater where I felt they captured some of the chills that should be part of this. Seeing the new muted color version on DVD I was even less impressed. There are still some fine elements, but with this cast one would have hoped for magic and all we get are a few nice moments.
April 30, 2016
Ambitious 1979 version of the classic tale has distinguished Count shipwrecked upon travelling to Britain and encountering Van Helsing. Langella does well in the title role; based more on the stage adaptation (which Langella played) rather than the novel. Unfortunately released around the same time as Werner Herzog's Nosferatu.
½ November 21, 2015
I liked this take on Dracula, and this was my first viewing. Frank Langella gives an interesting take, his Dracula is more a seducer than a killer. I like the style of it as well. And you have Donald Pleasance and Sir Laurence Olivier rounding out the cast, so definitely worth a watch for fans of the character.
½ November 2, 2015
Whenever i think classic Dracula... i think Frank, sorry Bela.
October 28, 2015
An ok telling of the vampire classic but out of the many Dracula movies we've seen this is the lest recommended because its more of the setting through a romance that becomes more dangerous in the less violence way and more scary through the darkness of the film, the imagery is very tense but the stry along with acting is very mild and doesn't quite live up to its expectations even as a love story set in a time where violence and dangerous things are happening and one vampire is set to take the woman he loves away from her family. This isn't a bad movie but I wouldn't say its a great movie either, its flawed and has many mistakes along the way while you watch it that effect the story and somehow ruin the experience even through its a 70's showcase of what the story will be and how the love conquers all in the plot. Its not a thriller or a real case telling of Dracula either its a hardcore kind of silly romance that stays on one path through scary imagery and dark settings through a dark visions of the 70's and never gets away from that, and its also quite boring in some scene that presents a flat narrative also. "Two Thumbs Down"I couldn't get into this movie, its an ok movie that the first in romance horror, but very misleading in parts also.
½ September 3, 2015
Disco Dracula this is a very good version of the classic Dracula story.
July 27, 2015
Frank Langella steps into the shoes of the titular king of vampires in this version of Bram Stroker's novel
a majority of the time he plays it subtle and just as suave and seductive as Bella Lugosi even though at times he just does a dramatic walk-in every time he's on-screen
he carries the role with enough of a sternness
Donald Pleasance and Laurence Olivier are really good playing Professor Seward and Abraham van Helsing, too
the movie has an incredible fast pace which astonished me considering they go through everything like the black-and-white version did
John Williams also composes an incredible score despite it repeating the same melody over and over
there's even 2 scary scenes that make the film that much more gothic and dark and I do mean that
the cinematography is really stylish as well seeing as how everything looks bleak, dark, and very eerie
the finale is actually exciting as it turns out as the film draws to a close
it is a shame though it may be overlooked cause it didn't do so well when it was released but it is to be commended for wanting to be on top like all the other versions of Dracula
April 19, 2015
A beautiful and exciting version of the classic story. Langella's Dracula is powerful, aristocratic, and sensual enough, unlike many Draculas who have proceeded him, to convince you that any woman would gladly volunteer her neck to him. The supporting cast, including Laurence Olivier and Kate Nelligan, are perfectly cast. Both the screenplay and Badham's tight direction never miss a beat. The soundtrack by John Williams is a wickedly lush and thrilling masterpiece. 4/5 stars.........Highly Recommended.
½ January 18, 2015
Curiosa version de Dracula , muy diferente a las otras versiones hechas un Frank Langella que no convenze en su rol , pero con unos secundarios eficentes , excelente cinematografia y unos efectos especiales buenos para esos años.
October 28, 2014
The idea of Dracula as a romantic figure is not entirely without precedent-- there's certainly a forbidden, sexual element to the vampire mythos-- but the degree to which such a concept is exploited in John Badham's adaption (discoteque love scenes and all) just doesn't work. The early scenes with Langella (who is quite good) as a charming socialite have just the right balance between allure and danger; there are shades of Ted Bundy here, with Dracula as a serial killer hiding in plain sight. Ultimately though, that's not really the story being told. The intention seems to be allowing a degree of ambiguity to the story, but instead it just feels noncommittal, as if the filmmakers want to have their cake and eat it too. There may have been a time when Dracula could be portrayed as a flawed, lonely, guy who just wants to be loved, but that time was before his throat-slashing, neck-snapping days.
October 22, 2014
Great remake of "Dracula "with a stylish look and cast!!
½ October 11, 2014
This is a misunderstood gem of a movie. It's moody and atmospheric, owing a lot to the Bela Lugosi classic, but also being a product on the late 1970s. Our leads are Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence. All are outstanding, but it's Langella who gives a performance for the ages. Though the story and characters are slightly different from the source material, that's a welcome change. Why make the same movie every five years, without any changes? Give this a look. You won't be disappointed. And you'll find a stylish film that's tragically forgotten these days.
September 10, 2014
Une belle adaptation du roman de Stoker (et de la pièce de théâtre), qui bénéficie d'un super casting, d'une photographie magnifique et de la bande originale de John Williams. De très bonnes idées parsèment également le film. Une atmosphère très bien rendue aussi. Seul petit reproche, un tempo pas toujours bien maîtrisé, mais ce n'est pas une raison suffisante pour passer à côté du reste ;-)
½ May 9, 2014
I saw this on creature feature and its remain basically nostalgic for me
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