Count Dracula

Count Dracula

Director: Jesùs Franco Cast: Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, Soledad Miranda
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Count Dracula

This doggedly faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel about a vampiric nobleman was helmed by cult director Jesus Franco. Despite its textual loyalty and atmospheric photography by Manuel Merino, the film -- a co-production from Spain, Italy, Germany, and Liechtenstein -- is plodding and dull. Even Christopher Lee (in an uncharacteristically weak performance as Dracula), Klaus Kinski (as the mad Renfield), and seven credited screenwriters cannot make this confused, distant film worthwhile. Cult filmmaker Bruno Mattei edited the Italian version, and scenes were later used in Calvin Floyd's In Search of Dracula. Among several different versions are prints running 100, 98, and 86 minutes. Franco appears as a servant to Professor Van Helsing (Herbert Lom), and though certainly literate, the film nevertheless fails as both horror and drama.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
UPC: 0030306812793
Original Release: 1970
Rating: NR
Source: Mpi Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:37:00

Special Features

"Beloved Count" - Jess Franco featurette; Christopher Lee reads Bram Stoker's Dracula; Soledad Miranda essay; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lee Count Dracula
Klaus Kinski Renfield
Soledad Miranda Lucy
Maria Rohm Mina
Herbert Lom Van Helsing
Jack Taylor Actor
Fred Williams Actor
Judi Bowker Actor
Teresa Gimpera Actor
Paul Muller Actor

Technical Credits
Jesùs Franco Director,Screenwriter
Dietmar Behnke Screenwriter
Milo G. Cuccia Screenwriter
Carlo Fadda Screenwriter
Augusto Finocchi Screenwriter
Bruno Mattei Editor
Manuel Merino Cinematographer
Bruno Nicolai Score Composer
Derek Parsons Editor
Harry Alan Towers Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jess Franco's Count Dracula
1. A Fair Warning [13:06]
2. "Welcome to My House" [15:54]
3. The Clinic [11:26]
4. Follow the Voice [10:54]
5. The Escape [7:01]
6. The Count's Apprentice [12:58]
7. Investigation [7:04]
8. The Opera [4:19]
9. To Varna [8:35]
10. Demise of Dracula [3:41]
11. End Credits [1:34]

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Count Dracula 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly the ultimate Dracula if you are a Christopher fan. I disagree with the notion that the film fails-- it succeeds at being definitive Hollywood schlock, which is the true category of horror to begin with. The dull aspect probably arises from the fact that it is adapted fairly faithfully from a very long boring book. I think that Franco did the story justice and the film is a haunting experience that you will never forget. I am so glad that it is being released at last on DVD, the crowning jewel for my entire Chris Lee Dracula set. It has everything that Horror of Dracula lacked except for Peter Cushing. This is the first film (not counting the unauthorized, silent Nosferatu)in which Jonathan Harker is given his proper position as the hero of the story, and the last one to do so until Coppola's Dracula, which featured Keanu Reeves. But that one did not have Chris Lee, unfortunately!