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The excellence of this production is in its combination of intensity and restraint. Sets, for example, are not exagerrated in order to be macabre - Castle Dracula could pass for a stately home were it not for the odd inhabitants. The "completely human" characters are intelligent, refined, and normal in their actions and words - the horror of being the victims of vampires providing sufficient Gothic elements. Interestingly, this version has the rare quality of referring, however obliquely, to the real Prince Vlad, and manages to give credibility to Dracula's plight (without exploring how his vampirism came to be.)
With apologies to fans of Bela Lugosi, et al, I believe Jack Palance captured the Count most perfectly.
This is more of a sympathetic Dracula , seemingly, through little fault of his own is doomed for eternity. Splendid sets and terrific editing make this film a standout. The only other abstract "Dracula" that one might find is the PBS version with Louis Jordan as the count.
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excellent..his face alone makes you don't want to fall asleepPublished 6 months ago by lindsay d.greef
I only ventured to review this was because it seemed like those who did so found this movie to be effective as a Dracula movie. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by fra7299