Jess Franco's Count Dracula [Special Edition] [DVD] [1970]

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Special Features

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

Synopsis

El Conde 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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Christopher Lee
    Christopher Lee - Count Dracula
  • Klaus Kinski
    Klaus Kinski - Renfield
  • Soledad Miranda
    Soledad Miranda - Lucy
  • Maria Rohm
    Maria Rohm - Mina
  • Herbert Lom
    Herbert Lom - Van Helsing

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