Count Dracula

Tag: Movie

Title: Count Dracula
AKA: Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht
Year: 1970
Character: Count Dracula
Director: Jesus Franco
Cameraman: Manuel Merino, Luciano Trasatti
Screenplay: Bram Stoker, Dietmar Behnke, Milo G. Cuccia, Carlo Fadda, Augusto Finocchi, Jesus Franco, Erich Kröhnke, Harry Alan Towers
Runtime: 98
Country: Spain | West Germany | Italy | Liechtenstein
Genre: Horror
Studio: Corona Filmproduktion, Filmar Compagnia Cinematografica, Fénix Cooperativa Cinematográfica, Towers of London
Classification:
Notes:

Language: English
Audio: Mono
Colour: Color (Eastmancolor)

 

Plot:

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.

Cast:

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula
Herbert Lom as Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
Klaus Kinski as R.M Renfield
Soledad Miranda as Lucy Westenra
Maria Rohm as Mina Murray
Fred Williams as Jonathan Harker
Paul Muller as Dr. John Seward (as Paul Müller)
Jack Taylor as Quincey Morris
Jesús Puente as Minister of Interior
José Martínez Blanco as Traveller / Dr. Seward  (voice: Spanish version) (as J. Martinez Blanco) rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Castellani
Emma Cohen as Vampire woman (uncredited)
Jesus Franco as Van Helsing's servant (uncredited)
Colette Giacobine as Greta, housekeeper (uncredited)
Teresa Gimpera as Crying mother (uncredited)
Jeannine Mestre as Vampire woman (uncredited)
Moisés Augusto Rocha as Servant behind Prof. Van Helsing in Wheelchair (uncredited)

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