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"Bistritz, Hungary May 1897". Natives in Transylvania seem afraid when they learn solicitor Jonathan Harker is going to Castle Dracula on business... See full synopsis »
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Several plot elements of this adaptation were also present in the Hammer Films / Terrence Fisher version with Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing, Dracula (1958 film). This includes Jonathan Harker being killed at the castle, becoming a vampire and being killed by a friend (in this case, Arthur Holmwood rather than Van Helsing); the interior of Castle Dracula looking too "new" with wood paneling, more like a mansion than a castle; Arthur Holmwood being the main character who goes with Van Helsing to destroy Lucy, to follow the trail of a coffin from one place to another; then to Castle Dracula itself; and Van Helsing tearing down curtains to let in sunlight at the climax. In effect, it appears Dan Matheson's adaptation used Jimmy Sangster's 1958 version as a starting point, then worked his way back toward Bram Stoker's novel. While the most authentic version most American had seen at the time, both the Jess Franco and BBC versions were far closer to the book, especially the latter. See more
When Dracula flips over Lucy's coffin, the supposedly dead actress inside can clearly be seen to quickly raise her arms to cover her chest and face, presumably to shield herself from the fall. See more