FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
Horror following a group of medical students who come across the body of the world's most notorious vampire, Dracula (Stephen Billington). When a mysterious stranger appears and offers the ... See full summary »
Jason Scott Lee,
In his search for the Lightbringer, Dracula crosses paths with a beautiful crusader named Alina who bears a remarkable resemblance to his murdered bride. One look at her and Dracula is ... See full summary »
Excellent Contemporary Version of Bram Stoker's Novel
In the present days, in a ballroom of a hospital charity party in Budapest, the successful American lawyer Jonathan Harker (Hardy Krüger Jr.) surprisingly proposes his girlfriend Mina (Stefania Rocca) to get married with him on the next week. Their common friends Lucy (Muriel Baumaster), Quincy (Alessio Boni) and Arthur (Conrad Hornby) have been invited by Jonathan and have just arrived for their wedding without the awareness of Mina. Meanwhile, they are introduced to the promoter of the party, the psychiatrist Dr. Seward (Kai Wiesinger), and they stay together along the night. Later in the same night, Jonathan is called by a rich client, Tepes (Patrick Bergin), who hires him to prepare the inventory of the wealth of his uncle, the count Vladislav Tepes (Patrick Bergin), in Romania. Jonathan travels to the Carpathian Mountains in his Porsche, has an accident and finally arrives in the count's old castle. From this moment on, his life and the lives of his friends are jeopardize by a terrible menace. "Dracula" is an excellent contemporary version of Bram Stoker's famous novel. I expected a bad movie, based on the low IMDb User Rating, but this movie is surprisingly good. I have watched it on VHS in a version of 104 minutes, and I found many favorable points. The locations are amazingly beautiful; the camera and the photography are excellent, inclusive the introduction in a ballroom is fantastic; the story is a great adaptation of the Bram Stoker's novel to the present days; last but not the least, the unknown (at least for me) actress Muriel Baumaster is certainly one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen on the screen. The important role of Jonathan deserved a better actor, but anyway, fans of vampire movies like me will not be disappointed with this version. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Beijo do Drácula" ("The Kiss of the Dracula")
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