MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,513 this week

Dracula (1980)
"Yami no Teiô Kyûketsuki Dorakyura" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Horror  -  19 August 1980 (Japan)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 117 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 4 critic

In this animated adaptation of the Tomb of Dracula comic book series, Dracula assumes control of a satanic cult and fathers a child through one of his followers, but the forces of both good and evil align themselves against him.

Writers:

(characters), (comic book series Tomb of Dracula), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 1734 titles
created 11 Dec 2011
 
a list of 3114 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 107 titles
created 27 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 16 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Dracula" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dracula (TV Movie 1980)

Dracula (TV Movie 1980) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dracula.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dracula (TV Movie 2002)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Jonathan Harker is a successful real estate agent now living with Mina Murray in Budapest... See full synopsis »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Patrick Bergin, Giancarlo Giannini, Hardy Krüger Jr.
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Khwaja Sarfraz
Stars: Yasmeen Shaukat, Deeba Begum, Habibur Rehman
Drácula (1931)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

At midnight on Walpurgis Night, an English clerk, Renfield, arrives at Count Dracula's castle in the Carpathian Mountains. After signing papers to take over a ruined abbey near London, ... See full summary »

Directors: George Melford, Enrique Tovar Ávalos
Stars: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton
Count Dracula (1970)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jess Franco's version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski
Bram Stoker's Dracula (TV Movie 1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

"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 »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport
Dracula (1979)
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Count Dracula seeks an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence
Dracula (TV Movie 2006)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The Romanian count known as Dracula is summoned to London by Arthur Holmwood. A young Lord who is one the verge of being wed. Unknown to Arthur's future bride Lucy. Her future husband is ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Eagles
Stars: David Suchet, Marc Warren, Dan Stevens
Dracula (1931)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough
Dracula (TV Movie 1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Directors: Kay Lorentz, Paul Vasil
Stars: Lore Lorentz, Werner Vielhaber, Hermann Hartmann
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A girl has frightening visions after visiting an insane asylum where one of the inmates claims to be Drakula and she can not be sure whether they were a nightmare or real.

Director: Károly Lajthay
Stars: Paul Askonas, Carl Goetz, Károly Hatvani
Hay que matar a Drácula (TV Movie 1968)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Alberto Rinaldi
Stars: Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Patricio Contreras, Graciela Dufau
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Kenji Utsumi ...
Dracula (voice)
Hiroko Suzuki ...
Domini (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Janus (voice)
Yasuo Hisamatsu ...
Harker (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Rachel (voice)
Kei'ichi Noda ...
Drake (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ...
Satan (voice)
Reiko Katsura ...
Lilith (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi ...
Lupeski (voice)
Ryo Ishihara ...
Narrator (voice)
Kôji Totani ...
Wheeler (voice)
Masaharu Satô ...
Boyfriend (voice)
Seiko Nakano ...
Mallisa (voice)
Satomi Majima ...
Girl 2 (voice)
Yasurô Tanaka ...
Torgo (voice)
Edit

Storyline

In this animated adaptation of the Tomb of Dracula comic book series, Dracula assumes control of a satanic cult and fathers a child through one of his followers, but the forces of both good and evil align themselves against him.

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Horror

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 August 1980 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Dracula: [sees the burn in his hand] The Sign of the Cross. I have been used as an Instrument of Heaven!
See more »

Connections

Version of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Tomb of Dracula
5 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Marvel Comics. I love all the shows (for the most part) and the movies (again, mostly). I find the characters incredibly interesting and love to know about it. I'm particularly interested in animation. I had read all about Marvel's modern animated movies, but learned that there were two relatively unknown movies: Dracula and The Monster of Frankenstein. Marvel and Toei Animation made a deal to make several of their properties, but those were the only two produced.

Dracula is inspired by The Tomb of Dracula. The comic features Dracula's grandson finding his body and encountering vampire hunters like Blade. I picked up a collected edition and it's quite...odd to say the least (it was the 70s). This film is loosely inspired by the comics and features a few of the characters, but greatly alters the story. Oddly enough, the comics weren't available in Japan at the time so it's an odd choice that this was made above Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, or Hulk.

The film follows both Dracula and his grandson Drake. Dracula meets a woman, falls in love, and has a child. Drake meets a team of vampire hunters and searches for his grandfather. Satan, angry at Dracula for stealing his bride, plans to destroy the vampire lord. The meeting of the three stories eventually leads to a big climatic showdown.

The tone is all over the place. There's a lot of late 70s and early 80s camp, silly hairstyles, plot devices that stretch believability, and other problems that were common in anime at the time. On the other hand, there's a lot of dark stuff. Early on, Dracula graphically kills two women on screen. There's a flashback to his days of Vlad the Impaler which is more historically accurate than most other screen versions (violence-wise). Some of the characters even take a side-trip to Hell. And one female character appears fully naked from the side. I wouldn't say it's scary, but there's a shot of birds picking at dead bodies on pikes (hence the real-life Vlad's nickname) that could be disturbing. I actually applaud the darker elements. That's something almost no one in animation deals with. The problem is, the campier elements make it too silly for adults but the sex and violence make it a bit much for children.

The voice acting is, again, standard for anime at the time. Unless it was Disney or Don Bluth, no one took animation seriously and certainly not anime (Akira being nearly a decade away). At the time, translations were done quickly and cheaply. It seemed that the same ten people did everything anime. The voices work for their purposes but not a one is anything more than adequate.

The animation is astounding. Anime has always featured terrific animation. Characters look realistic, not the oversized hands and eyes that American animation often has. There's a great richness to the images and backgrounds. Lots of interesting looking set pieces, even for tiny little scenes or just single shots. They do have the occasional problem, but it was typical to cheat every once in a while.

Dracula is an interesting tale. I would recommend it to anime and/or Marvel buffs looking for something different. There's actually a lot of interesting ideas. For example, Dracula resents his life as a vampire and his need to consume people, though Let the Right One In would do that idea better. If only this movie was simply a better movie. There's simply too many problems to take this seriously.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This movie kind of changed my life johnrhand-1
Is it just me... daddyahoh
Anyone want to add a potential dub actor? djmasturbeat
Discuss Dracula (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?