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Lugosi, the Dark Prince (2006)

Video  |   |  Documentary, Short  |  26 September 2006 (USA)
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Film historians, and producer Richard Gordon, talk about the horror movie career of cult star Bela Lugosi.


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Credited cast:
Gregory W. Mank ...
Himself (as Gregory William Mank)
Steve Haberman ...
Peter Atkins ...
Richard Gordon ...
Kim Newman ...
Christopher Wicking ...
Darryl Jones ...
Himself, film historian
Christopher Frayling ...
Ramsey Campbell ...
Jimmy Sangster ...
Steve Jones ...
Himself (as Stephen Jones)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)


Film historians, and producer Richard Gordon, talk about the horror movie career of cult star Bela Lugosi.

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Enjoyable Look at Lugosi's Film Career
16 February 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Very nice featurette about legendary horror actor Bela Lugosi. It makes great use of its short runtime and moves along briskly. They bounce from one talking head to another, offering opinions and anecdotes about the man and his films. They spend the first ten minutes or so on Dracula before moving on to his other films. Much is made about his Karloff rivalry and the exceptional films that they made together. It ends with a look at the sad final years when Bela was making the wretched stuff he did in the '50s, such as the Ed Wood movies. But at all times the tone is respectful towards Lugosi, although some gentle ribbing does take place. The talking heads featured here include Joe Dante, Jimmy Sangster, Kim Newman, Steve Haberman, and Richard Gordon, among others.

There is one amusing off-topic note about one of these gentlemen. If you have watched many other classic film DVD featurettes or read any of his books, you will recognize Gregory W. Mank. I just recently rewatched the Mummy DVD featurette from 1999 and it's obvious Mr. Mank underwent quite the makeover between then and his 2006 appearance here. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it gave me a chuckle. Watch both and see what you think.

They don't really get into Lugosi's life before films. Part of me didn't mind as I wanted to see more info on these various movies I love and I had already read biographies on Bela before. But other viewers might feel the featurette is lacking by this approach. I would recommend you also watch The Road to Dracula featurette that was on most of the Universal DVD releases of Dracula. It features some insights into pre-Dracula Lugosi, as well as more on how he got the part. That featurette, as well as this one, is informative fun that will please most fans.

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