60 Dracula Movies Ranked from Best to Worst

by Cineanalyst | created - 20 Dec 2017 | updated - 29 Jul 2020 | Public

After reading Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula," I viewed a bunch of Dracula movies. This is a ranking of all of them that I've reviewed. This list ranges from fairly faithful adaptations, to loose reworkings and movies that hardly have anything to do with Dracula besides character names. This isn't an exhaustive list, although I believe I've seen most of the Dracula movies I care to see for now, and I'll add to the list if I view any more. For my full reviews at IMDb for these movies, a link is posted at the bottom of each movie's brief summary in this list, or you may click on my user name to link to my IMDb page to look through all of my reviews.

Also check out my ranking of Frankenstein films.

And my ranking of Dorian Gray pictures.

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My average rating of ranked movies: 4.4 stars.

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1. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Horror, Musical

84 Metascore

A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", stylized as an Expressionistic silent film.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, CindyMarie Small

Votes: 2,044 | Gross: $0.06M

I didn't expect my favorite adaptation of a Victorian-era Gothic horror story to be a postmodern silent-film ballet originally intended for Canadian TV, but it is. Director Guy Maddin and company merge the styles of two mute art forms, ballet and silent film, with their own codes of silent gestures, and no film adaptation has better depicted the sexual and xenophobic themes of Stoker's tale.

My Full Review

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 92,785

The earliest Dracula film still known to exist, F.W. Murnau's loose, unauthorized, silent-film adaptation of Stoker's novel introduced shadows to the Count, made sunlight an existential threat to him and began the oft-reused incident of him being fascinated by an image of the Mina/Lucy-type character - none of which Stoker wrote. But the film's association of the vampire with the plague is faithful to the spirit of Stoker's subtext of vampirism as portending natural disease.

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3. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 41,139 | Gross: $8.29M

A fictional telling of the making of the above 1922 "Nosferatu," wherein actor Max Schreck (in an Oscar-nominated performance by Willem Dafoe) is either an incredible method actor or a real vampire pretending to be an actor pretending to be a vampire. Film itself is also treated as a vampire, especially as embodied by the zealous director F.W. Murnau (as played by John Malkovich).

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4. Dracula (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula bends a naive real estate agent to his will, then takes up residence at a London estate where he sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims by night.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 49,693

One of the most influential films of all time, this early talkie essentially invented the horror genre in Hollywood and inspired Universal to launch its series of monster movies, as well as encouraging other studios to make their own shockers. It also introduced the most iconic performance of Dracula ever with Bela Lugosi's suave Count, with mesmerizing eyes highlighted by cinematographer Karl Freund. Lugosi's wonderful accent gave us the since-oft-repeated non-Stoker line, "I never drink... wine." If the film weren't so stagy in its later scenes, I'd rank it higher.

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5. Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Passed | 60 min | Horror, Mystery

When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires, but not all is what it seems.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 4,727

Unofficially, director Tod Browning's (of the film above) third try at Stoker's tale and a remake of his first, now-lost attempt, "London After Midnight" (1927). In some ways, it's an improvement on Browning's 1931 "Dracula," and it plays on Bela Lugosi's star image from that film in an interesting, self-reflexive way.

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6. Drácula (1931)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends.

Director: George Melford | Stars: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, Pablo Álvarez Rubio

Votes: 4,387

Filmed at nights while the English-language version listed above was made in the days, Universal's Spanish-language version is an interesting take on the same script and sets but by another cast and crew. In some ways better and in other ways worse--and in still other ways just different--, it remains the best adaptation of the Catholic proselytizing in Stoker's novel because of its Spanish-language orientation.

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7. Dracula in Istanbul (1953)

102 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Azmi is a lawyer from Istanbul. Drakula of Romania has assumed a new title. Azmi travels to Romania for legal matters. He is warned of Drakula but Azmi is a strong believer of goodness.

Director: Mehmet Muhtar | Stars: Annie Ball, Cahit Irgat, Ayfer Feray, Bülent Oran

Votes: 443

Another case of the orientation of the filmmakers and intended audience providing a greater context to an aspect of Stoker's book, "Drakula Istanbul'da" might be the first and only Dracula movie to benefit from mentioning the historical Vlad the Impaler, whose minor influence on Stoker has since been blown out of proportion. But, for this Turkish production, it adds resonance to the invasion threat of this fictional descendant of the real man who gruesomely killed thousands of Turks. Being a low-budget, non-Hollywood production, for a primarily non-Christian domestic audience, it also adapts the familiar story in other interesting and sometimes amusing ways.

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8. Horror of Dracula (1958)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Horror

67 Metascore

Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to hunt the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 23,777

Hammer shook up the vampire movie indefinitely with its blood-and-bosoms formula and red-blooded color filming introduced here, its first of nine Dracula movies. It's a bare-bones and action-paced adaptation and remains the best in the Hammer series, introducing Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Dracula. It also introduced elaborate make-up-enhanced visual effects and the makeshift-cross trope to vampire movies.

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9. Blood for Dracula (1974)

R | 106 min | Horror

An ailing vampire count travels to Italy with his servant to find a bride.

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry

Votes: 5,536 | Gross: $0.28M

Campy, exploitative, grotesque and well-made low-budget reworking of the Dracula tale, sending the vampire to Italy in search of virgin blood. This Count is more concerned with chastity than is the Church, and his aristocratic ways meet their match in a rapacious Red working man with an axe to grind.

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10. Vampir-Cuadecuc (1971)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Horror

An analysis of the construction mechanism for the magic in dominant narrative cinema though the filming of Count Dracula (1970), a commercial film by Jesús Franco.

Director: Pere Portabella | Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor

Votes: 672

An experimental documentary following the making of Jesus Franco's poor international 1970 Dracula, listed much farther below, "Cuadecuc vampir" is a mostly silent rendition that retells much of the Dracula narrative, which kind of makes having watched Franco's bad movie worth it, and it includes the best mirror scene of any Dracula film in its only talking sequence.

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11. Love at First Bite (1979)

PG | 96 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Dragoti | Stars: George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Dick Shawn

Votes: 5,589 | Gross: $43.89M

The funniest Dracula parody out there, tanned George Hamilton is a hilarious vampire, who reluctantly invades America after the Communists evict him from his Romanian castle. And I love this play on Stoker's line, "Children of the night, shut up!"

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12. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

40 Metascore

The vampire Mamuwalde (Blacula) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam Grier, Michael Conrad

Votes: 2,564 | Gross: $2.18M

A sequel that's better than the original, it continues the themes of race and a racist police force from the first "Blacula," while dropping the stupid reincarnation romance and replacing it with a strong Mina-type heroine and Voodoo religious leader (played by Pam Grier)--probably the best reworking of Stoker's religion since the 1931 Spanish-language "Dracula" and one of the more anti-sexist Dracula-type films made.

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13. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

R | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford, Linda Hayden

Votes: 5,777

The best of Hammer's Dracula sequels, this fifth rendition in the series aptly merges Stoker's exploitation of Victorian England's sexual hypocrisy with Hammer's catering to its target audience of Vietnam-era youth. This time, the Count is like the Id monster from "Forbidden Planet" (1956), fulfilling the wishes of a rebellious youth movement against the duplicity of their fathers.

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14. Van Helsing (2004)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

The famed monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula, who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for nefarious purposes.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley

Votes: 255,223 | Gross: $120.18M

Hugh Jackman is more X-Men's Wolverine than Stoker's Van Helsing here, but at least its Dracula is more like Stoker's Count than the weak or lovesick vamps that comprise much of the rest of this list. This monster rally is also over-filled with characters and CGI, but it employs the camera to some use within the action and is, thus, more fun to watch than the prior year's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," listed far below.

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15. The Return of the Vampire (1943)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Horror

When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch, Roland Varno

Votes: 2,184 | Gross: $1.09M

If not concerned with copyright infringement, this Columbia shocker could've been named, "Dracula Meets the Wolf Man." Lugosi plays the vampire again, and this time he's an allegory for German invasions in WWI and WWII. Might be the first movie to resurrect a vampire by removing a stake from his heart, which was reused in "House of Frankenstein" (1944).

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16. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 6,408 | Gross: $3.00M

The camp doesn't mix too well with the social commentary in this blaxploitation flick, but the allegory of vampirism to racism in urban America is a worthy translation of Stoker's themes to the exploitation genre.

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17. Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Fantasy, Horror

57 Metascore

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 204,820 | Gross: $82.52M

Highly stylized--even gaudy--and definitely not a faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." It adapts the reincarnation romance from the 1974 TV movie listed far below, as well as from "Blacula" (1972), and it takes some other non-Stoker elements from other Dracula films. On the plus side, Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation doesn't shy away from the source's sex, and the film introduces the then-new invention of cinema to a story that featured several then-new inventions--although the filmmakers miss the reason for these inventions: for Stoker, they were used to defeat the ancient Count; here, they're merely part of the film's decorations.

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18. Dracula and Son (1976)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

Son grows up with father, leaves to go to big city in 1979. Father follows and tries to survive as a vampire in a modern world. Son finds girl, decides not to be a vampire anymore. Great ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Christopher Lee, Bernard Menez, Marie-Hélène Breillat, Catherine Breillat

Votes: 602

A light and sometimes amusing, if poorly plotted, vampire parody with Lee is his last Dracula-esque role. The otherwise-tired reincarnation romance is reinvigorated here by turning it into an Oedipal complex and love triangle involving the Count and his son. There's also some self-reflexive scenes where Lee plays a vampire playing a vampire in a film-within-the-film.

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19. The Return of Dracula (1958)

PG | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, John Wengraf

Votes: 1,313

Dracula invades suburban California in this poverty-row production where vampirism becomes a metaphor for contemporary Cold War politics. Czech-born Frances Lederer had the best accent for the role since Lugosi. It might be the first movie to show that vampires can't be photographed.

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20. House of Frankenstein (1944)

Passed | 71 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A deranged scientist escapes from prison and recruits Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and the Wolf Man to get revenge on his behalf.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine

Votes: 6,587

John Carradine's Dracula is an afterthought in this light but fun monster-rally sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).

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21. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Wolf Man tries to warn a dimwitted porter that Dracula wants his brain for Frankenstein monster's body.

Directors: Charles Barton, Walter Lantz | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi

Votes: 17,013 | Gross: $4.80M

Sure, the humor is largely outdated, but this trend-setting monster-rally comedy is still a lot of fun. That Dracula's reflection is seen through the mirror in one scene, however, is a continuing source of frustration for me (otherwise, I'd rank this higher).

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22. Dracula Bites the Big Apple (1979)

22 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Dracula travels to New York for a change of scenery.

Director: Richard Wenk | Stars: Peter Loewy, Barry Gomolka, Karen Tull, Steve Rubell

Votes: 108

A short Dracula parody that's similar to the same year's feature-length "Love at First Bite" listed above. Both extend Dracula's Western travels all the way to New York, where they're assisted by Renfield, and both are full of rapid-fire, if sometimes dated, gags. A musical number and moments of breaking the fourth wall are highlights.

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23. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Western

Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: David Carradine, Morgan Brittany, Bruce Campbell, Jim Metzler

Votes: 2,757

Another Dracula-related comedy, this one mixes the vampire and western genres, while ignoring Stoker's book entirely except to steal a couple character names. It's fun in a goofy B-picture kind of way--just don't expect anything especially witty.

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24. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 31,036 | Gross: $3.77M

This kiddie monster rally has some charm and is well paced except for the slow movements of its hardly-menacing monsters, which include the entire gang of Dracula, Frankenstein's creature, the Wolf Man, Gillman, the Mummy and three vampire brides.

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At one-hour-and-a-quarter length, this Czech TV movie is the best option if one merely wants to get the gist of Stoker's story in a relatively short movie. It even manages to retain some of the book's epistolary plotting by focusing on the diary entries and narration of Jonathan Harker. Otherwise, the poor production values are what you'd expect from a 1971 TV movie, but at least it doesn't over extend itself like a couple of other 1970s TV movies listed below.

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26. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 34,529

Werner Herzog's remake of the 1922 "Nosferatu" suffers from turning the Count into a heavy-breathing, lovesick clown (as played by Klaus Kinski) and from its deathly-slow pacing and stiff acting. Otherwise, the drab cinematography fits well with the plague theme.

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27. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror

While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang | Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege, Han Chen Wang

Votes: 4,098

Hammer ended its Dracula series on a mixed note with this 9th incarnation--mixing the horror genre with that of kung fu. It's best when appreciated as camp.

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28. Dracula's Dog (1977)

R | 87 min | Horror

Communist soldiers accidentally unleash the part-vampire servant of Dracula, as well as his vampire dog, during excavations in Romania. Together, they set out for America to find the last ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Band | Stars: José Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Jan Shutan, Libby Chase

Votes: 1,347

So-bad-it's-good film that is surprisingly average technically but predictably ridiculous in its premise of a vampire dog, who along with his Renfield-type master, are on a quest to turn the last of the Dracula clan in modern-day USA into their vampiric overlord.

29. Son of Dracula (1943)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When Katherine, a beautiful Southern girl obsessed with thoughts of eternal life, invites Count Alucard to come to her mansion in the U.S., she unleashes a Pandora's box of horror on unsuspecting relatives and neighbors.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton, Evelyn Ankers

Votes: 5,075

Another Dracula film that erroneously reveals the Count to have a reflection, this updating of Dracula to the American South is a mixed bag. Contrary to some critical opinions, the mustached and super-strong Lon Chaney Jr. is a decent Count, and he's more faithful to Stoker than the suave renditions of Dracula started by Lugosi. The use of mist as a vampiric form and the foggy floating swamp scene are standouts.

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30. Count Dracula (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 150 min | Drama, Horror

The vampire count leaves his Transylvanian home to wreak havoc across the world.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon, Judi Bowker

Votes: 1,467

Possibly the most faithful adaptation of Stoker's novel, this TV movie is otherwise not that good. It suffers from its poor TV production values, but the not-so-Stoker exaggeration of Dracula as a cult leader struggling as a counterweight to Catholicism, and Renfield's struggle between the two forces, is well conceived.

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31. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews

Votes: 9,498 | Gross: $0.80M

So-so third installment in Hammer's Dracula series sees the return of Christopher Lee as the Count in one of the series' most graphic scenes. Dracula's daring raid on a monastery reworks Stoker's Renfield subplot unused by Hammer's '58 adaptation. This is also the first of Hammer's films to invent water as a weakness of vampires--as if Hammer's vampires weren't already weak enough.

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32. House of Dracula (1945)

Approved | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The Wolf Man and Count Dracula beg Dr. Edelman to cure them of their killing instincts but Dracula schemes to seduce the doctor's nurse.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Onslow Stevens, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr., Martha O'Driscoll

Votes: 5,226

Universal's Dracula, Frankenstein monster, Wolf Man, a mad scientist and a hunchback return again in this sequel that inconsistently respects or disregards where the last movie left off. Although Dracula gets more screen time this go around, and the mad scientist adds a variation on Jekyll/Hyde to the mix, the lack of the journey plot from "House of Frankenstein" makes this one feel slightly more episodic and lacking.

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33. London After Midnight (2002 TV Movie)

47 min | Drama, Horror

A reconstruction, made from still photographs, of the lost 1927 Tod Browning film London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney .

Director: Rick Schmidlin | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Andy MacLennan, Polly Moran

Votes: 289

A reconstruction of the lost 1927 silent film, this is the closest thing to seeing what looks to have been an interesting film. Mostly relying on stills, however, this reconstruction is itself rather non-cinematic.

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34. Nocturna (1979)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

Dracula's granddaughter falls in love with a disco guitarist and runs away to New York City with him.

Director: Harry Hurwitz | Stars: Nai Bonet, John Carradine, Yvonne De Carlo, Theodore Gottlieb

Votes: 250

Forget the vampire-human romance about Dracula's granddaughter trying to be human through disco dancing and just try to bare through the bad dialogue and acting, to get to the groovy soundtrack. If you don't like disco music, then I wouldn't recommend this one. It doesn't really have anything else going for it.

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35. Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When Countess Marya Zaleska appears in London, mysterious events occur leading Dr. Von Helsing to believe the Countess must be a vampire.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 6,431

Dull sequel to the 1931 "Dracula," it features some psychobabble and a misogynist narrative, but Gloria Holden is a worthy successor to Lugosi, and the homosexual overtones of same-sex vampire biting is more explicit this time.

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36. The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur, Freda Jackson

Votes: 7,362

Another dull Dracula sequel, this time from Hammer's followup to its '58 film. Despite its misleading title, it neither features Dracula, nor his brides; instead, we get kid-vamp Baron Meister, but, at least, Peter Cushing returns as Van Helsing.

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37. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

47 Metascore

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Votes: 237,894 | Gross: $148.31M

Like Count Chocula, it's a mere caricature of Stoker's Dracula, overly sweet and not very good for you.

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38. Dracula Untold (2014)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

40 Metascore

As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

Director: Gary Shore | Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson

Votes: 187,203 | Gross: $56.28M

Batman Begins. A superhero origins story for Dracula which goes all-in on Stoker's slight suggestion that the Count was originally the historical Vlad the Impaler. A potential sequel is set up via a reincarnation romance, and it's racist in a watered-down "300" (2006) kind of way.

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39. The Vampire Happening (1971)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

An American actress inherits a castle in Transylvania. What she doesn't know is that her ancestor, the Baroness Catali, was in actuality a vampire countess, and emerges from her tomb to ravage the nearby village and Catholic seminary.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Pia Degermark, Thomas Hunter, Yvor Murillo, Ingrid van Bergen

Votes: 538

A bad movie that's derivative of Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), but the film indicates that the filmmakers had no pretensions otherwise. Might be worth a look if you enjoy intentionally bad sex comedies, and at least it's better than the same director's "Dracula has Risen from the Grave" (1968), listed below.

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40. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

R | 87 min | Horror

This is the eighth film in Hammer's Dracula series, and the seventh and final one to feature Christopher Lee as Dracula and the fourth one with Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. This film takes... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Coles, William Franklyn

Votes: 5,761

The 8th film in Hammer's Dracula series has a promising premise involving the Count as the head of a corporation and a Satanic cult in the present day, but gets tangled up by Hammer's typically weak vampires.

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41. Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Mel Brooks ' parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks, Peter MacNicol, Steven Weber

Votes: 40,503 | Gross: $10.77M

Another bad vampire parody, Mel Brooks failed to recapture the glory of "Young Frankenstein" (1974), which isn't to say this one's without a few laughs, too.

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42. Dracula (1974 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 98 min | Drama, Horror

Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport, Pamela Brown

Votes: 2,031

The first Dracula adaptation to include a reincarnation romance, which is nowhere to be found in Stoker's novel, and to blow way out of proportion the book's connection to the historical Vlad the Impaler. But, sadly, not the last.

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43. Dracula (1979)

R | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

67 Metascore

In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 9,673 | Gross: $20.16M

This disco adaptation of Stoker's story suffers from being made into a dime-romance novel and from being based on the same play as the 1931 films. Also, a vampire's reflection appears in water, while the same vampire and Dracula don't cast ones in mirrors. A boyishly-handsome Frank Langella is way too suave as the Count. And, it's sexist.

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44. Scars of Dracula (1970)

R | 95 min | Horror

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town where all the traces end to look for him.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Christopher Matthews

Votes: 5,428

Hammer's sixth Dracula film includes a few particulars from Stoker's novel, including the Count climbing walls, but it doesn't do anything interesting thematically beyond redecorating the interiors of Castle Dracula in a red theme befitting of his blood lust. Otherwise, it's sexist and full of cheap fake bats.

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