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Count Dracula (1970)

Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (original title)
PG | | Drama, Horror | 12 October 1973 (USA)
Count Dracula, a gray-haired vampire who regains his youth by dining on the blood of maidens, is pursued in London and Transylvania by Professor Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris after he victimizes them and their loved ones.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jesse Franco, Jess Franco, Jesus Franco Manera)

Writers:

Bram Stoker (novel), Erich Kröhnke (story) (as Erik Krohenke) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Christopher Lee ... Count Dracula
Herbert Lom ... Professor Van Helsing
Klaus Kinski ... Renfield
Maria Rohm ... Mina
Fred Williams ... Jonathan (as Frederick Williams)
Soledad Miranda ... Lucy
Jack Taylor ... Quincey
Paul Muller ... Dr. Seward
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Storyline

This is Franco's version of Bram Stoker's Dracula and a non Hammer production film to star Christopher Lee as the Count once again. An English lawyer travels to Transylvania to meet his client Count Dracula for property matters. While staying in a lodge at Bistritz for the night, he is warned by the caretaker's wife against continuing his journey the following day. The lawyer ignores her warning as pure superstitious beliefs n sets off for the rest of his journey and arrives at the Borgo Pass where he's picked up by the Count's mysterious coachman. After reaching the Count's castle, he is welcomed by a thin, tall, gaunt old man who introduces himself as Count Dracula. Written by Fella_shibby@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

This is the first movie in which, as in the novel, Dracula begins as an old man and becomes younger as he feeds. See more »

Goofs

When the massive boulder is pushed over the wall, it glances off the horse's head without any effect on the horse whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Count Dracula: [howling is heard from outside] The children of the night... what music they make.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits (English and Spanish prints only): "Over fifty years ago Bram Stoker wrote the greatest of all horror stories. Now, for the first time, we retell, exactly as he wrote, one of the first - and still the best - tales of the macabre." See more »

Alternate Versions

German DVD includes the scene of a gypsy woman, deleted from the US version. See more »

Connections

Version of Dracula: The Impaler (2013) See more »

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This film has the requisite quality of "creepiness."
12 August 1999 | by Randolph-3See all my reviews

Despite some relatively poor production values, this film has the requisite quality of "creepiness" that any good Dracula film really should have. Kinski is fine. This is also Christopher Lee's most accurate performance as the Count. Too bad the editing is so jumpy. It's almost like watching a documentary, or an antique silent film (but with sound). If they had just invested a little more money, this could have become "the" authentic film adaptation of the novel. As it stands, it is only for real devotees of the genre.


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English | Spanish | Italian | German

Release Date:

12 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Murcia, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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