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Count Dracula (1970)

Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (original title)
PG | | Horror | 12 October 1973 (USA)
Jesús 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 (as Jesse Franco)

Writers:

Erich Kröhnke (story) (as Erik Krohenke), Augusto Finocchi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Dracula
Klaus Kinski ... Reinfierd (as Klaus Kinsky)
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Van Helsing
Maria Rohm ... Mina Harker
Fred Williams ... Jonathan Harker
Soledad Miranda ... Lucy Westenra
Paul Muller ... Dr. Seward
Jack Taylor ... Quincey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Castellani Franco Castellani ... Renfield's Warden
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Jesús 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.

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Release Date:

12 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bram Stoker's Count Dracula See more »

Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is Sir Christopher Lee's only appearance as Count Dracula with facial hair. See more »

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In the Italian version, "Renfield" is misspelled in the end credits as "Reinferd". See more »

Quotes

Count Dracula: One of my race crossed the Danube a destroyed the Turkish host.Though sometimes beaten back he came again and again then at the end he came again for he alone could triumph.This was a Dracula indeed.
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A 90-minute US version has the church-choir music removed from the climactic scenes, and tighter editing of those scenes. See more »

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Count Dracula (1970) **1/2
1 March 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

"El Conde Dracula" is Spanish director Jess Franco's faithful yet flawed take on the Bram Stoker novel, with Christopher Lee taking a break from his British Hammer series to play the infamous vampire. Lee had high hopes for the film because Franco intended to adhere closely to the book. I think there are things to admire about this version, beginning with Lee's accurate portrayal of an old Dracula who grows steadily younger as he drinks more blood. Many of the Gothic locations are impressive as well, and it's a plus to have Klaus Kinski as Renfield and Herbert Lom as Van Helsing. The problem is that this movie, much like the 1931 Lugosi film, starts out very well and has its best moments in the beginning (say the first half hour) before growing tedious. It's a shame too, because this could have turned out to be the most faithful Dracula adaptation ever done, had Franco tried a little harder. His overbearing need to zoom in to characters' faces becomes so repetitious that you begin to anticipate it after awhile, along with the same ongoing musical cues. It also has a disappointing climax.

It's certainly a Dracula movie worth seeing for fans of the genre, but it is hypnotically draggy at times (then again, so was the book!). It should be mentioned that the print used for the newly released Dark Sky DVD is missing a really effective sequence where a crying woman outside Dracula's castle pleads desperately for the Count to return her little baby to her. **1/2 out of ****


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