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Dracula (1974)

TV-14 | | Horror | TV Movie 8 February 1974
Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.

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... Dracula
... Arthur
... Van Helsing
Pamela Brown ... Mrs. Westenra
... Lucy
... Mina
... Jonathan Harker
Virginia Wetherell ... Dracula's Wife (as Virginia Wetherall)
Barbara Lindley ... Dracula's Wife
... Dracula's Wife
... Innkeeper
... Innkeeper's Wife (as Hanna-Maria Pravda)
... Zookeeper
Fred Stone ... Priest
Roy Spencer ... Whitby Inn Clerk
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Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.

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The romantic subplot of Dracula attempting to recapture the reincarnation of a long-lost lover who died/committed suicide/is murdered, etc., has been used in so many movie versions of the Dracula story (including Francis Ford Coppola's famed version in the 1990's), that many who have not read the book, actually believe it is part of the original novel; it is not. It appears here, in this version, for the first time and was actually cribbed from director/producer Dan Curtis' own hit daytime soap opera from the '60's, Dark Shadows (ABC-TV; 1966-1971). The first daytime program to feature supernaturally-themed plots, Dark Shadows became a raging hit & international sensation when, for four years, it introduced & featured a 175-year-old vampire attempting to use his powers to be rejoined with his 18th century fiancée who had committed suicide.

Stoker's vampire is a decidedly amoral & evil character who entraps Mina Harker in the novel into drinking his blood so that he may possess her & thereby, gain access to the "investigation" in which Van Helsing & the others are engaged; he already has three "wives" back at the castle. "Long lost love" is furthest from his mind in pursuing Mina. See more »

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At 3:14 as the victorious king noisily approaches the body of the drowned Elizabeth, her eye & eyebrow clearly flinch. See more »

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One of the best takes on Bram Stoker's Dracula Ever
10 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

At first glance, Jack Palance would seem to be the wrong type for the lead in this television version of DRACULA; but once the movie is well under way, he is purely magnificent in the role. He admittedly truly got "into" the character, so much so that he sometimes feared he might never be able to get out again!

In the disastrous 1990's we were fed Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, which was a huge disappointment. It stole elements from this 1973 version, most notably the idea of Dracula as a more sympathetic character searching for the reincarnation of his old lover (here she's played by the stunning Fiona Lewis). But the 1992 version failed miserably because we grew to really like Dracula, and that should NEVER happen. But with this Dan Curtis production, we can feel sad for the Count's dilemma, yet still fear and despise him as the villain despite his tragedy. Palance's vampire comes off as a monster, but with just a hint of his past life of humanity which even he seems to miss.

The direction is sound, and the scenery is simple but atmospheric.

To this date, not one version of Stoker's novel has been adapted exactly as he intended it, including this one. There are liberties taken here, but it still remains a better choice than the Coppola film. This is a relatively unseen item that should be re-discovered.


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