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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Dracula
Simon Ward ... Arthur
Nigel Davenport ... Van Helsing
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Mrs. Westenra
Fiona Lewis ... Lucy
Penelope Horner ... Mina
Murray Brown ... Jonathan Harker
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Dracula's Wife (as Virginia Wetherall)
Barbara Lindley Barbara Lindley ... Dracula's Wife
Sarah Douglas ... Dracula's Wife
George Pravda ... Innkeeper
Hana Maria Pravda ... Innkeeper's Wife (as Hanna-Maria Pravda)
Reg Lye ... Zookeeper
Fred Stone Fred Stone ... Priest
Roy Spencer Roy Spencer ... Whitby Inn Clerk
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula See more »

Filming Locations:

Trakoscan Castle, Croatia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Latglen Ltd. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As Holmwood and Van Helsing explore Dracula's castle, they briefly stop to examine an iron maiden torture device, most likely a reference to the Bram Stoker short story "The Squaw," in which the main character meets his end inside such a device. See more »

Goofs

When Dracula hurls the man out of the upper story window of the hotel, the cushion that breaks the stuntman's fall can be briefly seen in the lower left corner of the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions were created, one for American television and a slightly gorier print for theatrical distribution in Europe. The European version first surfaced on VHS in America in the 1980s hosted by Elvira. In 2002, the TV version was released on DVD by MPI, and they subsequently issued the theatrical version on blu-ray in 2014. See more »

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Scary when I was 10; scary now!
29 September 2002 | by mlevansSee all my reviews

Few people remember that Jack Palance--better known as a rough Western character and elderly machismo cologne huckster--played Dracula. For any 10-11-year-olds in 1973, who saw this TV movie, however, his performance will never be forgotten!

I got a chance to see this version of the classic tale as adult a few years ago and found that it is still a fine film. Palance brings something unique to the vampire role. Somewhere between Max Schreck's hideous rat-like Count Orlok and the debonair Lugosi/Lee/Langela Dracula, Palance may well exude some sort of animal magnetism to women, but is still a hideous fanged beast on the prowl. The scene of him trying to get into the locked hotel room of the two women still gives me shivers. Few Draculas ever barred their fangs and hissed as Palance did--although this has seemed to be a popular move for female vampires.

Jack Palance will never be the first or second (or third) name associated with film vampires. For those who saw him in the role, though, it is hard to ever forget his Dracula. Watch it if you get the chance!


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