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Dracula: The True Story (1997)

The Irish novelist, Bram Stoker, gave the world Dracula in 1897. This documentary explores the historical figure behind the fictional figure of horror and examines medical explanations for the myths of vampires.



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Credited cast:
Steve Barton ... Himself - Vampire Actor
Dan Berindei ... Himself - Historian
Brianna Caradja ... Herself - 27th Generation Great-Granddaughter of Vlad Tepes (as Princess Brianna Caradja)
Paul Daian ... Himself - Vampire Hunter
Raymond McNally ... Himself - Historian
... Himself
Christian Reiter ... Himself - Pathologist


The Irish novelist, Bram Stoker, gave the world Dracula in 1897, a fictional figure of horror derived from a real-life source: the sadistic 15th-century Romanian prince, Vlad the Impaler. Dracula was also formed by Romanian myths involving vampires and the undead. This documentary explores the historical figure behind the creation as well as some possible medical explanations for the myths about the undead rising from the coffins to suck the blood out of the living. Interviews with historians, a pathologist and a modern-day descendant of Vlad Tepes are shown. Clips from Dracula movies and a movie about Vlad Tepes are featured. Written by J. Spurlin

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Good for beginners
25 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

A short German documentary exploring the origins in history of the fictional Dracula, Dracula: THE TRUE STORY is a mixed bag. It's heavy on the information, with plenty of insight into the life and times of Vlad Tepes, aka the infamous Vlad the Impaler, but it's also rather slight and shallow. Anybody who's done the slightest bit of research into the real-life Dracula will know most of this stuff already.

Dracula: THE TRUE STORY works best when looking at historical facts. Elsewhere, there is some padding in the form of cheap reenactments of key sequences from the Bram Stoker novel. Given that the running time is a scant 47 minutes I'm not sure why this stuff was required. Clips are limited to two films, BRAM STOKER'S Dracula and the original silent version of NOSFERATU. Roman Polanski is randomly interviewed as well. Bizarrely, the version I saw rendered all flesh tones in green and blue, making it an even more off-the-wall documentary.

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