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

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German

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1997 (Germany) See more »

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Langbein & Skalnik See more »
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13 October 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dracula: The True Story (1997)

** (out of 4)

This documentary was released 100 years after Bram Stoker's novel and tries to tell people about the author, the original man the Dracula character is based off of and various traditions of the time that played into the story.

I must admit that there's a great bit of knowledge given in this documentary as historians as well as a relative of Vlad Tepes are interviewed and discuss a wide range of subjects. These interviews certainly give off some good information but does it really matter if you're bored by what you're watching? I thought the documentary was cheaply produced and this is especially true when it comes to the various bits of stock footage that are used. We get clips from NOSFERATU (1922) throughout and I'm guessing it's this film because it is in the public domain and the clips are free.

The narration is rather dry and this doesn't help matters. It also doesn't help that he also narrates the interviewees who don't speak English. Dracula: THE TRUE STORY has some good bits of information but you'd be better off reading a book instead.


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