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Dracula (1979 film)

3 Ratings: 4.3
The 1979 remake directed by John Badham.

Dracula is a 1979 horror film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula. The film was directed by John Badham and the cinematography was by Gilbert Taylor. The original music score is composed by renowned composer John Williams. The film also starred … see full wiki

Director: John Badham
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Release Date: July 13, 1979
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Dracula (1979 film)

An interesting version of the gothic tale

  • Mar 13, 2011
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Dracula, who must avoid sunlight and travel in a crate, who can transform himself into a bat, wolf, or mist, sails to England, and kills everyone on board the ship as a wolf. The ship crashes into the English shore. He is invited into a house for supper. He abuses the invitation by hypnotizing a young beautiful girl to remove her headache, and gains control of her will. That night, he climbs the walls of her house, enters her bedroom, and sucks her blood through her neck, which she allows. The next morning, she is dead. She is drained of blood and has two bite marks on her neck. Her father, Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Lawrence Olivier) is summoned from Holland. He realizes that she was killed by a vampire.

Dracula invites the girl's friend, another beautiful young girl, to his home after the first girl's funeral, and charms her. When she returns home, Van Helsing hands her a cross and tells her to wear it. She says she will, but does not. That night, Dracula climbs through her window into her bedroom and she welcomes him. He bites her neck and draws out blood, which she allows. Then he cuts his chest and she drinks his blood. She is now a vampire and his willing slave. He does not kill her because he admires how she stood up to him, before he controlled her.

Helsing, the second girl's father, and her fiancée do all they can to fight and destroy Dracula and free the girl from his clutches. She rejects them, fights them, and even tries to drink her fiancée's blood. Dracula snatches the girl and runs from them. He and the girl are in a ship in a crate bound for Romania. Helsing, her father, and her fiancée are rushing after them. Viewers will be in suspense to find out who succeeds and will be surprised by the film's ending.
An interesting version of the gothic tale An interesting version of the gothic tale

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May 26, 2011
How did the film compare with any "Dracula" reads you've read?
June 02, 2011
I agree with your kind critique. I should do more than just summarise the film. I will do so in the future. You also prompted me to get the Dracula book and a movie version of it. I will read and view them. Thanks for for help. You are nice.
June 03, 2011
I liked the film review, Israel, so no need to improve on that. The summaries are helpful because they help me decide if I want to see it or not. I just always ask about comparisons to the book versions since Cafe Libri focuses on reading related topics. I love film to book comparisons! They are a lot of fun to read! 

I can't wait to read your thoughts about the book and the movie version of the book. Can you send me an email with the reviews when you are finished? I'm sure they will be great! 
June 03, 2011
Thank you for your reply. I have the book on Dracula and the film version, but I am backlogged with books that amazon and publishers send to me to review. There are twelve books in the queue right now and two publishers said that three books are in the mail, and two authors said they are sending me books. So I will do it but I do not know when. Please send me your emil address to my email address and I will let you know when I read and view Dracula - iddrazin@comcast.net.
June 03, 2011
No problem. There's no rush on my end. I'm just interested. I hear you about being backlogged too! I am in the same situation! I'll email you right now, Israel!
 
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