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Old 12-07-07, 06:08 AM
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Recommend some good Dracula flicks

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I just watched the original Dracula with Bella Legousi. I thought it was....OK, nothing to write home about. I'm about to watch the other three films in the collection: Daughter, Son, and House of Dracula.

Now I'm hearing about this other classic film called Nosferatu. Is Nosferatu any good? Is it better or worse than Bela's Dracula? I heard it's a silent film so that kinda put me off a little.

Also, I hear Christopher Lee made quite a few Dracula flicks. Which ones are among his best?

I've seen The Copola version with Oldman and I thought was tastefully(pardon the pun) done

Van Hellsing was garbage.
Old 12-07-07, 06:16 AM
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Horror Of Dracula (1958) Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing
Old 12-07-07, 10:21 AM
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The original Bela Lugosi Dracula is an acquired taste. It's actually a little better and faster-moving in the Spanish-language version. To me, the best pic in the series is Dracula's Daughter (1936), for atmosphere, creepiness, humour, theatrics, art direction, etc.





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Two "biting" satires come high on my list: Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967):

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and Mel Brooks's Dracula: Dead and Loving It, which is a swift kick in the pants to every version ever made (1995):

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I hope you saw Bram Stoker's Dracula in the SuperBit version and not in the awful new "decolourized" transfer.

For Nosferatu (1922), one the most important films in the history of cinema, see: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=514509

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ditto.

I also really enjoy Dracula (1979) with Frank Langella as the sexy bloodsucker.
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Definitely Nosferatu.
Old 12-07-07, 11:52 AM
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Horror Of Dracula is one of my favorite Christopher Lee's flick.
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Old 12-07-07, 11:55 AM
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Another vote for Murnau's Nosferatu.

Also check this one out :



I also like this one but it is not for all tastes :

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Frank Langella as 70's-era disco-Drac was pretty good. It's not an amazing film, but it has great cinematography, plus Donald Pleasence and Lawrence Olivier are in it.
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Not mentioned, but I think one of the best Dracula movies is the 1977 BBC "Count Dracula" with Louis Jourdan. Newly out on DVD, it's top-notch and one of the most faithful adaptations.

"Horror of Dracula" is definately the place to start for Christopher Lee's take on Dracula.

Don't feel too bad about not being overly impressed with Lugosi's Dracula. It hasn't aged as well as other Universal classic monster movies (it's more "stagey" than theatrical - they really didn't do as much as they could have to spice up the stage production which this was based on). As mentioned, Dracula's Daughter is the sleeper of that set. But it underplays the horror elements, so it might not be "vampiric" enough for some.
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Originally Posted by inri222
Another vote for Murnau's Nosferatu.

Also check this one out :


Yeah I'm definitely gonna check of these out...but which one would you recommend? The original by Murnau or the remake? Does the remake have English spoken dialog?

Also any word on a bluray or hddvd version of Copola's Dracula? Any new Dracula films in the works?
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Originally Posted by brainee
Not mentioned, but I think one of the best Dracula movies is the 1977 BBC "Count Dracula" with Louis Jourdan. Newly out on DVD, it's top-notch and one of the most faithful adaptations.
Absolutely.
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Yeah I'm definitely gonna check of these out...but which one would you recommend? The original by Murnau or the remake? Does the remake have English spoken dialog?
You have to see both as one is an homage to the other. The original has just been beautifully restored in an Ultimate Edition:

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The remake:

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Also any word on a bluray or hddvd version of Copola's Dracula? Any new Dracula films in the works?
Where have you been? There's a new transfer on SD and Blu-Ray which is, according to people like me, an abomination. See this 13-page thread on the controversy: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread....oker+s+dracula

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I was always a fan of the 1974 Dan Curtis made-for-TV-version of Dracula , with Jack Palance in the staring role. It's often overlooked, and I much prefer it to most of the other versions of Dracula out there. The Legousi and Langella movies put me to sleep in comparison.

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The Christopher Lee Dracula movies rock! Even the worse one is great.

my two favorites are...

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)



Scars of Dracula (1970) (with Doctor Who #2, Patrick Troughton!)
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Originally Posted by OutRun2
Yeah I'm definitely gonna check of these out...but which one would you recommend? The original by Murnau or the remake? Does the remake have English spoken dialog?

Also any word on a bluray or hddvd version of Copola's Dracula? Any new Dracula films in the works?
Yes one side is german and the other is in english.
Watch them both it's a trip!
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Originally Posted by OutRun2
Yeah I'm definitely gonna check of these out...but which one would you recommend? The original by Murnau or the remake?

The original Nosferatu (1922) by Murnau is quite possibly the scariest vampire ever put on film. The remake by Werner Herzog in 1979, I consider a matter of taste. Personally I always found it so slow I could fall asleep watching it, but I know there are others who think it is great. Also, Klaus Kinski does his best, but I consider Max Schreck's performance far superior. The original also possesses that "sense of dread", sadly lacking in so many so-called horror films these days. Again I don't think the later film has that either.

Just my thoughts.

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