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Beautifully photographed, sadly the rest of the film kinda sucks.
Though the fake-looking costume is a problem, 1979's Dracula with Frank Langella in the role, may well be my favorite of the Count's first movie outings. I love the look of it, with its dusty grays full of sharp relief, it really feels, casting aside, like it could have been made in later decades. The changes made to Lucy and Mina's roles gives us a more involved, more emotional Van Helsing in Laurence Olivier, and a Dr. Seward who is by turns clinical and overwhelmed in Donald Pleasence (a story of fathers rather than suitors, this one). Kate Nelligan is a powerful presence as Lucy, the object of Dracula's desire, because she seems so modern and strong-willed. And of course, there's Langella himself, a handsome and magnetic Count whose hypnotic skills are not hidden, but which may not play as much of a role in Lucy's seduction. And I like that. Langella and Nelligan sell the idea that Lucy may have chosen Dracula, as much as the reverse, which works within Gothic's hypnotic control metaphor - the fear of, yet desire for, losing oneself. I'm not a big fan of Dracula, or vampires in general, and not gonna lie, I came to this to see Doctor Who's Sylvester McCoy* in a small role, but I like what I got - a stylish, big budget adaptation, with a strong John Williams score, beautiful art direction, and holy crap, a scene I saw as a 12-year-old on TV that freaked me out and forced me to change the channel! I knew I'd find it again one day! "Papa... PAHHHH-paaah!"
Didn't expect to like it,but i did. Very good visually.
And Frank Langella was one of the best dracula's ever.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!