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Creamguide (Films) Commentaries: Dracula

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  1. George White

    February 26, 2018 at 10:44 am

    My favourite adap of Dracula is the 1981 BBC radio serial Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula, Timothy West as Watson.
    My favourite Dracula film – well I think the best Hammer Dracula is Taste the Blood of Dracula, followed by AD 1972. I like the opening of the Monster Squad and Duncan Regehr is magnificent, but the kids are a bit annoying. I like Horror of Dracula, but I feel Mina and Lucy are a little miscast, i.e. they already feel like housewives.
    Lugosi is unsurpassable, that and Bride of Frankenstein the best Universals.
    Also Love at First Bite is great, which spawned a bunch of laughless but almost loveably terrible vampire spoofs, Nocturna, Mama Dracula (which escalates into a vampire variety show, and has a nice Roy Budd soundtrack but thinks “Peter von Blood” is a funny name, when Dr. Blood’s Coffin already had a Peter Blood), and of course Young Frankenstein spawned Son of Dracula (1974), the Harry Nilsson musical with Ringo as Merlin and set in a future with the Channel Tunnel, and despite Freddie Jones’ Frankenstein is quite rubbish, descending into a vampire Sextette, complete with Ringo and Keith Moon.
    Nosferatu 1979 isn’t great, the Louis Jourdan one is a little overlong and flouncy though Jourdan has presence. And Finlay is brilliant. Bosco Hogan’s a little annoying with his “Irish theatre actor playing a Brit” acting, but I suppose it fits, knowing Stoker.
    Blacula is fun, the sequel a bit of a stretch. The Langella one is dreadful, even though it has some nice design at the beginning.
    The newsboy in the not-London bit is Daniel Newman, who was Spiller in the BBC Borrowers, and flew over to Hollywood just to shoot that bit.
    I kind of like House of Wax and The Fly (not so much the sequels/remakes – Return of the Fly is sort of the Fly if it were an Outer Limits ep), but I massively prefer Vincent’s British films. Because often in the AIP Corman films, the cast apart from Price aren’t good, until they bring in Lorre, Hazel Court, Karloff, Barbara Steele too, but they dub her. I’m not quite a Poe fan. Red Death’s good, they’re good, but I prefer the 70s gothic, run-down Britain, even the 20s dieselpunk of the Phibes films.
    Although Witchfinder General is overrated. Reeves wasn’t the next Hitchcock. He was the next ITC hack.

    Reverse FAQ
    1. He’s under a pseudonym.
    2. Coppola did make Peggy Sue Got Married. Not a favourite, good soundtrack though.
    3. When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head
    3. It’s the Universal lot, same one as the Lugosi film.
    5. Frost was in the Children’s Film Foundation and Press Gang, not Grange Hill but close.
    6. Actually, it’s Steven Weber in Dead and Loving It, doing an Elwes impression, but yes, curious why Elwes didn’t do it, having done Men in Tights.
    7. Ultraviolet is Milla Jovovich, Underworld is Beckinsale. Exact same film.
    8. George RR Martin was producer.

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