Bram Stoker’s Dracula, one of the oldest horror novels is always a good choice to turn into a horror movie. So let’s have a look at Dan Curtis’s takes on this original tale of horror.
This version of Dracula was adapted for the big screen by Richard Matheson and is based on the original novel by Bram Stoker. It was directed by Dan Curtis and released on February 8, 1974. The movie stars Jack Palance as Count Dracula, Fiona Lewis as Lucy Westenra, and Nigel Davenport as Dr. Van Helsing. Interestingly, Curtis decided to film in England and parts in Yugoslavia where it was quiet and the presence of castles made it appealing for filming the segments that take parts in Dracula’s Castle.
When Dracula summons Jonathan Harker a real estate agent to his castle in Transylvania, he grows impatient to purchase some properties in England. After seeing the picture of Lucy in Jonathan’s belonging, Dracula decides to purchase a property near Lucy because of her stunning resemblance with his now-dead wife. Dracula soon embarks on the journey to England leaving Jonathan behind in his castle.
Upon his arrival, Dracula seeks Lucy which he slowly transforms into a child of the night. That is when Dr. Van Helsing starts suspecting Lucy’s deteriorating condition may be due to the presence of a vampire. Now Dracula will have to face a new enemy that may prove hard to get rid of.
Praises and critiques:
I think this version of Dracula was really good. It’s an old movie but it did age well. Dan Curtis did a great job in directing this horror movie. With almost no visual effects other than blood pouring out of the mounts of dying vampires, they did a great job at making the movie scary. Furthermore, Jack Palance’s performance really enhances the quality of this movie with his powerful presence on the screen.
This is a great horror movie and all fans of vampire stories should enjoy this motion picture. Unfortunately, if you don’t like to watch old movies you may want to skip this one.
I give this movie 5 stars because it was a movie that I enjoyed watching so many times and also because of Jack Palance’s performance which was outstanding. Finally, I think that as time goes it will always be a good vampire movie that future generations of horror fans will enjoy.