The most mainstream movie I have seen from Jesus Franco. It is a very straight-forward but atmospheric adaptation filmed in Barcelona for a welcome change of location and Christopher Lee do his best portrait of the figure since his first appearance in 1958. It is also decent acted by the supporting cast but Soledad Miranda looks perfect as Lucy. The low budget and lackluster ending is what stops this movie.
There is only one aspect of the production that stayed with me (I just watched it yesterday), and it's an amazing Herbert Lom ham session into the camera. It's the kind of brilliance that happens by accident, when you're making movies so fast. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is the kind of ineptitude that happens by accident, when you're making movies so fast.
It takes a very special individual to get an atrociously mediocre performance from Lee. This is a wet dream for purists like me, who want to see faithful adaptations from their beloved classic novels, but the faithfulness is torn to shreds by uninspired directing. The constant zooming drove me nuts (NUTS!), but the stuffed animals scene had me rolling on the floor. Reading the book is better use of your time.
Tan mala que resulta buena. Las actuaciones atroces, los sets estilo Chespirito, la iluminación excesiva, en fin, todos los elementos contribuyen a hacer de esta versión setenterísima, una verdadera joya camp. Mención aparte merece el fantástico ataque de los animales disecados y la estupenda actuación de Klaus Kinski, quien más tarde participaría en _Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht_, de Werner Herzog.
The best Dracula movie I've seen so far. Franco nailed the Freudian psychosexual overtones and directed this one with a bombastic and stylistic flair. Even though the story is so familiar there's still real suspense here. At times I felt like I was watching a horror movie shot by Parajanov. The use of color is just sumptuous and Christopher Lee commands the screen. Love this.
This atrocious waste of time and effort really only deserves one star but, in Edna's book, is partially redeemed by the mesmerising stuffed animals scene!! Contrary to film lore, there are no decent performances here, by the way - Lee, Kinski, Miranda and Lom are all as embarrassingly appalling as everyone else. So there.