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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Count Dracula (1970)

Bram Stoker's novel comes to life, once again, in this less than spectacular Spanish film with English over-dubs.  I was drawn to it because it starred Christopher Lee as Count Dracula and Klaus Kinski as Renfield.  That's pretty much all it had going for it.  Jesus Franco's version of this classic tale brings absolutely nothing new to the table.  It's nice to look at but is very low key in terms of energy and atmosphere.  There is no feeling of dread in this movie.  No sense of impending doom.  Instead we have Renfied in a padded cell eating flies and staring crazily into space.  We also have a cast of characters whom I could have cared less what happened to them.  Even Christopher Lee is ho-hum in this film.  He has certainly done Dracula better.  But, hey, a guy has got to earn a paycheck!
With so many wonderful vampire films out there, it hardly seems worth the effort to watch this one.  It's not a poorly made film.  The bottom line is that it's simply not interesting nor compelling filmmaking.
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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