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El Conde Dracula Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This doggedly faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel about a vampiric nobleman was helmed by cult director Jesus Franco. Despite its textual loyalty and atmospheric photography by Manuel Merino, the film -- a co-production from Spain, Italy, Germany, and Liechtenstein -- is plodding and dull. Even Christopher Lee (in an uncharacteristically weak performance as Dracula), Klaus Kinski (as the mad Renfield), and seven credited screenwriters cannot make this confused, distant film worthwhile. Cult filmmaker Bruno Mattei edited the Italian version, and scenes were later used in Calvin Floyd's Calvin Floyd. Among several different versions are prints running 100, 98, and 86 minutes. Franco appears as a servant to Professor Van Helsing (Herbert Lom), and though certainly literate, the film nevertheless fails as both horror and drama. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Crew

Jesùs Franco
Director
Harry Alan Towers
Producer
Harry Alan Towers
Screenwriter
Augusto Finocchi
Screenwriter
Jesùs Franco
Screenwriter
Carlo Fadda
Screenwriter
Manuel Merino
Cinematographer
Bruno Nicolai
Composer (Music Score)
Derek Parsons
Editor
Bruno Mattei
Editor
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