(new thread to stop hijacking the "Last Movie Seen" thread)
Finished with Jack Palance's Dracula and I think it might be my new favortie. Fairly faithful (a few big deviations) Palance gives a very very menacing yet charasmatic performance without ever being suave. The reincarnated love angle (with Lucy not Mina) didn't feel as forced or as melodramtic at the Coppola picture. I really, really dug it. Even the production values, which were fairly high for a US TV Movie, stand up well compared to the ghetto budgets the Jess Franco and BBC Dracula's of the same era were produced on.
Boost's Dracula List: Most Faithful to Least Faithful to the book
- Count Dracula 1977 (Louis Jordan)
- Count Dracula 1970 (Christopher Lee)
- Dracula 1973 (Jack Palance)
- Dracula 1931 (Bela Lugosi)
- Nosferatu The Vampyre 1979 (Klaus Kinski)
- Bram Stoker's Dracula 1993 (Gary Oldman)
- Dracula 1979 (Frank Langella)
- [Horror of] Dracula 1958 (Christopher Lee)
These are the Dracula pictures I am currently working with to produce an epic "All Dracula Compilation/Comparison" Video, something akin to what HelmetCrow did with the six Star Wars films.
At first I was going to do ALL Draculas including John Carradine, The Monster Squad, Van Helsing, etc, but that got out of hand and I just went with the films that were adaptations of the book.
As I edit and tweak the presentation, I need some recomendations of what music to use. I was going with "Swan Lake" from the Lugosi picture, but decided I wanted something neutral, that wasn't connected with any of the actors who played the Count. Any ideas?