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Dracula On The Screen

Who is the best Dracula?

  • Bela Lugosi

    Votes: 7 19.4%
  • Christopher Lee

    Votes: 17 47.2%
  • Frank Langella

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • Jack Palance

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Louis Jordain

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Gary Oldman

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • David Niven

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Udo Kier

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • George Hamilton

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Somebody not on this list

    Votes: 4 11.1%

  • Total voters
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GNC

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And there you go, a reimagining of a character seemingly born to be reimagined over and over. Really liked this, a full on horror TV series in prime time (or on Netflix if you're not in the UK). The Lucy stuff was pretty nasty. Praise to Claes Bang for a fine interpretation, but also Dolly Wells as an original take on Van Helsing. The "blood memory" idea could have been a gimmick, but wasn't, very smart.

Ending left open for possible sequel? I suppose it depends on how it does on streaming, because apparently hardly anybody watches TV live anymore, or at least about three million tuned in for this every episode, which is OK, but I suspect the length made a lot of folk opt for the streaming so they could watch it in pieces.
 

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Oh yeah, and Mark Gatiss's documentary In Search of Dracula (a title not plucked at random, I suspect) was excellent, wonderful to see all those lovely ladies who were Dracula's Brides being interviewed. A very compact overview considering there have been so many versions. He's so good at these overviews.
 

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And there you go, a reimagining of a character seemingly born to be reimagined over and over. Really liked this, a full on horror TV series in prime time (or on Netflix if you're not in the UK). The Lucy stuff was pretty nasty. Praise to Claes Bang for a fine interpretation, but also Dolly Wells as an original take on Van Helsing. The "blood memory" idea could have been a gimmick, but wasn't, very smart.

Ending left open for possible sequel? I suppose it depends on how it does on streaming, because apparently hardly anybody watches TV live anymore, or at least about three million tuned in for this every episode, which is OK, but I suspect the length made a lot of folk opt for the streaming so they could watch it in pieces.
Ending was definitely ambiguous enough to allow room for a sequel. Great reimagining and I loved the boat sequence as well as the modern third. I think I've encountered the blood memory trope before in Vampire fiction.
 

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Ending was definitely ambiguous enough to allow room for a sequel. Great reimagining and I loved the boat sequence as well as the modern third. I think I've encountered the blood memory trope before in Vampire fiction.
Yeah, it did seem kind of familiar, but I couldn't place it.
 

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In episode two, I enjoyed how they managed to refer to the mysterious occupancy of room 9 without ever saying "Inside No. 9".

And the Grand Duchess Valeria...
 

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I voted for Louis Jourdan. I remember his Dracula well. It was the first time I had seen Dracula portrayed as someone who was very charming. That made Dracula much more frightening to me then.
There's a scene in that one where a baby is glimpsed being handed over in a holdall to be eaten alive or summat.
When it was first shown on TV the ex and I had a child around the same age. The former Mr Snail pointed at the telly and shouted 'That's DISGUSTING!'
 

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He wouldn't have liked the vampire baby in episode one of this week's effort, then.
 

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Dialled back the jokes in tonight's middle episode, quite effectively too. I suppose this was the Nosferatu one, with the emphasis on the ship. No spoilers, but judging by the short trailer tomorrow's could see the Count calling himself Johnny Alucard!
I've only watched 2, will finish it tonight. I think it's great (WTF? at the end of episode 2!) but I was wondering...

When the Demeter blew up, how did Dracula end up in his coffin at the bottom of the sea? And how was he speaking to Sister Agatha during a chess game when she sank with the ship (and that conversation was obviously in the future)?


Shall I just stop wondering and get the final episode watched?
 

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The final episode explains... most!
 

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Oh yeah, and Mark Gatiss's documentary In Search of Dracula (
Ooh I shall have to watch this!! Is it on the Iplayer methinks, I shall have a look tonight.

Have yet to watch ep's 2/3 of Dracula properly. Had it on last night but had company so wasn't paying full attention, was good to see Mark Gattis as a solicitor in it. Always been a big fan of league of gentlemen.

( the local shop scenes were filmed v near to where I live, and the local FB page calls itself "Marsden , a local place for local people.....love that!!).
 

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Ooh I shall have to watch this!! Is it on the Iplayer methinks, I shall have a look tonight.

Have yet to watch ep's 2/3 of Dracula properly. Had it on last night but had company so wasn't paying full attention, was good to see Mark Gattis as a solicitor in it. Always been a big fan of league of gentlemen.

( the local shop scenes were filmed v near to where I live, and the local FB page calls itself "Marsden , a local place for local people.....love that!!).
You probably know this by now, but the In Search of Dracula is on the iPlayer, just search on BBC2 for Friday night if it's not on the front page. There was a Christopher Lee-presented documentary film of the same name in the 1970s, I assume this new one is a reference to that?

Mark Gatiss was playing Renfield! Only a little bit twitchy and insectivorous, though.
 

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After all the moans about the 3 million-odd viewing figures, the 7 day figures paint a rosier picture for the latest Dracula:
BBC Dracula news

Now it seems 7 million, probably more, watched it, half of those on iPlayer, making it the most watched programme of the day. Not Sherlock numbers, but nothing to be ashamed of.
 

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We watched all 3 episodes over consecutive nights. I loved the first one although it was a bit too jokey. The atmosphere was menacing and dark. Agatha was great. The second episode was less jokey and Claes was perfect as Dracula. The ending to episode 2 left me a little irritated. There were massive plot holes and "why didn't he/she just do this, that or the other" moments from the TV sofa.

1. Why keep one box of soil? Throw it overboard and give him nowhere to rest.
2. When Dracula killed the Captain, he took the bottle and headed off to the deck inviting Agatha to follow him. Why didn't Agatha just head down into the hold and blow the ship up instead of relying on a mortally wounded Captain to do the job?
3. How did the lid of his wooden box stay on when the coffin drifted down into the depths?
4. Why was he still fresh and young looking when the divers opened his box?

Episode 3 was a car crash as far as I was concerned. The entire charm, mystery and atmosphere of the story was chucked out the window. Lucy was terrible. It felt like "Sherlock meets Dracula meets Black Mirror" with text messages and emails flying around. More gaping plot holes with stuff just crowbared in. The ending was, well...I suppose it ended at least.

But there are enough question marks left hanging to make a 2nd series although I think I'm getting sick of Gatiss and Moffat.
 

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I really enjoyed the way each episode worked as a self-contained piece, and the 'bottle episode' of #2 (complete with ship in a bottle to nail it home) was a stroke of genius.

The only part that I didn't like was the Lucy reveal. It was built up so effectively with the voices, reactions and reflections, that anything less than full Hollywood CGI was bound to be a let down.

Other than that - brilliant.
 

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l started watching with gritted teeth, waiting for the usual Gatiss/Moffat/BBC tics, but l found myself being won over. All the above trio’s knee-jerk box-ticking was present, but the central performances by Claes Bang as Dracula and Dolly Wells as Van Helsing were both excellent, and more than made up for it.

l enjoyed the dark humour and wordplay, and there were a couple of effective scares - the undead unfolding themselves from tiny boxes - to satisfy the viewer who wanted darker meat.

It was, however, let down by the ending.

7/10

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It's done very well, so that might not be the ending.
 

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50 Draculas, the good, the bad and the ugly.

The real immortality of the ancient vampire Dracula, the villain of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same name, resides less in the difficulty of killing him and more in how, once you kill him, he doesn’t stay dead for long before springing up—robust, red-blooded, and thirsty—in another new version of the story.

There have been hundreds of Dracula adaptations since the first one—a play, adapted by Stoker himself, that had a reading eight days before the release of his novel on May 26th, 1897. They’ve taken the form of plays, films, comics, and other pieces of art. But Dracula, the vampire, is also one of the most iconic roles that any performer can take on, and so today, we’re going to rank the top fifty most iconic performances of the character. That’s right. Fifty. ...

The rules:

Although there have been many memorable theatrical incarnations of the Count (I’m looking at you two, Raul Julia and Jeremy Brett—having played Dracula on Broadway and on tour, but without having been captured on footage while doing so), we’re only going to rank ones that appeared on film, television, or in other recordings, because that levels the playing field. Vampires by nature don’t always appear on film, but we’re very fortunate that all of these guys were able to. But these performances must be of Dracula, specifically; for example, sitcom characters wearing Dracula Halloween costumes (like Darryl on The Office) don’t count.

And, folks, we are ranking performances/interpretations of Dracula the figure, not ranking Dracula movies overall, even if our explanations do discuss the overall film. ...

https://crimereads.com/fifty-best-draculas/
 

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50 Draculas, the good, the bad and the ugly.

The real immortality of the ancient vampire Dracula, the villain of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same name, resides less in the difficulty of killing him and more in how, once you kill him, he doesn’t stay dead for long before springing up—robust, red-blooded, and thirsty—in another new version of the story.

There have been hundreds of Dracula adaptations since the first one—a play, adapted by Stoker himself, that had a reading eight days before the release of his novel on May 26th, 1897. They’ve taken the form of plays, films, comics, and other pieces of art. But Dracula, the vampire, is also one of the most iconic roles that any performer can take on, and so today, we’re going to rank the top fifty most iconic performances of the character. That’s right. Fifty. ...

The rules:

Although there have been many memorable theatrical incarnations of the Count (I’m looking at you two, Raul Julia and Jeremy Brett—having played Dracula on Broadway and on tour, but without having been captured on footage while doing so), we’re only going to rank ones that appeared on film, television, or in other recordings, because that levels the playing field. Vampires by nature don’t always appear on film, but we’re very fortunate that all of these guys were able to. But these performances must be of Dracula, specifically; for example, sitcom characters wearing Dracula Halloween costumes (like Darryl on The Office) don’t count.

And, folks, we are ranking performances/interpretations of Dracula the figure, not ranking Dracula movies overall, even if our explanations do discuss the overall film. ...

https://crimereads.com/fifty-best-draculas/
Interesting and annoying.
Interesting as it is a list of 50 people who have played Dracula and there are some I feel I will have to seek out. Annoying because he doesn’t stick to his own rules. Ranking performances of Dracula not the movies they appear in? Nope plenty of time he mentions the name of the actor and then spends the rest of the time talking about the movie. The performances must be Dracula, why then include several vampires who are not Dracula? Factually incorrect David Carradine keeps his English accent, erm what? Carradine was born in New York, he’s not English and I’ve never heard him do an English accent. And bizarre - “I’ve not seen this one but I’ll still give you my view of it.” He claims that the Bela Lugosi performance is the gold standard and then doesn’t place it in the number one position! And finally he didn’t realise Alucard was Dracula written backwards...
 

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Chloe Zhao, director of Oscar-buzzy Nomadland, is keen to direct a remake of Dracula:
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As a sci-fi Western! Come off it, Chloe, you're not trying - make it a musical, too.
 
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