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Dracula - The Disco Years

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Posted 24th April 2009 at 06:23 PM by Sam@Cult Labs


A late 70s, big budget studio take on the Dracula tale starring a vampire lord whose style is more Discotastic Barry Manilow then broodingly Gothic Bela Lugosi. Frank Langella is the brooding count in this beautifully staged if campy version of Bram Stoker's classic horror tale of blood sucking terror.

When a ship is grounded off the coast of Whitby the only survivor is Count Dracula. He has arrived with a big consignment of Transylvanian soil to take up residence in the spooky Carfax Abbey. He soon makes friends with Dr Seward who runs the local asylum and his daughter Lucy, her friend Mina, and Jonathan Harker, Lucy's solicitor beau. Almost immediately, Mina dies from a huge loss of blood.

Coincidence? know the drill by now, so probably not. Dracula fanatics will want to pick up this little seen version of the tale that makes a refreshingly 70s change from the Hammer tradition and the black and white moodiness of the classic Universal movies. A soft focus treat for gothic romantics and aficionados of blow dried hair.
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