Dracula (1979) is an American/British romance horror movie that is based on author Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. Director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever (1977), Short Circuit (1986), Nick of Time (1995)) did a fantastic job executing Dracula, and I became a fan of his incredible, wonderful work. Dracula contains lots of sexual inferences but no sexual references, violence, suspense and frightening scenes. I like when Count Dracula’s said "You are a wise man, Professor, for someone who has not yet lived even a single lifetime." My review below is a summary of the beginning of the movie that contains spoilers from the beginning.
Dracula takes place in Whitby, England in the year 1913. Mina Van Helsing (Jan Francis - Just Good Friends (1983), Secret Army (1977), Stay Lucky (1989)) is a sickly person that was on her way to visit Lucy Seward (Kate Nelligan - The Cider House Rules (1999), Wolf (1994), The Prince of Tides (1991)). She stumbled upon Count Dracula’s (Frank Langella - The Ninth Gate (1999), Superman Returns (2006), Frost/Nixon (2008)) body after his ship has arrived on a dark rainy night. Mina lives with her dad Dr. Jack Seward (Donald Pleasence - Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Escape from New York (1981), Halloween (1978)) in a mansion that serves as their home and as an asylum. Count Dracula left Lucy and her father with an impression of him being the perfect gentlemen after he visits Lucy to tell her thank you for saving him.
Lucy is engaged to Count Jonathan Harker (Trevor Eve - Troy (2004), She’s Out of My League (2010), Waking the Dead (2000)) who is Romanian. Lucy found Mina in bed gasping for air as she gradually dies and then later found teeth/fang marks on her throat. Lucy does not know that Count Dracula has appeared to Mina and showed her his real identity before drinking her blood. Lucy blames herself for her sickly friends death because Lucy had left Mina alone so that she can spend some alone time with her fiance. Dr. Jack informs Mina’s dad; Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier - Spartacus (1960), Clash of the Titans (1981), Sleuth (1972)) of his daughters death and of the fang marks on her throat. Van Helsing immediately knew what killed his daughter and worries of what life his daughter will now live.
The two dads bury Mina in a coffin underground. They began having suspicions that something is wrong and discover that Mina had escaped from her coffin and clawed a tunnel underground leading to the mines. Van Helsing had to vanquish his little girl who is now a vampire. While the fathers are occupied with Mina, Count Dracula summons Lucy to his home. Count Dracula puts Lucy in a trance when she told him that she was in love with someone else. She then agrees to marry him and is infected with the same virus as Mina. What will happen to her? Will she become a vampire and stay as his bride? Will her father and Van Helsing save her from this curse?
Watch the movie to see the excellent fight scenes, great actors, beautiful settings and enjoy the romance. I recommend this movie to all Dracula fans because it is one of the originals. I will watch this movie again.
About Dracula (1979)
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan, Joe Belcher, Trevor Eve, Frank Henson, Frank Birch, Gabor Vernon, Peter Wallis, Laurence Olivier, Jan Francis, Janine Duvitski, Tony Haygarth, Teddy Turner, Sylvester McCoy, Kristine Howarth, Ted Carroll
Director: John Badham
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