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Dracula's Curse (2004)

Patrick Bergin , Giancarlo Giannini , Roger Young  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Bergin, Giancarlo Giannini, Hardy Krüger Jr., Stefania Rocca, Muriel Baumeister
  • Directors: Roger Young
  • Writers: Roger Young, Bram Stoker, Eric Lerner
  • Producers: Ferdinand Dohna, Michele Greco, Paolo De Crescenzo, Paolo Lucidi
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F7NF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dracula's Curse" on IMDb

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A bloody tale of terror, suspense and intrigue. Like helpless moths to a flame, a group of strangers are hypnotically drawn to the mysterious mountains of Eastern Europe. There they mistakenly embrace the infamous Count Dracula. Who will escape an eter

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING VARIATION February 18, 2005
DRACULA'S CURSE is a made for European TV updating of the classic Bram Stoker novel. Director Roger Young has some imaginative sequences and in spite of a rather mediocre cast, the film modernizes the novel interestingly enough and it provides few scares but an interesting cerebral horror experience. Hardy Kruger Jr. (son of Hardy Kruger of "Hatari") is a little wooden as Jonathan Harker, but his performance is earnest. Patrick Bergin isn't compelling enough as Dracula, but he's not horrible, he's just had so many other actors to compare with. The rest of the cast (other than International favorite Giancarlo Giannini) is made up of unknowns (at least to most American audiences) but the guy who plays Quincy is interesting, and the young lady who plays Lucy is beautiful and quietly seductive. All in all, not a bad rendition of this overkilled vampire.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is the 'short' version... October 14, 2004
This film is a fairly well-made and up-dated version of the classic "Dracula" - featuring excellent sets/locations with quite a few imaginative camera angles throughout... but to fully enjoy this production you really should seek out the full-length 3 hour (TV mini-series) version available in Europe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected.... April 28, 2007
Rented this for a Saturday nite chiller thriller. I realize this was a tv

movie from Europe with a limited budget but putting a modern spin on

this classic tale didn't have much bite. I couldn't get past the way

these actors came across, felt like they were reading their scripts to

each other. There really wasn't much in the scare dept. a few good sets

here and there doesn't make a good film and this one fell short in every

way. Three stars is more than it deserves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Dracula's Curse" is a 102-minute truncated version of the 163-minute Itallian television mini-series "Il Bacio di Dracula" ("The Kiss of Dracula"), which retells Bram Stoker's gothic horror story in the modern day setting of Budapest. This time Jonathan Harker (Hardy Krüger Jr.) is an investment banker working in Eastern Europe who has become engaged to Mina Murray (Stefania Rocca), and is celebrating with his friends, English diplomatic official Arthur Holmwood (Conrad Hornby), businessman Quincy Morris (Alessio Boni), and the funny loving Lucy Westerner (Muriel Baumeister). After the ball and a quick spin in his new sports car, Harker has a late night meeting the Vladislav Tepes (Patrick Bergin), who wants Harker to work for his "uncle." Meanwhile, at the local insane asylum, Dr. Seward (Kai Wiesinger) is dealing with one of his patients, Roenfield (Brett Forest).

Of course those well-versed in the lore of vampires in general and Dracula in particular will recognize the variation of Vlad Tepes as being the name of the "real" Dracula of history, the Wallachian prince known as the Impaler. What threw me at first was the whole bit about Dracula's uncle, because the whole idea that Dracula becomes younger as he gets new blood that we have seen in the past (e.g., "Bram Stoker's Dracula"), is abandoned this time. Not only does Bergin play both Tepes, we go back and forth from the younger to the older throughout. This becomes problematic because the older Vladislav is the more imposing and interesting figure of the two, especially since the younger one smacks too much of James Bond at time. At least the older one has something of a Romanian accent (most of the time, anyhow).
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand, Dark And Beautiful - A True Horror Epic August 1, 2005
The Dracula legend is retold once again, but in a movie that's anything but a superfluous addition to the legion of adaptations of the original Stoker novel. In fact, this just May be the best Dracula movie ever made.

An otherwise perfect movie is hardly hampered by a single flaw that takes maybe 25 seconds of screen time in a long-running movie, but I fear a lot of people are going to zero in on that one hitch to the exclusion of the rest of the movie, so I'll touch on it now. This is a highly ambitious show, with a lot of special effects, and most of them are done impeccably - except the transformation scenes. Knowing how many people are ardently anti-CGI, I have to hope this doesn't get blown out of proportion (for the record, I've never understood the big pro-CGI/anti-CGI debate anyway. They're just a tool, like make-up effects or animatronics, sometimes done exceptionally, sometimes done poorly and often somewhere in between). In defence of the efects team, I noticed in the ending credits that there was a very small number of people working on the total effects, whereas a project this grand in scope usually has large teams for each individual aspect of the effects. "Dracula's Curse" was a European made-for-tv movie, so the budget wouldn't have been in the tens of millions. Given what the financial limitations probably were, it's absolutely breathtaking what they've managed to create with this epic, a movie that aside from a mere 25 seconds or so of not great (and not atrocious, either, I should add) transformations looks and sounds as good as "Lord Of The Rings", "Freddy Vs. Jason" or "Star Wars". Stunning production values throughout, a testament to how to make this kind of grand film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dracula's Curse
I guess the most telling thing I can say about the Italian-made 2002 movie DRACULA'S CURSE would be this: I started this movie last weekend, got 35 minutes in, and tapped out. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Adaptaion of Bram Stoker's "Dracula": Pretty Faithful But Not Great
Italian two-part mini-TV-series is shortened for American release. My review is about the abridged version of the film. Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Tsuyoshi
1.0 out of 5 stars worst acting ever.
i'm only 15 minutes into this film and i'm finding it hard to keep watching.

this is quite possibly the worst acting/directing i've ever seen in a movie.
Published on September 4, 2006 by triage
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
It was a rather faithfull version to the book, althought the action takes place not in england but in budapest
Published on July 26, 2006 by Juan
2.0 out of 5 stars Dracula's curse
What can I say about this film? The characters simply do not have any personality. And to be honest, I just don't like any movie that only has an absolute evil, an absolute good... Read more
Published on November 17, 2005 by Fang Ying Hui
3.0 out of 5 stars too much facial hair to be dracula
The storyline isn't that bad but the acting is way off. Most of the actors are unknown and act in weird ways. Read more
Published on August 31, 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen better....
True this adaptation does keep true to the general story from Bram Stoker, however, it is set in the present day, which to me, takes away from some of the appeal of the original... Read more
Published on October 15, 2004 by LS Movie Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Best adaptation of the novel!
What can I say? Many have attempted it, but this movie is the first to truly capture the spirit of Bram Stoker's classic, Dracula. Read more
Published on March 27, 2004 by Gordon Ehrensing
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