Terror Of Dracula
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If you like a vampire movie where the characters move, this isn't it.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
To be honest, I was surprised and pleased by the quality of this production. I was expecting a typical low budget film. I loved the locations--they gave a feeling of realism. The cinematography, despite a few rough patches, was very good overall. I thought the primary actors turned in good performances. This film is a throwback to the classic horror movies of days gone by. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride!
This is obviously an amateur movie and if watching it with that in mind I can appreciate it for what it is. The production value is very low, it almost appears to have been filmed with high quality home video equipment. The camera work and sound make old-time BBC seem smooth. The scene shots feel unnatural. There are few close ups and the ones that are there are off in their timing. The sound is very uneven, I got up adjust the volume a few times but by the time I got up the sound shifted again. The voices echo. The sound track volume overwhelm the volume of the voices. The actors seem to be that of community theater. The storytelling is disjointed. The story takes a number of liberties that stray from the original story in ways I haven't seen quite like this. The narrative shifts a number of times, I assume to spread the story out. If it was successful I would appreciate this as the Dracula story has been told so many times that breaking the scenes up a bit would be fresh. But the transitions are off, particularly where the flashbacks end. There are a number of scenes that should have been cut or edited so they don't drag on.
I believe that this movie is trying to achieve "so bad it's good" but it just doesn't "zing". I believe a good editor might be able to achieve that "lofty" goal. All other issues are overshadowed by the poor sound quality and editing. That is the biggest problem with the movie and the camera work is the second.
The DVD-R has no extras. It appears to be desktop published, although not poorly so. The insert included with it shows some marketing for some pretty bad looking movies with some gruesome images that look tacky.Read more ›
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This is a good, low-budget Dracula film. They clearly didn't have a lot of money, but the script and dialog are competent, and so is the acting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen D. Sullivan
The worst Dracula of all time. Lucy was so ugly she needed a sack on her face in every scene. Mina was no prise either.Published 6 months ago by Charles L Fisher
This movie just didn't work. I reminds me of another major disappointment, the low-budget British "authentic" version of "The War of the Worlds" that came out... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John S. Socha
A Anthony DP Mann flick.
I liked this scary movie that shows what style was in another time. Read more
A very faithful adaptation of the classic horror novel with its own unique touches. A must for any Dracula enthusiast.Published on February 5, 2014 by Liz Strange
I have seen better low budget movies on Elvira's DVDs. Not only does this dead pan actor NOT come close to resembling the infamous count, he couldn't be a convincing actor in a... Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by BillMacaulay
Vampires are the ish, pretty sure we can all agree on that. It was cool to see a creepy, bad Dracula rather than a dreamy, teeny bopper one. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by kdeva7