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The cameras travel to the Carpathian mountains in the Transylvanian region of Romania, to the castle fortress of the fifteenth century prince Vlad Dracula. Known as Vlad The Impaler, for his nasty habit of impaling his captured enemies on sharpened wooden posts, the real-life count was a savage ruler responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, who clearly displayed an unholy delight in the shedding of blood. The film explores the vampire folklore still extant in the region, showing contemporary exorcism rites for the undead, and hideous footage of actual vampire bats gorging themselves. Laced with shocking surprises, this film is a must-see for all devotees of the monstrous Count Vlad.
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The international success of the book meant a movie was not far behind and director Calvin Floyd was up to the task.
Originally, the film was supposed to be a drive-in feature but due to poor publicity and the con-currency of the "In Search Of" television show with Leonard Nimoy, the film died at the box-office, along with any hopes of creating a series out of this. A Frankenstein follow-up was planned but was subsequently changed towards a more direct adaption of the Mary Shelly original story, which would prove to be the most faithful adaption in 1976 under the title, "Terror of Frankenstein".
"In Search of Dracula" was relatively unseen for many years before being released to DVD uncut and in it's original glory.
The documentary may seem quaint now but carries with it a sense of dread and creepiness that only films of this vintage can truly pull off. Hosted by the great Christopher Lee, himself one of the great Draculas and whom many of his own film clips are utilized for this documentary. Lee goes through the plot of the Stoker novel and through the legends of vampires in ancient and popular culture. The film details several historical events of "real" vampires often with creepy and odd re-enactments and of course, details the history of Vlad the Impaler.Read more ›
Instead, the movie seems to be mostly about vampires; vampires in literature, vampires in the movies, vampire legends, vampires in pop culture.... Poor ol' Vlad gets no more screen time than anything else under discussion.
On the plus side, the presence of Christopher Lee can add twenty points to any rating.
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I love all of older murder,monster, mystery movies this is one....Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was thoroughly impressed with the DVD and if you have a catalogue I would like to receive it.Published 7 months ago by Austin Wayne Robinson
I love documentaries, especially about horror film. In Search of Dracula is more about the real Dracula, but also has a really good dose of movie history as well. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Thomas Napier
I do enjoy the occasional documentary. The documentaries from the 70s are especially fun with their biases and rehearsed scenes. Read morePublished on November 24, 2010 by Critic's Corner
I went into this film knowing it was a quasi-documentary, and that didn't bother me. I always got a kick out of 70s-era supernatural pseudo-documentaries like "In Search Of ... Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by J. Combs