Director: John Badham
Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan, Jan Francis
A man washes ashore in England after a shipwreck and is found by Mina Van Helsing. The man introduces himself as Count Dracula of Transylvania, and proceeds to integrate himself into the lives of Mina and her friend Lucy Seward. However, when Mina dies and her father, Prof. Van Helsing, attributes her death to a vampire, evidence indicates that Count Dracula is the monster, and Lucy is his next target.
This is the most romantic version of Bram Stoker's Dracula that has ever been made. If there was a lot of nudity in the movie, this could have been a Playboy version of Dracula. There was key lighting with lustful embraces and passion. There was not really any horror in this version at all.
Frank Langella portrays Dracula in this movie. He is tall dark and handsome with his white shirt half way open exposing his hairy chest. He made this role more sexy than frightening. Donald Pleasence does no wrong in a horror movie or any movie for that matter. The real shock was that Laurence Olivier was in the movie. When actors get older they take what they can get to still be in movies.
This is still a good movie, but it is not really a horror movie at all. it is more of a romantic drama than anything else. If you have never seen this movie, then you may what to give it a try. The movie gives you a soft take on a very familiar story. Enjoy.
Dracula (1979) Trailer