r Wicked Things Horror Blog: Watching Dracula 1979 Frank Langella & Donald Pleasance

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Watching Dracula 1979 Frank Langella & Donald Pleasance

I haven't seen this version in quite a while with Donald Pleasance as Dr. Jack Seward, who is Lucy's father in this flick, and Frank Langella as Dracula. Its very close to Bram Stoker's Dracula of 1992, but varies in many ways as well. Mina is Lucy's sickly friend and Lucy is actually Dracula's love interest in this film so the roles are reversed from that of the novel and the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Mina's father is Abraham Van Helsing in this adaptation. Its dreary tone is closer to the Victorian England I would think existed and Dracula is much closer to that of the Christopher Lee version of Dracula in the 60's and 70's.


There are small differences in characters, but much of the film is closely related to the original Bram Stoker novel and the movie made from the novel in 1992. I have always thought Frank Langella was really creepy. However, I am really perplexed as to how Dracula knew to draw Mina to him and turn her into a vampire. There isn't much of an explanation of why he infected her since he didn't know or love Lucy yet when he arrived at Carfax Abbey by ship. I'll have to watch it again and see what my thoughts are on the subject after I see it again.

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