Dracula (1979)
Directed by John Badham

Starring Donald Pleasence Frank Langella Kate Nelligan Laurence Olivier

Langella and Olivier play the worst Dracula and Van Helsing respectively in the history of cinema, in this dull, overly serious film from Badham, who had struck gold with "Saturday Night Fever" two years earlier.

Badham's disco influence may help explain why Langella looks like he just walked off the floor of Studio 54. His hair, face, nails, etc. are perfect. Obviously Badham wanted to make Dracula some kind of sex symbol in the spirit of Andy Gibb.

Well, it didn't happen. Still widely available on DVD, probably because it had a huge budget and even some decent make-up effects, it's nevertheless a dull Dracula movie.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore


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