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David Hardy
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What in your opinion is the best filmed version of the novel
DRACULA ? Cinema and TV versions.

I have just watched the Frank Langella version again and think
it is absolute crap and utter bore.
A waste of great actors and film.

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Paul Browning
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Hi David, Christopher lee as the count for me every time, but I do like the twins of evil count, sorry I don't know the guys name.

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David Skillern
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Hi - the guys name is Damien Thomas - Christopher Lee every time - though Louis Jourdan in the BBC TV 1977 production is very effective

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Definitely Christopher Lee in the Hammer Films version.

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Evan Samaras
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Another vote for Christopher Lee

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David Skillern
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I'd even go as far to say Christopher Lee in all 7 of his Dracula pictures

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Colin Fish
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Definately Gary Oldman in Bram Stokers Dracula.

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Definately Gary Oldman in Bram Stokers Dracula.

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The Gary Oldman ( Francis Coppola ) Dracula has the most gorgeous sets and costumes. If Hammer had ever had such a budget then that, with Christopher Lee as the Count, would have been amazing...

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The 1979 Langella version.

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Michael O'Regan
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I like them all for various reasons. One of my favourites is Dan Curtis's version with Jack Palance as Dracula.

My dream Dracula would be the Melford version from 1931 but with Lugosi in place of Villarias. The Spanish version is so atmospheric and so much better acted by all except Villarias.

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1992 Oldman, but I do enjoy Maxy`s job as well.

Best Mark.

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Can't leave the original Nosferato out!

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Douglas Meltzer
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I'm with Michael on this one. The 1931 Spanish language Dracula is brilliant, even with a weak performance by Carlos Villarías as the Count. Lupita Tovar (who just recently passed away) is absolutely stunning as Eva.

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Dracula 1958 Hammer Productions with out a matter of a doubt plus i met the great actor on a few occasions.

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OK, I know it's not everyones cup of tea, (blood tea, couldn't resist!), but my vote goes to Klaus Kinski's "Nosferatu" in the late 1970's, very dream-like film and powerful. He really looks like the undead and very pathetic, but that was what they were going for.

My wife STILL can't watch that scne with Klaus "slurping" (with great sound effect!), away at her neck!

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David Hardy
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Thanks for your replies guys.
I see everyone has their favourite version

Although I like Christopher Lee too in the original Hammer
DRACULA ( HORROR OF DRACULA ) I am always annoyed at Hammer
being way too far off from the original book.
They did make a bit of a mess of things even allowing for
the budget.

My favourite version is the BBC tv version with Louis Jordan
as the Count.
Not perfect but close to the novel.

Its a great pity that Christopher Lee never did star in a
version which followed the book more faithfully.
He was willing to do this but sadly it was not to be.

Both NOSFERATU films I really like.

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I've always been partial to the Louis Jourdan version...so different, but chilling...although I've not seen it in 20 years and if I ever find a dvd of it and watch it again, I may change my mind. Folks may laugh at me, but I actually enjoyed Dracula 2000, partly because it goes to logically explain the Count's aversion to silver and the cross , etc. Gerald Butler and Christopher Plummer were good in it.

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Mitchell Dvoskin
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Max Schreck in Shadow Of The Vampire.

Made back in 2000, it take place during the filming of Nosferatu with the premise that director Friedrich Murnau found a real vampire to play the lead in his film, and paid him by allowing him to feed off the cast and production staff of the film. A very creepy movie.

I take the above back. The scariest movie vampire is undoubtedly Don Knotts..

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The role of Dracula and Christopher Lee seem so linked because of his many incarnations as the Count. The first Dracula movie being the best with Dracula Prince of Darkness being a good sequel. The rest were diminished by poor scripts, cost cutting by Hammer and weak direction.

Lugosi's 1931 version does seem stale and dated now but he does have presence and I would say when it was released it must have stunned audiences.

John Badham / Frank Langella version had promise but wasted most of its potential. The dramatic John Williams being it only saving grace.

The Copolla /Gary Oldham version does improve with repeated showings. It is a little over the top but gets my vote.

I haven't seen the Louis Jordan and Jack Palance versions so I can't comment on them.

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That's freakin funny!!!!

Thanks Mitchell!

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Mike Newell
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I aim to please Oswald 🐰 [Smile]

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