Dracula

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Novels

  • Dracula (1897)
    • A review of Bram Stoker's original novel which, honestly, hasn't aged well at all.

Nosferatu Adaptations

  • Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
    • This silent film was the first adaptation of Bram Stoker's original novel, although it wasn't actually an official one.
  • Nosferatu: The Vampyre (1979)
    • A German lamguage remake of the 1922 film, this time with sound and color. It's very artistic in its own way, but slow by modern standards.

Universal Pictures

  • Dracula (1931)
    • The first official film adapation of Bram Stoker's novel. Often considered a classic, it's not the best adaptation of the source material.
  • Dràcula (1931 en Español)
    • Filmed at the same time as the English version of the movie, this film is superior to it's sister production in every way.
  • Dracula's Daughter
    • The first in a series of sequels to Universal's 1931 English-language original, this film was loosely based on Stoker's short story, "Dracula's Guest", and is, by far, the best of the Universal sequels.
  • Son of Dracula
    • A weak follow up, this film supposedly follows Dracula's son (much as the previous film followed his daughter), but it's all just a ruse for a dumber, and more silly, story.
  • House of Frankenstein
    • What's better than just one monster? How about four of them as Dracula, Frankenstein's Creature, the Wolf Man, and the hunchback all show up in a film vastly less impressive than the sum of its parts.
  • House of Dracula
    • Already straining with the diminishing returns of the series, Universal tried again with their shared universe crossovers, but much like the previous film, this movie struggles to justify so many monsters sharing the same storyline.
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
    • With the scary monsters movies dead, Universal attempted to relaunch the series with a crossover film featuring the comedic stylings of Abbott and Costello. Although popular at the time, this film isn't really all that funny in the modern era.
  • Dracula (1979)
    • A couple of decades later, Universal took another stab at Dracula with a new adaptation featuring Frank Langella and this film ended up being possible Universal's best version of the story to dare.
  • Dracula (2013)
    • Set in Industrial Age London, this version sees Dracula come to England to get revenge against an evil, vampire hunter organization that rules the city... and potentially the world.
  • Dracula Untold
    • Before the "Dark Universe", Universal attempted to relaunch the Monsters shared continuity with this original story recasting Dracula as the hero of his own tale. It was, sadly, pretty lame.

Hammer Films

  • Dracula (1958)
    • While Universal may have given up on the monsters after their glory days in the 1930s and 1940s, another film company was ready to make the monsters scary again, and their Dracula (titled "The Horror of Dracula" in the U.S.) brought the horror back to the monsters with a winning performance by Christopher Lee as the titular vampire.
  • The Brides of Dracula
    • Christopher Lee didn't have any interested in returning to the role of Dracula so Hammer went a different route, choosing to explore the adventures of Van Helsing fighting other vampires in Eastern Europe.
  • Dracula: Prince of Darkness
    • When plans fell apart for further Van Helsing adventures, Christopher Lee was coaxed back into the role for a film that was high on style but pretty weak when it came to story.
  • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
    • What do you do with a town full of atheists, all of whom fear the legend of a local vampire instead of God? You go to the castle to prove there's nothing to fear and accidentally revive the vampire lord in the process.
  • Taste the Blood of Dracula
    • Dracula is back, obviously, in this tale about businessmen looking for more power by resurrecting an evil vampire. Things, naturally, don't go well for anyone involved.
  • Scars of Dracula
    • Dracula returned for one last adventure back in the olden days as a carousing idiot wanders into the evil vampire's abode and accidentally revives him. And then things get even more stupid from there.
  • Dracula AD 1972
    • With the classic series running on fumes, Hammer opted for a "modern" (for the time) reboot of the frachise, pulling Dracula in the then-present era of 1972 to continue his reign of terror. The film, though, feels as old and dreary as many of the sequels that came before.
  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula
    • A sequel to the modern relaunch of the series, this film wastes any good will the previous film engendered on a drab and dull retread of everything we've seen before.
  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
    • The last film in the Hammer series, this movie at least tries something novel, pitting a team of vampire hunters against Dracula and his own army of ninja vampires. It's an amusing idea the film otherwise squanders, though.

Dracula 2000 Series

  • Dracula 2000
    • Probably the worst Dracula adaptation every made, this film falls apart not due to production issues but because the story is so insanely stupid it's a wonder any studio ever signed off on the script.
  • Dracula II: Ascension
    • And yet, out of the ashes of the previous travesty we get one of the better low budget Dracula films. It does everything it can to redeemd the series by largely ignoring everything that happened before.
  • Dracula III: Legacy
    • The finale to the Dracula 2000 series, this film doesn't have the style of the first sequel but is still a damn sight better than the movie that originated it all.

Other Works

  • Count Dracula (1970)
    • One of the few times Lee returned to the role of Dracula, this film isn't connected to the Hammer series, and also lacks any of the good qualities that made that series half-way watchable.
  • Dracula (1973)
    • There were a number of Dracula productions in the 1970s, but this is probably one of the worst, featuring a mis-cast Jack Palance in the title role.
  • The Monster Squad (1987)
    • Dracula, along with a bunch of off-brand Monsters, come to a small town to take over the world and the only people ready to stop them are a group of rowdy pre-teens.
  • Waxwork (1988)
    • A group of teens get invited to a special waxwork, but what they find in there are monsters, evil, and death.
  • Waxwork II: Lost in Time
    • Forced to find a way to prove that the evil of the waxwork was real, our two surviving teens end up on an adventures through time, fighting monsters and cheating death all over again.
  • Dracula (1992)
    • A film that's glorious for its production values and horrible because of its sotyr and acting. This film is both a feast for the eyes and one of the worst Dracula movies ever made.
  • Dracula: Dead and Loving It
    • Speaking of terrible Dracula productions, this movie was made by Mel Brooks but lacks and of his wit or humor. A total waste of time and talent.
  • Blade: Trinity
    • A terrible film that finished out the Blade series by pitting the titular hero (and a band of allies) against the master of all vampires.
  • Batman vs. Dracula
    • Batman is forced to take on not only the scum of Gotham, including Penguin and Joker, but his worst foe yet: the immortal vampire Dracula.
  • Dracula (2006)
    • A BBC mini-series, this production struggles with pacing and story, creating a boring dirge out of Bram Stoker's novel.
  • Dracula 3D
    • I would not have expected Dario Argento to make a bad Dracula, but the man, once a master of horror, managed to defy my expectations. Sadly, that's not a good thing.
  • Dracula (2013)
    • Featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role, this film remakes the original story with our vampire in the heroic role. Sadly the series only went for one season, but it managed to make the concept of Dracula as proagonist actually work, spectacularly, no less.
  • Castlevania (2017)
    • A newer anime adaptation of the video game series. Of course, considering the source material, it feature Dracula as well.
  • Dracula (2020)
    • Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (of Sherlock fame), this mini-series has a lot of spectacular ideas, solid production value, and a pretty great story. Like a lot of Gatiss/Moffat productions, though, it falls apart at the five-yard-line.

Further Reading:

  • The Kiss of the Vampire: Once planned as the next film in Hammer's "Van Helsing" series, it was reworked to be a generic vampire film when Cushing refused to return to the role of Van Helsing.
  • Blacula: A great version of the Dracula story, just with an African-American character in the lead role. One of the favorites of the editiors of this site.
  • Scream Blacula Scream: A sequel to the blaxploitation original, this film isn't as good as what came before, which is sad because the character of Blacula still had a lot of (un)life in him.
  • Vampire Hunter D: An anime film that went on to inspire Castlevania, featuring Dracula as one of the main antagonists.
  • Shadow of the Vampire: A great retrelling of the filming of Nosferatu, this film is equal parts comedy and horror and works so gloriously well.