Well, well, I am so pleased to say I have just watched Dario Argento's Dracula and I really enjoyed it. After reading volumes of bad press and the abysmal Giallo still festering in my mind I approached it nervously. It isn't perfect but I liked the locations and the castle was really nice (but I know better ones in Ukraine). The art direction was lovely and the quirky performances were certainly not out of place in an Argento film and I liked the changes Dario made to a story we've seen many many times before. Kretschmann's Dracula recalls Louis Jordan and even Max Schreck at times. The big shock for me was that I found the giant Preying Mantis a great idea and quite diabolic. Come on Dario, what is it about insects that you like so much? Cockroach spies? Well it is an Argento film after all. I'd much rather have this rather restrained and quirky Dracula than the in your face over the top Gothic Coppola version. I think the photography, bright, clear and sharp was quite something. You don't tend to get such clarity in horror films. I imagine it would improve the 3D viewing experience as dark and shadows turn the 3D image to mush but having seen it 2D I can't comment. So it's a huge improvement on Giallo and Phantom of the Opera, it's going to divide fans but hope, after a while, people might warm to it.