This romantic version would have been 5-star material... but for one aspect
+ Rosamunde - Pilcher - landscape Cornwall is the location, the Excalibur-Hotel posing as a lunatic asylum is nicely ironic, and Saint Michael's Mount was virtually crying out for an undead lord of the manor.
+ Add to this Frank Langella, who has never been better. What he does with his hands few actors are able to do with their entire bodies.
+ The marriage by blood acquires a decidedly different tone than the written original; first, the lady consents, and second, it is underscored with romantic music and nice symbolism.
+ This is one of the few versions where we can see Dracula climbing walls (upside down!)
+ The identities of Mina and Lucy are switched which makes sense in terms of the plot, and will only irritate the purists.
+ There is even a secondary climax when Lucy in turn seduces her Jonathan - perhaps with even more eroticism than her scene with Dracula (gents, beware of that lady!).
Well, it could have been sooo nice!
I remember well the first TV broadcast... in luscious colours. Even Hammer's Christopher Lee was permitted to wallow in primary colours.
- As if someone had sucked out all the life of the literary source, no pun intended.
- This, however, drains the film of much of its passion