If you're not a fan of horror movies, don't buy this. If you are, however, then curiosity value alone is enough to warrent the few pounds it costs to add this odd little movie to your collection.
At the time it was made, this was the closest movie adaptation of Stoker's novel despite the fact that massive chunks of the story are missing, numerous significant changes are made and several imortant characters simply aren't there. In the early scenes where Christopher Lee is allowed some dialogue, he is, despite poor direction and shoddy production values, qwite mesmerising. It's difficult for all concerned to completely escape the Hammer influence, but certain subtle differences in Lee's characterisation allow us to perceive this as, in places at least, a more authentic portrayal. Indeed, the film only comes to life when he is on screen. The rest of the performances are dull and listless with the exception of Klaus Kinski, who makes an interesting Renfield, but he seems to be too worried about his hair, and his character remains one - dimensional.
I didn't buy this expecting a great movie; we are, after all, talking Jess Franco here, but the fact that I had never seen it, coupled with the opportunity to see Christopher Lee taking a slightly different stab at the Count and delivering his interpretation of the 'Children of the night' speech was definately enough to justify buying it!