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2.0 out of 5 stars Micast Dracula - at least in the title role, 5 April 2008
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As a fan of Dracula movies, particularly the Frank Langella version made in the late 70s, I was curious to see this one but the casting of Marc Warren in the title role was a total disaster. His face is far too contemporary for this role, although he reminded me of a young Malcolm McDowell. Playing Dracula, Warren displayed none of the Count's sexual attractiveness or menace, just a sense of discomfort in the role. His blank stare at the camera didn't convey menace, just boredom. Dracula should inspire terror not boredom!

Dan Stevens, as the fiance of Lucy, looked at ease (pre-Downton Abbey) in the period setting and Tom Burke should be praised for his role as Dr Seward - one of the better castings. Dr Seward is crucial to the plot as he is still in love with Lucy who is now Lady Holmwood and there is simmering resentment at her marriage to Holmwood (Stevens). Strange that Tom Burke was not mentioned in the opening credits as he should have had equal billing with Stevens and Moyles.

Donald Sumpter was perfect as Dracula's willing acolyte and he never gives a bad performance.

The film was too short at 90 minutes running time and David Suchet should have had more screen time as Dr van Helsing. The story of Dracula needs time to explain all the plot and this version was made for television which might explain the 90 minute running time. As an alernative, watch the Frank Langella version with Langella as Dracula and then compare it with this version.

Casting directors like to cast actors against type and Gary Oldman is a case in point, although I loved the Coppola version of Dracula - apart from Oldman, that is!
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