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No bats were harmed in the making.....what a shame!
on 16 September 2017
You would think Donald Pleasance has enough on his hands, a wayward daughter, in charge of a lunatic asylum attached to his house. Then Laurence Olivier turns up half way through and tries to take over every scene in his usual way leaving poor old Don to suck lozenges in the wings. Thoroughly good film. Great blend of location photography and suspense with just right touch of theatricality and tongue in cheek to wash it down.
I preferred this to the Coppolla extravaganza as a cinematic extension or upcycling of the same ethos in the Hammer Horror series of films. You have to get used to the peculiar colour balance in the film and weird storyline - but thoroughly entertaining after that. The shipwreck scene and location/setting in general stunning and authentic.
Very watchable performances by Olivier, Pleasance, Langella and Trevor Eve in the thankless role of concerned ardent suitor. The girls are good too - but let's face it they are just bait in a Dracula movie - side roles for a deranged cockroach eating Tony Haygarth and a brief scene from our Jackie from Benidorm, Janine Duvitski. Wish you were here in the asylum!
Plus plenty of chirping live bats. Flying rats.