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|No.||Movie Titles||Directed By||Votes||Note|
|1.||Dracula (1931)||Tod Browning||569||9.53|
|2.||Dracula (1992)||Francis Ford Coppola||607||9.37|
|3.||The Brides of Dracula (1960)||Terence Fisher||85||8.94|
|4.||Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)||Guy Maddin||102||8.76|
|5.||Blood of Dracula (1957)||Herbert L. Strock||29||8.65|
|6.||Underworld (2003)||Len Wiseman||292||8.57|
|7.||Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)||Terence Fisher||84||8.51|
|8.||Horror of Dracula (1958)||Terence Fisher||193||8.19|
|9.||Dracula's Daughter (1936)||Lambert Hillyer||56||8.07|
|10.||Dracula 2000 (2000)||Patrick Lussier||87||7.89|
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In 1920, the first movie Dracula, based on the Bram Stoker’s novel with the similar name, is made in Russia. Unfortunately, no copies have survived. The second movie named Dracula, is produced in 1921 in Hungary, and in 1922 appears the third attempt to film Dracula (actually named Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens aka Terror of Dracula ), which is a silent movie produced by Prana Films in Germany and directed by expressionist F. W. Murnau.
The movie took the story of Dracula and set it in Transylvania and Germany . In the story, Dracula's role was changed to that of Count Orlok, one of the most hideous versions of the vampire ever to be created for a movie, played by Max Schreck (whose name literally means 'fright').
Because the movie was an unauthorized adaptation of Stoker's novel, t he Stoker estate won its lawsuit and all existing prints of Nosferatu were ordered to be destroyed. However, a number of pirated copies of the movie survived to the present era, where they entered the public domain.
The most famous movie Dracula made after Bram Stoker’s story is produced in 1931. Dracula is one of the earliest classic American horror films from Carl Laemmle's Universal Pictures - an acclaimed masterpiece directed by Tod Browning, known also for two other vampire films: London After Midnight (1927) (aka The Hypnotist) with Lon Chaney, Sr., and Mark of the Vampire (1935) (aka Vampires of Prague), with Bela Lugosi and Lionel Barrymore.
At the same time as the 1931 Lugosi film a Spanish language version was filmed for release in Mexico . It was filmed at night using the same sets as the Tod Browning production with a different cast and crew (a common practice in the early days of sound films). George Melford's was the director and it starred Carlos Villarías as the Count, Eduardo Arozamena as Van Helsing and Lupita Tovar as Eva. The Spanish 1931 Dracula is considered by many a superior production, from a technical point of view, and also because of the acting that shows greater depth and range. There is, however, one crucial element missing from the Spanish Dracula - Bela Lugosi.
In 1936 Dracula's Daughter was released by Universal Pictures, being directed by Lambert Hillyer. Intended to be a film version of Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest - a chapter from his famous novel – Dracula that was cut due to length and later reissued as a separate short story, Dracula’s Daughter came out, looking nothing at all like Stoker’s work. The performance of actress Gloria Holden (The Corsican Brothers) as the alluring Countess Zaleska, Dracula's daughter is considered to be memorable. Holden breaks the mold of the standard woman's role in these films, bringing incredible depth to her character. Gloria Holden puts forth the finest performance by any actress in any of the classic Universal Studios horror pictures; more than anything else, she is what makes this movie work.
Son of Dracula (1943) is the third in what can be loosely considered a trilogy of vampire films produced by Universal Pictures (The first was Dracula (1931), and this was followed by Dracula's Daughter (1936). House of Dracula (1945) followed and some sources view the trilogy as Dracula/Son of Dracula/House of Dracula while others see it as Dracula/Dracula's Daughter/House of Dracula). Directed by Robert Siodmak, Son of Dracula was made right in the middle of World War II and it had too many weaknesses to register among the more notable horror fare of the time.
In 1956 John Carradine plays Dracula in the first television adaptation of the play for “Matinee Theatre”. “ KyuketsukiGa”, the first Japanese vampire film, is released.
Dracula is a 1958 British horror film, and the first of a series of Hammer Horror films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. In the United States, the film was retitled Horror of Dracula to avoid confusion with the Tod Browning directed Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi as the Count.
In 1958 Hammer Films in Great Britain initiates a new wave of interest in vampires with the first of it's Dracula films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. In order to avoid confusion with the Tod Browning directed Dracula (1931), the movie was released in the United States as the Horror of Dracula. Dracula a.k.a. Horror Of Dracula was the first entry in Hammer's Dracula series and and it is considered to be one of the best.
It was followed by seven sequels beginning with The Brides of Dracula in 1960, followed by Dracula: Prince of Darkness in 1966, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave in 1968, Taste the Blood of Dracula in 1970, Scars of Dracula in 1970, Dracula AD 1972 in 1972 and The Satanic Rites of Dracula in 1973.
The Brides of Dracula is a 1960 British Hammer horror film directed by Terence Fisher which had the première at the Odeon, Marble Arch on 6 July 1960. The screen play was written by Jimmy Sangster, Peter Bryan and Edward Percy and it was produced by Anthony Hinds.
Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Studios. Dracula: Prince of Darkness is an oddity in the progression of the Hammer movies. It had as alternative titles: The Bloody Scream of Dracula, Disciple of Dracula, Dracula 3, Revenge of Dracula, Dracula Principe de las Tiniebias (French title).
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave was directed by Freddie Francis for Hammer Films and it was released in UK in 1968. It stars Christopher Lee as the Count, with support from Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson and Michael Ripper. In France, it was released under the name of Dracula et Les Femmes.
Taste the Blood of Dracula is a horror film produced by Hammer Film Productions and released in 1970. It stars Christopher Lee as Dracula, and was directed by Peter Sasdy who was a Hungarian immigrant who had some experience with directing SF movies and TV series.
Scars of Dracula is a 1970 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker for Hammer Studios. It stars Christopher Lee as Dracula, alongside Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick Troughton, and Michael Gwynn. Even if it was disparaged by critics there is one thing that gave value to the movie: the excellent lead performance of Christopher Lee
Dracula A.D. 1972 is a 1972 film by Hammer Film Productions. It stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Stephanie Beacham and it was directed by Alan Gibson. It is the seventh film in Hammer's Dracula series, and the sixth film to star Christopher Lee in the title role. Dracula A.D. 1972 was not popular with the critics at the time it was released, and even today, it is considered to be another of Hammer’s mistakes.
The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a 1974 Hammer Horror film directed by Alan Gibson and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The movie was innitially titled Dracula is Dead and Well and Living in London in November 1972, but it was eventually retitled as The Satanic Rites of Dracula. In the United States the film was distributed as Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride. The Satanic Rites of Dracula was the end of the line for Hammer's version of the famous vampire.
Dracula is a 1979 horror/romance film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula. The film was directed by John Badham. This version had been developed out of a highly successful 1976 Broadway restaging of the Balderston and Deane adaptation of the novel. The play, which starred Frank Langella, had been acclaimed for its sexy, romantic revision of the story . But, in spite of a big marketing campaign, the film wasn’t received very well by critics and audiences because many felt the film was too much romance and too little horror.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 horror/romance film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. I t is considered to be more like the book than any other "Dracula" films (the screenplay is by James V. Hart). It starred Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins and Winona Ryder. Despite the great actors in his cast, Coppola makes sure no one doubts this is a director's movie, throwing his bag of technical tricks on the screen.
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary is a 2002 horror film directed by Guy Maddin. It's a silent, black-and-white version of a ballet based on the Bram Stoker classic. Dancers Zhang Wei-Qiang (in the title role) and Tara Birtwhistle (as Lucy) have dramatic flair and Maddin understands the efficiency of gestures like a mime, which is vital for a silent film. He is capable of always choosing the right movements for his actors to communicate maximum clarity and effect. With Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, Maddin has created a truly inspired work that successfully combines ballet, film, and horror.
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Last update: 22 August 2006