Cinema: Stuffy Nonsense

DRACULA

Directed by John Badham

Screenplay by W.D. Richter

This is the expensive Dracula that the gang at Hammer films must have dreamed of making back in the '50s and '60s. The legend had fallen out of general favor back then, and only B-picture makers and their fans still cared about the ineffable Transylvanian count and the strange folkloristic ways of fighting off his baleful influence (garlic on the windowsills, stakes through the heart, that sort of nonsense). Like those old programmers, the new Dracula is shot in the high gothic-romantic tradition, lushly scored...

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