Home Video Hovel: Scars of Dracula, by Craig Schroeder

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    “While Hammer’s Dracula films may never reach the same apex as Tod Browning’s 1931 masterpiece, Lee’s Dracula (he played the Count in ten different films for Hammer) is the one that has affixed itself to the culture’s subconscious. Christopher Lee is the people’s Dracula.”
    Not for me. I hadn’t seen any Hammer films until a couple years ago, but I was a disappointed to find that in films other than The Devil Rides Out they didn’t seem to trust Lee with dialogue. I only saw two of his Dracula films, Horror of Dracula and A.D 1972, so it’s possible he got to talk more in others, but I was unwilling to investigate further to find out.

  2. Mike says:

    It’s not a question of trusting Lee with dialogue, it’s a question of the character he is playing: if you read Stoker’s novel, you will find that other than in the opening chapters at the castle, where Dracula is lying through his fangs to manipulate Harker (and even then, after the first couple of nights, he speaks to Harker less and less over the two months he keeps him there, save to coax him occasionally to do his will), there are few later scenes in the novel in which Dracula speaks. The Count is largely a silent presence through the story: aboard the Demeter, whilst preying on Lucy, even when caught feeding Mina with his blood, he says nothing. Remember that Lugosi was playing the character from the stage play (not the novel), which invented lots of lines for him so audiences could see more of him on stage.

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