Writers – Bram Stoker – Novel
Richard Matheson – Screenplay
Starring – Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport, Pamela Brown, Fiona Lewis, Penelope Horner, Murray Brown, Virginia Wetherell, Barbara Lindley, Sarah Douglas, George Pravda, Hana Maria Pravda, Reg Lye, Fred Stone, Roy Spencer
Review by Noel Baily
Jack Palance made an extremely believable Count Dracula. In terms of physical appearance, probably the most suited actor to the role in screen history. With his slavic facial bone structure and dominating physical presence, he gives us very much that which Bram Stoker was describing in his classic work. For a limited budget TV movie, Dan Curtis has done himself proud here. Besides remaining reasonably true to the original story, the passion of Dracula’s love and the man himself are portrayed with great clarity here. That is something missing from most every other Dracula interpretation.
True, Palance overdoes his brooding and totally psychotic inner-rage bit…but thats Jack…what would you expect, Jack Black with fangs? Any serious student of the Dracula myth should have this film in their collection it is arguably in the top five versions of all time.