Dadmancult
Contrary to the rest of the civilised world, I have a massive soft spot for Badham’s 1979 retelling of ‘Dracula’. Stylish and elegant, with a rousing score by John Williams, it undeniably suffers from the mis-step of casting Olivier as Van Helsing, and the fact it’s based on the hoary old Balderston and Deane stage version. It’s rather unevenly paced, but it’s got atmosphere by the bucket load, and the production design is gorgeous, easily trumping Coppola’s flawed and stodgy movie. Langella is pitch perfect as a more romanticised count, but his best moment is easily the chilling stare he gives, after scaling the asylum walls, while picking the lead out from a window frame to gain access to Lucy.

Contrary to the rest of the civilised world, I have a massive soft spot for Badham’s 1979 retelling of ‘Dracula’. Stylish and elegant, with a rousing score by John Williams, it undeniably suffers from the mis-step of casting Olivier as Van Helsing, and the fact it’s based on the hoary old Balderston and Deane stage version. It’s rather unevenly paced, but it’s got atmosphere by the bucket load, and the production design is gorgeous, easily trumping Coppola’s flawed and stodgy movie. Langella is pitch perfect as a more romanticised count, but his best moment is easily the chilling stare he gives, after scaling the asylum walls, while picking the lead out from a window frame to gain access to Lucy.