So we have Christopher Lee (natch) playing the Count as if he were Vlad Dracula and he cuts a pretty imposing figure too. The movie is mostly the same sort of fare. But there are a lot of treats in this. Not only is Jesús Franco directing it but we also get Klaus Kinski as Renfield and Soledad Miranda as Lucy. Both would later go on to star in other vampire movies; Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Vampyros Lesbos (1971) respectively.
What this movie lacks in budget and gore it more than makes up for in atmosphere. This movie just oozes it. It is not a great film, but it is more faithful to the original story than Argento's. Plus there is no suggestion that Mina is nothing more to Dracula than a tasty snack.
In the end though I could not help but really enjoy this one. Plus I love the huge Dracula 'stash on Christopher Lee. I had this old copy of Dracula that had a picture of the Count when Harker first meets him, he had a long white moustache and the image stuck with me.
Tally: Watched 8, New 7
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