Film, video and television productions based on the novel by Bram Stoker:
Originally Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (German)
Director F.W. Murnau; writer Henrik Galeen; featuring Max Shreck
English and Spanish versions of film. English: director Tod Browning; writers Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston,; variably featuring Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan. Spanish: director George Melford; writ. Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston, Baltasar Fernández Cué; featuring Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Pablo Álvarez Rubio
Three films variably featuring Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Edward Van Sloan, Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, John Carradine, Onslow Stevens, Glenn Strange
Also called Dracula
Director Terence Fisher; writer Jimmy Sangster; featuring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough
Three films variably featuring Peter Cushing, David Peel, Yvonne Monlaur, Martita Hunt, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson
Director John Badham; writer Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston, W.D. Richter; featuring Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasance, Kate Nelligan
Two films. 1979: director Stan Dragoti, featuring George Hamilton, Richard Benjamin. 1995: director Mel Brooks, featuring Leslie Neilsen, Steve Weber, Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman
Also called Dracula
Director Francis Ford Coppola; writer Jame V. Hart; featuring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Tom Waits
Director E. Elias Merhige; writer Steven Katz; featuring John Malkovich, Willem Defoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes
Director Patrick Lussier; writer Joel Soission, Lussier; featuring Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jonny Lee Miller, Justine Waddell, Jeri Ryan
The new brides of Dracula are out for blood—and campy fun—in Dracula 2000.
Dracula the Christ killer
Bringing us into—or at least to the edge of—the twenty-first century, is Dracula 2000.
This film is generally hated by Dracula buffs, mainly because of its last twenty minutes in which the vampire's origins are tied in with the betrayal of Christ by Judas.
It's a clever idea but so wrong, wrong, wrong. Whatever your theory of Dracula's appeal, it has to do with something primal, sensual, pagan—definitely not the Easter story.
Gerard Butler as Dracula as Judas
But aside from that unfortunate speculation, it's not a bad vampire flick. A young Gerard Butler is a sexy and dashing, if thoroughly evil, incarnation of the undead count, somewhat in the Langella mould.
Instead of being transported by ship to England, as in the Bram Stoker novel, Dracula's coffin is flown to America and the count ends up rampaging in New Orleans.
In the New World, he also acquires—through biting them—three new brides, including former news reporter Valerie, played by Jeri Ryan (of Star Trek: Voyager fame). They join him in his ongoing showdown with vampire-slayer Abraham Van Helsing, who is once again on his tail.
Christopher Plummer is a terrific Van Helsing, who has survived to current times due to having been infected by Dracula himself. (Van Helsing periodically injects himself with a counter-agent). Plummer could have surpassed even Cushing as the greatest Van Helsing if given more screen time.
Justine Waddell is spunky as his daughter Mary who becomes Dracula's latest target.
The other actors are mainly TV stars and B-movie actors who seem to be having a lot of fun camping it up as victims and/or servants of the dark master.
Decent plot, dramatic twists...something like a good episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel. Well worth a watch, if you're into the genre.