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Did Frank Langella Make for a Good Dracula?

I would say yes. The best onscreen portrayal? No. Near the top? Probably not. But near the bottom? Not at all. Bela is king and always shall be, with Lee as a close second. After that it’s all up for debate. Probably Oldman at number three on the list. But Frank Langella did credible work in the role.

From the linked article: “Langella’s Dracula is pointedly less scary than Skeletor [another role played by Frank Langella], and indeed, less scary than most dramatic Draculas. This is by design. While the actor did a campy take in the stage production that featured Edward Gorey set designs, the Dracula in director John Badham’s adaptation is designed to be a romantic lead. He has minions who are scary, and can change into animals, but when he seduces Lucy, we’re meant to understand why she’d take him over the fusty, dull Jonathan Harker…While the Count in Stoker’s book has been called an anti-Semitic caricature of a terrifying foreign rapist [idiotically—me], Langella’s Dracula is the sexy exotic who can seduce all the local women more easily than locals can.” Admittedly I prefer my Dracula to be scary, but Frank Langella brought this particular interpretation of the character to un-life with aplomb.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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One reply on “Did Frank Langella Make for a Good Dracula?”

I think Bram Stoker is the best Arthur of the Dracula novels and movies so I say yes the new vampire should show more of the Dracula story’s for further enjoyment to the public and for more tourists to come to see the experience in their community I put my own life for me to be a real vampire for the future to come

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