The Weirdest Dracula Movie Adaptations

The Weirdest Dracula Movie Adaptations

As the title suggests, this installment sees the Count introduced again to life in then-contemporary swinging London as Van Helsing’s granddaughter should tackle black magic, sexy youngsters, and one in all Dracula’s descendants with the extraordinarily delicate title of Johnny Alucard (get it?!). The fish-out-of-water facets get outdated shortly however seen now as a historic artifact with an undead tradition conflict, it’s a blast to observe. It helps that the funky Blaxploitation-inspired rating is filled with earworms. For the complete image, watch this alongside its direct sequel, 1973’s The Satanic Rites of Dracula, which options spies, bikers, sinister property builders, and an evil scientist attempting to create a brand new plague to wipe out the planet. Bram Stoker would have been proud.

Deafula (1975)

Aside from having the perfect pun title of this checklist, Deafula is a singular piece of labor in movie historical past, not simply that of Dracula variations. Peter Wechsberg, a member of the National Theater of the Deaf, directed the first-ever characteristic movie made totally in American Sign Language with this Dracula riff. He stars within the lead position as a theology pupil who fears {that a} vampire is committing a sequence of murders in his small city. Shot in black-and-white, it’s simple to see this set-up and suppose that Deafula is a comedy, but it surely’s really a really critical drama with a excessive physique rely and a heavy theological slant.

It’s totally honest in its dedication to telling a narrative with and for the Deaf neighborhood (it is a world the place being Deaf is the default), however some laughable results and the addition of a misguided English dub, full with a wonky Bela Lugosi impersonation, considerably undercuts its intentions. Its thematic confusion might encourage many a thesis, given how unexpectedly Christian it finally ends up being. 

Dog in Dracula's Dog

Zoltan: Hound of Dracula / Dracula’s Dog (1977)

Dracula has numerous wolves at his command within the novel and may flip into one (though most variations choose seeing him as a bat). Still, the idea of a vampiric Doberman will not be one which instantly involves thoughts for a Dracula adaptation. Step ahead Zoltan: Hound of Dracula, also called Dracula’s Dog. The Romanian Army by accident opens a subterranean tomb, as you do, and unleashes the vampiric Pinscher Zoltan, who was changed into a bloodsucking canine by Dracula over 300 years prior.

Now the canine and his master-slash-goon should journey to America to search out Dracula’s final remaining ancestor. More canine change into vampires, together with a really lovable German Shepherd pet, and the nice boy doggies are, after all, the one advantage of this movie. It’s too badly made to be scary however not figuring out sufficient to be humorous. You’d suppose a film with a premise this daft would know when to loosen up.

Gerard Butler as vampire in Dracula 2000

Dracula 2000 (2000)

Four phrases: Gerard Butler as Dracula. We might in all probability go away it there, however Patrick Lussier’s movie is oddly extra attention-grabbing than even that synopsis would recommend. Produced by, uh, Bob Weinstein, the notorious mogul made the movie as a result of the title was good. No, really, the uncredited screenwriter Scott Derrickson confirmed that. 



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