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The Road to Dracula (1999)

A look at the history of the infamous vampire Dracula, and how the original 1931 film came to be.

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David J. Skal

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David J. Skal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Laemmle ... Herself - Host
Clive Barker ... Himself
Bob Madison Bob Madison ... Himself
David J. Skal ... Himself
Michael Barsanti Michael Barsanti ... Himself
Nina Auerbach Nina Auerbach ... Herself
Lokke Heiss Lokke Heiss ... Himself
Jan-Christopher Horak ... Himself
Ivan Butler Ivan Butler ... Himself
John Balderston Jr. John Balderston Jr. ... Himself (as John Balderston)
Bela Lugosi Jr. Bela Lugosi Jr. ... Himself (as Bela G. Lugosi)
Rick Baker ... Himself
Gary D. Rhodes Gary D. Rhodes ... Himself
Dwight David Frye Dwight David Frye ... Himself (as Dwight D. Frye)
Scott MacQueen Scott MacQueen ... Himself
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A look at the history of the infamous vampire Dracula, and how the original 1931 film came to be.

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English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (Finland) See more »

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Draculan synty See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"There ARE such things."
15 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Wonderful Dracula retrospective that was a featurette on the initial Dracula DVD release and has been included on subsequent releases. It's hosted by the delightfully charming Carla Laemmle, niece of the founder of Universal and an actress in her own right. She appears in the opening scene of Dracula as one of the coach passengers and actually says the first lines of the film. This featurette covers the history of Dracula from Bram Stoker to the stage play on to the classic 1931 film. It also oddly covers the Frank Langella '70s version of the film. While the inclusion of this seems strange, it does lead to one of the more amusing moments in the short where the elderly Laemmle swoons over Langella's "sexy" Dracula.

There's lots of interviews with the likes of Rick Baker, Clive Barker, Lupita Tovar, and the sons of Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, and John Balderston. It also features film historian and author David J. Skal, who wrote and directed this short. The only real complaint I have is that it doesn't cover the sequels to Dracula or any of the other versions, like Hammer's enjoyable series of Dracula films. But the focus is on Universal's Dracula film and the history of the character leading up to that, which is fine. It's a fun featurette with lots of information and history, especially for those new to Dracula or the Universal horror films.


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