Saturday, June 12, 2010
First Released: 1953
This is a film that you can find ghosting around the internet, in a less than copyright compliant manner, but it is probably the only way you’d ever find it currently. I have had this for some time but the file was in Turkish language only (and the quality of the film, taken from TV, leaves a great deal to be desired). Recently a subtitle file appeared, the subtitles are not perfect but it made the film watchable for me. I have to say this is the prime example of a film that needs restoring, subtitling and sticking out there on DVD – it might not be the best filmic version of Dracula but it is historically fascinating.
Nosferatu had shown the Dracula equivalent with front fangs and Valkoinen Peura had shown a vampire with side fangs. However the ‘side fanged look’ had not been fundamentally established at this point in vampire cinema history.
Scars of Dracula by almost 20 years. Azmi actually goes back to Drakula’s resting place (who has fled with the rooster) and bashes him soundly with a spade before emptying a revolver into the vampire – of course he is not au fait with vampire slaying techniques – before making his escape. The film has no Renfield equivalent but to a degree the manservant fulfills a tad of the climax of that role, betraying the vampire for the hero(es).
6 out of 10. The imdb page is here.