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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (TV Movie 1974)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 730 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 8 February 1974 (USA)
  • Runtime: 100 min
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (TV Movie 1974)

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  • IMDb page: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (TV Movie 1974)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 730 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 8 February 1974 (USA)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: Trakoscan Castle, Croatia
  • Director: Dan Curtis
  • Stars: Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert) 
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Bloodsucker | Noble | Gothic | Aristocrat | Vampire Slayer

Writing Credits By:

  • Richard Matheson (written by)
  • Bram Stoker  novel (uncredited)

Known Trivia

  • As Holmwood and Van Helsing explore Dracula’s castle, they briefly stop to examine an iron maiden torture device, most likely a reference to the Bram Stoker short story “The Squaw,” in which the main character meets his end inside such a device. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Jack Palance admitted to being glad once the film was completed. A method actor, he felt that he was “becoming” Dracula more than he wanted. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • According to the featurette on the DVD, Jack Palance had been offered the role of Dracula several more times after his first performance, but he turned them all down. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • This made-for-TV special was canceled the first night that it was supposed to be broadcast because of the resignation of disgraced Vice President Spiro Agnew. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The entire run of The Tomb of Dracula was penciled by Gene Colan, with Tom Palmer inking virtually all (although Gil Kane drew many of the covers for the first few years, as he did for many other Marvel titles). Colan based the visual appearance of Marvel’s Dracula not on Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, or any other actor who had played the vampire on film, but rather on actor Jack Palance. Palance would play Dracula in a television production of Stoker’s novel the year after The Tomb of Dracula debuted. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Several plot elements of this adaptation were also present in the Hammer Films / Terrence Fisher version with Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing, Dracula (1958 film). This includes Jonathan Harker being killed at the castle, becoming a vampire and being killed by a friend (in this case, Arthur Holmwood rather than Van Helsing); the interior of Castle Dracula looking too “new” with wood paneling, more like a mansion than a castle; Arthur Holmwood being the main character who goes with Van Helsing to destroy Lucy, to follow the trail of a coffin from one place to another; then to Castle Dracula itself; and Van Helsing tearing down curtains to let in sunlight at the climax. In effect, it appears Dan Matheson’s adaptation used Jimmy Sangster’s 1958 version as a starting point, then worked his way back toward Bram Stoker’s novel. While the most authentic version most American had seen at the time, both the Jess Franco and BBC versions were far closer to the book, especially the latter. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: When Dracula hurls the man out of the upper story window of the hotel, the cushion that breaks the stuntman's fall can be briefly seen in the lower left corner of the screen.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Dan Curtis known as producer
  • Robert Singer known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jack Palance known as Dracula
  • Simon Ward known as Arthur
  • Nigel Davenport known as Van Helsing
  • Pamela Brown known as Mrs. Westenra
  • Fiona Lewis known as Lucy
  • Penelope Horner known as Mina
  • Murray Brown known as Jonathan Harker
  • Virginia Wetherell known as Dracula's Wife (as Virginia Wetherall)
  • Barbara Lindley known as Dracula's Wife
  • Sarah Douglas known as Dracula's Wife
  • George Pravda known as Innkeeper
  • Hana Maria Pravda known as Innkeeper's Wife (as Hanna-Maria Pravda)
  • Reg Lye known as Zookeeper
  • Fred Stone known as Priest
  • Roy Spencer known as Whitby Inn Clerk
  • John Challis known as Stockton-on-Tees Clerk
  • Nigel Gregory known as Midvale Shipping Clerk
  • John Pennington known as Richmond Shipping Clerk
  • Martin Read known as Coastguard
  • Gita Denise known as Madam Kristoff
  • Sandra Caron known as Whitby Inn maid (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Paul Rabiger known as makeup artist
  • Bobbie Smith known as hair stylist (as Bobby Smith)




Production Companies:

  • Latglen Ltd.

Other Companies:

  • Twickenham Studios  sound re-recording


  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1974) (USA) (TV)
  • EMI Distribution (1974) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Thriller Video (1985) (USA) (VHS)
  • MPI Home Video (1992) (USA) (VHS)
  • MPI Home Video (1992) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
  • New Age Entertainment (1994) (UK) (VHS)
  • MPI Home Video (2000) (USA) (DVD)
  • MPI Home Video (2002) (USA) (DVD)
  • Live Home Video (????) (USA) (VHS)
  • Live Home Video (????) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    I am a great fan of vampire movies, and was really surprised how goodthis classic version of Bram Stocker’s novel is. I am not fan of JackPalance, but he is amazing in the role of Dracula, maybe better thanChristopher Lee or Bela Lugosi. He looks like a kind of "human animal",while Christopher Lee is a sort of gentleman vampire. Good direction,great performances of the cast, excellent locations and very fewspecial effects make this film a worthwhile vampire movie. I noted agreat flaw in the shooting, almost in the end of the story, whenJonathan Harker is thrown in a hole in the count’s property inTransilvania: Arthur and Dr. Van Helsing are alone in the place andwhen they approach to see Jonathan’s body, a third person can be seenin the back of Van Helsing. However, this mistake is irrelevant anddoes not decrease my rating of this movie. In the DVD released inBrazil, there are some problems with the colors along the first thirdof the film, with the black turning into green. My vote is eight.

    Title (Brazil): "Drácula – O Demônio das Trevas" ("Dracula – The Demonof the Shadows")

  2. mlevans from Oklahoma
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    Few people remember that Jack Palance–better known as a rough Westerncharacter and elderly machismo cologne huckster–played Dracula. For any10-11-year-olds in 1973, who saw this TV movie, however, his performancewill never be forgotten!

    I got a chance to see this version of the classic tale as adult a few yearsago and found that it is still a fine film. Palance brings something uniqueto the vampire role. Somewhere between Max Schreck’s hideous rat-like CountOrlok and the debonair Lugosi/Lee/Langela Dracula, Palance may well exudesome sort of animal magnetism to women, but is still a hideous fanged beaston the prowl. The scene of him trying to get into the locked hotel room ofthe two women still gives me shivers. Few Draculas ever barred their fangsand hissed as Palance did–although this has seemed to be a popular move forfemale vampires.

    Jack Palance will never be the first or second (or third) name associatedwith film vampires. For those who saw him in the role, though, it is hard toever forget his Dracula. Watch it if you get the chance!

  3. ( from Northridge, Ca
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    Jack Palance is not the sexiest nor the spookiest Dracula, but he's amarvelous choice for many reasons–and he definitely stands out fromthe other (often memorable) performances. Only a couple of years beforedoing this movie, Palance starred in the film THE HORSEMAN, playing alegendary bukashi rider; it was only one of several suchhorseman-warrior roles Palance specialized in (including the part ofRevak in an Italian film titled THE BARBARIANS). In fact, Palance is anactor who can claim to have played both Dracula AND Attila the Hun.

    Some might wonder what that has do with the bloodsucking count, but atone point in the Stoker novel, Dracula says, "the blood of Attila flowsthrough these veins." Though they didn't retain that particular line,the film-makers emphasize from beginning to end this particular Draculais an ex-warrior–and Palance suggests a former, Magyar beserkerbrilliantly.

    This is also the first version of the novel to have the motivation ofDracula travelling to England for the purpose of reclaiming his lostlove–an idea that adds a touch of pathos. Perhaps Dan Curtis didsimply re-use it from his DARK SHADOWS series, but I can't help butwonder, however, if the idea might also have sprung from this movie'sadapter, Richard Matheson. A talented novelist in his own right,Matheson wrote the book (and the screenplay) of SOMEWHERE IN TIME,which also has a central character searching for his true love acrossthe ages. In any case, it's an approach that adds a layer to Dracula'scharacter and would be used again in the Coppola version. I think itwill be used in future adaptations as well. In any case, for therecord, this was the version that did it first.

    All in all, this version isn't as stylish or as atmospheric as someothers, but it's well worthwhile and is a must in any Dracula fan'slibrary.

  4. Venus-25 from New York, NY
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    Other fans of DARK SHADOWS will recognize the lost-love element as havingcome from Barnabas Collins’ tragic situation in that series. It adds amagnificent new element to the Dracula story without diluting the original. Bob Cobert’s music, also familiar to DARK SHADOWS fans, is the perfectaccompaniment to the tale of the vampire count. I have watched thisnumerous times since it became available on tape.

    The various film adaptations of DRACULA have covered probably most of theways this can be interpreted, from implied sexual perversion (1931), rawsexuality (HORROR OF DRACULA), flagrant, swept-off-one’s-feet romance(1979), to historical retrospective (1992), to modern revisionism (2000). This film takes elements of most of these in a neat TV package with anappropriately British supporting cast.

    Watch every version anyway; Dracula is a unique addiction!

  5. ghizzmoe ( from Commonwealth of Virginia, USA
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    Jack Palance is arguably the best of the Draculas’. He is the only actorthat ever gave me shivers when I watched, and to me that is one of my maincriteria…..that I be scared! Yet I was also fascinated with the way hemoved, sort of silent and deadly (as any vampire should). The very factthat his facial structure fit his character (as to his place of origin) wasonly a bonus. How could we not help but be witness to the dark and sinisterside of Jack. His eyes were testament to something deep and mysterioushidden within. And yet are we not drawn to that which is dark and dreadful,that which makes us draw our hand to our mouth as if to stifle the suddengasp of fear, as if it could protect us from that beautiful doom?Yes…Jack Palance as Dracula is all that and more to me.

  6. rob_h from Dover, NH
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    Leave it to a film class student to come up with a ridiculous, negativereview (see below)! The Dan Curtis _Dracula_ was the first version to addthe variation of the long-lost love angle to the traditional vampirestory.Curtis’s variation seems to have worked; it’s showed up in several otherlater versions. What’s more, the adaptation of Stoker’s novel "feels"rightand is very faithful to the original. Jack Palance, far from lookingconstipated (see review below), brings an eerie ambiguity to the film withhis odd expressions–is he in pain? Is he sad about what he does? Wedon’tknow, and that makes the film worth seeing again and again. As inCurtis’swell-known series _Dark Shadows_, the suspenseful music (by the marvelousRobert Cobert) is made to tell a great deal of the story. And as always,the music fits the images like a glove. The supporting actors are _all_fabulous–I’m a big fan of Nigel Davenport. And now that the film isavailable on DVD, one has a greater sense for Curtis’s grand visual style.In short, this _Dracula_’s a keeper, one of the really great versions ofBram Stoker’s wonderful novel.

  7. Scarecrow-88 from United States
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    A lot of folks I imagine will kind of giggle at the mere notion of JackPalance in the role of Count Dracula, but I persist that he's one ofthe most fierce and menacing I've seen to date. Even as die hard aPalance fan as I am, he even surprised me because his Dracula isabsolutely intense and quite passionate. One superb sequence hasDracula throwing men around like rag dolls while moving through a hotellooking for Mina, it completely works because Palance simply towersover his opposition. The final confrontation, as Van Helsing and Arthurintrude upon his castle("You're now in my domain, gentlemen. And, youshall not leave"), Dracula lifts Van Helsing in the air, hurling himinto a suit of armor!

    While director Dan Curtis' version of Dracula, based on a screenplaywritten by the great Richard Matheson, doesn't relish in bloody heartstakings, it does feature Dracula casting those that stand in his awayto the side, clutching their throats with benevolent intent, movingthem out his way. What I liked about this Dracula was his determinationto achieve his aspirations in regards to finding and recoveringLucy(Fiona Lewis), who resembled identically a former love from hisdays as a mighty Hungarian warrior fighting armies..many attribute thisromantic sub-plot(..nowhere even near as overbearing as it was inCoppola's film)to Curtis' own Dark Shadows, which he even admitted inan interview regarding the similarities of a vampire desiring to attainhis true love through any means necessary.

    There's a magnificent scene where Dracula calls for Lucy to come, notknowing that she had been put to rest by Van Helsing who relieved hervampire curse by ramming a stake into her heart, the result showing theCount going berserk, destroying objects in the mausoleum, includingturning over her casket! Matheson's screenplay avoids major emphasis onJonathan Harker's(Murray Brown)time with Dracula, opting instead tomove from Transylvania to England where the Count eyes Lucy,Arthur(Simon Ward), her fiancé, calling on Van Helsing( impressiveNigel Davenport, who remains restrained and contained, not goingover-the-top or creating a too eccentric scientist, firmly groundinghis character into a dedicated pragmatist)to assist in determining whatexactly is contributing to her anemia and sudden sickly nature.Penelope Horner's Mina isn't as richly presented, more of a supportingcharacter whose endangered life(..Dracula, as revenge against VanHelsing and Arthur for the loss of Lucy, has Mina drink from his bloodso he can control her)will need rescuing.

    What I truly love about this production(..and the BBC version,featuring Louis Jordan as a more sophisticated, aristocratic Count)isthe location shooting, evoking a totally different period by shootingin England, particularly the Castle Dracula, where Van Helsing andArthur discover a pit and Iron Maiden, not to mention the coven ofvampire brides in their coffins. Great jump scare where we find outabout Harker's fate after being left behind by Dracula to become fodderfor his brides. Unlike the Hammer Dracula films, this version showsthat sunlight only paralyzes the Count, not burning his flesh. Anotherelement not seen in other Dracula films is how the Count uses a mad dogto attack those he doesn't wish to bother with, and I was amused by howirritated he would get with those who would start up a row when he'dappear on the scene, trespassing, a contempt for mortals who thoughtthey could harm him with pistols or fisticuffs.

  8. mord39 from New York
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

    At first glance, Jack Palance would seem to be the wrong type for the leadin this television version of DRACULA; but once the movie is well under way,he is purely magnificent in the role. He admittedly truly got "into" thecharacter, so much so that he sometimes feared he might never be able to getout again!

    In the disastrous 1990’s we were fed Coppola’s BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, whichwas a huge disappointment. It stole elements from this 1973 version, mostnotably the idea of Dracula as a more sympathetic character searching forthe reincarnation of his old lover (here she’s played by the stunning FionaLewis).But the 1992 version failed miserably because we grew to really likeDracula, and that should NEVER happen. But with this Dan Curtis production,we can feel sad for the Count’s dilemma, yet still fear and despise him asthe villain despite his tragedy. Palance’s vampire comes off as a monster,but with just a hint of his past life of humanity which even he seems tomiss.

    The direction is sound, and the scenery is simple but atmospheric.

    To this date, not one version of Stoker’s novel has been adapted exactly ashe intended it, including this one. There are liberties taken here, but itstill remains a better choice than the Coppola film. This is a relativelyunseen item that should be re-discovered.

  9. riotrr from United States
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    I’ve watched this version of Dracula many times and each time I watch it I’mreminded again of how good it is. This is one of my favorite Dracula moviesever.

    Made for television in the early 1970s, it’s still capable of keeping meinterested and still gives me a few chills.

    Great acting abounds in this film. Nigel Davenport makes a very convincingVan Helsing. The talented Fiona Lewis is excellent as Lucy. Jack Palance iswonderful as Dracula. He is probably the most physically imposing Draculaever. His Dracula doesn’t shrink away and hide from those that might opposehim like many portrayals of Dracula seem to do. Jack’s Dracula will confronthis enemies with vicious super-human strength, often destroying them in theconfrontations. I really like this physically dominating Dracula. He’s agreat physical danger to others as well as a spiritualone!

    All in all, this is a great movie and I highly recommend it. 9 out of10!

  10. Lord Willie from Stockholm, Sweden
    28 Sep 2013, 5:20 pm

    This is a review in retrospect, since it’s been about 20+ years or so sinceI saw it on TV. However, despite the time passed might seem great, theoverall impressions is still there, and for a reason. This is just simplyone of the best visualizations of a Vampire Lord filmed.

    Jack Palance moves through the story with absolute power and confidence -asit becomes him – being an Immortal creature. I remember being truly pleasedby this one thing; at last, a movie that showed how this powerful creatureaVampire really is, also allowed it to behave like an Immortalbeing.

    Palance is not the kind that lurks in the shadows waiting to stab it’sunsuspecting prey in the back, he steps out and confronts his hunters intheopen and laugh mercilessly at their despair. Of course these puny humanschasing him is nothing more than an itch to be scratched. Annoying, butnothing more…

    This film makes a very believable depiction of what it would be like tohavean undead Immortal Lord (or Count) crashing through your neighborhood…

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