Throughout history he has filled the hearts of men with terror, and the hearts of women with desire.
Universal's second version of Dracula
was adapted from the same stage play its predecessor
was based upon in the wake of a successful Broadway revival. The star of that production, Frank Langella, reprises his role as Dracula, while Laurence Olivier
as Abraham Van Helsing and Donald Pleasence
as Dr. Seward head up the supporting cast.
In 1913, a ship (with its entire crew dead) arrives on the shore of North Yorkshire in England. With it arrives the Romanian Count Dracula, who has bought the disused Carfax Abbey, located near Dr. Seward's sanitarium. Dracula sets upon furthering his kind. First, he seduces and turns Mina Van Helsing, a guest in the Seward home, and then — more romantically — pursues Lucy Seward. When Professor Abraham Van Helsing arrives in Whitby upon word of Mina's sudden, mysterious death, he leads the investigation into Dracula's true nature...but is it already too late to save Lucy's soul?
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