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1[[quoteright:320:]] ˛˛''Count Dracula'' is a television adaptation of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' made in 1977 by Creator/TheBBC, starring Creator/LouisJourdan in the [[{{Dracula}} title role]]. ˛˛Originally broadcast as a single film, it was split up into a three-part MiniSeries for subsequent re-airings. In the United States, it was shown on Creator/{{PBS}}' ''Series/GreatPerformances''.˛˛----˛!! Tropes˛* AdaptationExpansion: The film opens with a prologue scene of Jonathan saying goodbye to Mina before he heads abroad. ˛* AdaptationalNiceGuy: Somewhat; Dracula is still evil but his relationship with his brides is rather less antagonistic than in the novel. When he finds them seducing Jonathan, his reaction is akin to a father's stern rebuke to his wayward children. Likewise, when they claim "he never loves", it's more a playful interaction between the four and he embraces them when he tells them of his plans to head to London.˛* AffablyEvil: Dracula in the novel occasionally loses his temper and rules his undead brides with an iron fist, but here is he almost always polite, calm and composed and shows his brides some more affection. This arguably makes him even creepier, as it makes his behaviour seem even less normal and human when, for instance, he simply smiles and ignores Jonathan when the latter [[NoSell attacks him with a shovel]] in his coffin, while in the novel he becomes enraged; he is perhaps more dangerous for it as he makes being turned into a vampire sound more tempting.˛* AgeLift: While every character is either played by an actor of the appropriate age or an example of DawsonCasting, Renfield (59) is played by Jack Shepherd (37), making this either an age lift or an example of UnderageCasting.˛* BadassCape: Dracula, of course.˛* CompositeCharacter: Quincey P. Morris and Arthur Holmwood are combined into Quincey P. Holmwood.˛* DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation: Dracula is killed by Van Helsing driving a wooden stake into his heart, while in the novel he is killed by Jonathan Harker cutting his throat with a knife and, at the same time, Quincey Morris thrusting a knife into his heart.˛* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lucy's gradual withering away as Dracula feeds on her is realistically portrayed here as an agonizing infectious disease, causing her endless confusion, pain, and suffering as she slowly succumbs to the vampiric plague.˛* FaceFramedInShadow: ˛** When the brides try to claim Mina and are unable to thanks to Helsing's holy made barrier. The lighting on their faces turn darker as they keep attempting to reach her while letting off inhuman growls and hisses.˛** Inverted at one point when Helsing and Harker confront Dracula and shine a cross on him, the cross casting a glow across Dracula's shadowed face.˛* GreaterScopeVillain: Dracula alludes to this when Van Helsing and his allies ask why Dracula feeds on humans. His simple answer is '''"We must recruit disciples - just as your leader has done. "''' The fact that he says "We" not "I" suggests that he himself, is a servant of a higher evil power. Although PopCulturalOsmosis through later adaptations and usage of the character would typically elevate Dracula to the status of [[DarkLord Lord of all Vampires]], no such allusion is made either in this film or the original Stoker novel. This makes sense as Dracula, apart from Renfield, doesn't evidently seem to have much in the way of a network of servants outside his castle (or even inside of it, for that matter).˛* MissingReflection: Twice.˛** First, in Castle Dracula, Jonathan is shaving only to be startled by Dracula appearing behind him. Dracula actually picks up the mirror, laughs it off [[BlatantLies and claims that it is broken]], then throws it out the window, an early sign that he isn't going to let Jonathan leave. ˛** Second, after Dracula's final attack on Lucy, when Helsing comes to check on her. He realizes he's too late to save her when he looks at a nearby mirror and see she has no reflection.˛* NervesOfSteel: Dracula himself. When Jonathan Harker begins to suspect his true nature, he is unmoved and continues his affable facade. When Harker directly accuses him of keeping him prisoner and lying to him, Dracula is unmoved and continues his affable facade. When Harker finds him resting in his coffin and ''attacks him with a shovel'', Dracula merely smiles and goes back to sleep. No matter what the heroes do, nothing can make Dracula suffer even the slightest VillainousBreakdown, though he [[spoiler:does scream when he is staked.]]˛* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Dracula seems to have this view of himself and Christianity. He derides his enemies as fools clinging to a "2000 year old superstition", is skeptical of the existence of a soul, mocks Van Helsings prayers as sounding "more convincing in Latin", and compares himself [[BlasphemousBoast favourably to Christ]] with the people he turns to vampires being his own "disciples". From his point of view, [[BetterLivingThroughEvil he already HAS eternal life]], so religion is pointless to him. Despite this, crosses and and holy wafers still hurt and ward off vampires as normal, so his beliefs [[IRejectYourReality might be closer to denial]].˛* RedEyesTakeWarning: Vampires in this movie sport them. The female vampires in particular go red colored when vamping out.˛* RelatedInTheAdaptation: Rather then childhood friends in the novel, Mina and Lucy are sisters in this story.˛* RiseFromYourGrave: The movie opens with a shot of a coffin bearing the name of the title character. After a lighting flash, we see his hand coming out of the coffin. It then cuts to a presumably dead woman resting in her coffin...until she opens her eyes.˛* SleepsWithBothEyesOpen: When Harker stumbles upon the vampires' resting chambers, he finds the brides' eyes are all open as they slumber in their coffins. Two even slightly react to his presence. Though since the sun is up, they can't attack him.˛* TranshumanTreachery: Lucy does so as always, but Mina in this version is shown to be more affected by Dracula than in the novel as well, to the point that it's implied that when she and Van Helsing are attacked by the brides in the woods, in this version she was actually luring Van Helsing into a trap rather than them simply being hunted. ˛* TruerToTheText: Despite combining two characters, this version is considered to be the most faithful adaptation of the story.˛* VampiresAreSexGods:˛** Jonathan gets seduced by the brides while he stays up writing a letter.˛** Dracula's second bite on Lucy has this overtone.˛* VampireRefugee: Much more blatant in this version. When Lucy is first bitten she begins to notice fangs forming into her mouth and they fully form right before her natural death. Mina likewise showcases this change after Dracula bites her.˛----


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