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Count Dracula is a 1970 film directed by Jess Franco and starring Christopher Lee as the titular Dracula in a non-Hammer Horror incarnation, reported to be the only incarnation of the Count Lee enjoyed portraying as he felt it was most faithful to the original.

Klaus Kinski plays Renfield, and Herbert Lom plays Dr. Van Helsing.

Not to be confused with Count Dracula (1977).


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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Mina is blonde and Lucy is brunette, whereas in the novel Mina is agreed to be brunette and Lucy is implied to be blonde.
  • Adapted Out: Arthur Holmwood is not in this film.
    • Averted by Quincey Morris, who is now the fiancé of Lucy.
  • Bedlam House: Averted; the psychiatric clinic is mostly well-established. The asylum is even operated by Dr. Van Helsing instead of Dr. Seward.
  • Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Dracula's brides
  • Burn the Undead: Harker and Quincey burn Dracula's coffin, forcing the vampire to be fatally Weakened by the Light.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Jonathan's claims of having escaped vampires is not taken seriously until Dr. Van Helsing spots two puncture wounds on his neck.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Dr. Van Helsing ends up in a wheelchair after having a stroke. That doesn't stop him from aiding in the hunt for Dracula.
  • Dracula: Who else?
  • Fainting: Lucy has a fainting episode during her and Mina's visit to the asylum.
  • Improvised Cross: Dr. Van Helsing uses a fire poker to scratch a scorched cross on the floor, driving Dracula away from Mina.
  • Missing Reflection: Dracula casts no reflection in Harker's mirror.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Dracula boasts about an ancestor (possibly himself) who defeated his enemies single handedly.
  • Super Window Jump: Jonathan does this to escape Dracula's castle.
    • Renfield attempts this himself, but he's not that successful escaping the asylum.
  • Truer to the Text: Lee enjoyed portraying this Dracula because it was accurate to the novel.
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  • Vampire Refugee: Mina, of course.

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