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Count Dracula is a TV mini-series adaptation of Dracula made in 1977 by The BBC, starring Louis Jourdan as Dracula. In the United States, it was seen on Masterpiece Theatre.


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  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Somewhat, Drac is still evil but his relationship with his brides is less antagonistic. When he finds them seducing Johnathan, he does use a monstrous tone for a second but it's more like a stern warning as if talking to children. Likewise when they claim "he never loves", it's more a playful interaction between the four and he likewise embraces them when he tells them of his plans to head to London.
  • Affably Evil: 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 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.
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  • Composite Character: Quincey P. Morris and Arthur Holmwood are combined into Quincey P. Holmwood.
  • Face Framed in Shadow:
    • 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.
  • Missing Reflection: 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 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.
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  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: 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 favourably to Christ with the people he turns to vampires being his own "disciples". From his point of view, 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 might be closer to denial.
  • Reality Ensues: 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.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Vampires in this movie sport them. The female vampires in particular go red colored when vamping out.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Rather then childhood friends in the novel, Mina and Lucy are sisters in this story.
  • Rise from Your Grave: 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.
  • Sleeps with Both Eyes Open: 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.
  • Transhuman Treachery: 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.
  • Truer to the Text: Despite not using all the characters, this verison is considered to be one of the more faithful adaptations of the story.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods:
    • Jonathan gets seduced by the brides while he stays up writing a letter.
    • Dracula's second bite on Lucy has this overtone.
  • Vampire Refugee: 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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Count Dracula (BBC '77) [Vampire Red Eyes]

Edited clips from the 1977 BBC version of Count Dracula. Vampirisim may keep you young and give you powers, but gives you a severe case of the red eyes.

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