- X 2019
Guess What Happened to Count Dracula
Laurence Merrick, Leo Rivers for Merrick International Films
directed by Laurence Merrick, Mario d'Alcala
starring Des Roberts, Claudia Barron, John Landon, Robert Branche, Frank Donato, Sharon Beverly, Yvonne Gaudry, Damu King, Jim Settler, Angela Carnon, Gene Stowell, John King III, Denny Lester, Jeff Cady, James Young-El, Harry Hanmpton, Sharon Bernardi, Beverly Gardner, Leslie McRae, Nancy Simpson, Sandra Striner, Clancy Sylvan, Andy Wilder
written by Laurence Merrick, Dracula created by Bram Stoker
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Guy (John Landon) takes his girlfriend Angelica (Claudia Barron) to the
Castle, a combination of haunted house and restaurant, run by a
certain Adrian Alucard (Des Roberts) - Alucard being of course Dracula in
reverse. Angelica was never too big a fan of horror and thus she insists
on leaving prematurely. yet the next day she meets Adrian again and finds
him fascinating - and he has soon enough hypnotized her and sucked some of
her blood. The two of them meet again and again over the next few days.
Soon enough, it becomes apparent that something is wrong with Angelica
and that she's losing blood, but her doctor, Harris (Robert Branche),
can't find out what, and he dismisses Guy's suggestion that a vampire
might be involved ...
Eventually, Adrian invites Angelica to a ceremony to be held in the
Castle - but little does Angelica know that during that ceremony she
will be turned into a full-fledged vampire.
Around the same time, Guy persuades Doc Harris to go to the Castle
with him to investigate, but when Doc Harris realizes they are already
expected, he hightails it. Guy on the other hand comes face-to-face with
Adrian - and it turns out that it was actually Guy who sold Angelica to
Adrian in exchange for an acting career, which is now about to take off.
But now Guy wants Angelica back ... but too late, in the end, he is bitten
to death by none other than Angelica ...
This very cheap vampire movie is not entirely without interest, as much
of its mood and indeed also its story is carried by colours, achieved by
coloured lights and tinted lenses, much like the tinted black and white
films from the silent era, which of course gives the film a very unique
look - especially since I'm not talking about isolated scenes but the
entire film. That said though, the film is far from great: Apart from
fancy colour effects the direction is merely functional, the story seems
to be endlessly dragging up until the finaly, and the actors and actresses
uniformly lack charisma to carry the film.
Not withjout interest for sure, but by no means great.