Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Crash-zoom on Stoker: EL CONDE DRACULA
EL CONDE DRACULA does not exactly grab the viewer's attention right from the get-go.
International stars Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom and Klaus Kinski are acting alongside Franco regulars of the period - Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor and the excellent Paul Muller. Director himself has a tiny part as a creepy manservant. Apart from great cast and some odd stylistic choices there's nothing much to say about EL CONDE DRACULA. The best actors flit in and out, with most running time going to the bland "pretty boy" Fred Williams. The viewer is left to his own devices amidst a slurry of confusing scenes. Despite some undeniably effective visual touches, EL CONDE DRACULA is more of a missed opportunity than a forgotten gem.