Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA/United Kingdom, 1979. The Mirisch Corporation. Screenplay by W.D. Richter, based on the play by Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston, from the novel by Bram Stoker. Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Produced by Walter Mirisch. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Peter Murton. Costume Design by Julie Harris. Film Editing by John Bloom.
Palatable version of Bram Stoker’s novel is one of the most romantic interpretations of the tale yet, so those who didn’t think Coppola’s version was scary enough should probably skip this one too. Frank Langella plays the title character, a bloodsucking Romeo who sets his sights on the lovely neck of Kate Nelligan. When the men closest to her discover that they are dealing with a vampire, they immediately set out to destroy his evil and save her innocent soul. Lovely cinematography and fun visual effects (look, he’s a bat again!) contribute to a deliciously moody atmosphere, but in the end the story is a tragedy of love. However you feel about that should probably guide your desire to see it or not.