Count Dracula arrives in England from Transylvania. He visits Dr. Jack Seward and meets two young girls there, Mina and Lucy. Dracula visits Mina at night to drink her blood. Lucy finds Mina the next morning about to die and sees the wounds on her neck. Mina's father Abraham Van Helsing thinks that a vampire has killed his daughter. Lucy is called to Dracula's new home. She says she is in love with him and marries him, becoming infected by Dracula's bite. She gets a blood transfusion but still starts turning into a vampire. The doctors see that the only way to save Lucy is to kill Dracula. They go to his home to kill him, but Dracula escapes and plans to return to Transylvania with Lucy. The doctors get on the same boat as Dracula and Lucy; they fight and Van Helsing is fatally wounded. Using his last bit of strength, he hooks Dracula and sends him outside where he dies due to sun exposure. Or does he?Read more
The idea for the film was hatched when the producers saw Frank Langella perform in the stage production and saw how Langella played the character with charm and sex appeal. This Broadway production played from 1977 through 1980, running 925 performances. The scenic design was done by cartoonist Edward Gorey, who is well-known for his children's book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, an alphabet book describing how 26 children died.
Dracula is a horror film based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker as well as based on the 1924 stage play of the same name. It was released in the United States on July 13, 1979. The film tells the story of Count Dracula, a Transylvanian royalty member who is a vampire. The film stars Frank Langella as Count Dracula, Sir Laurence Olivier as Abraham Van Helsing, Kate Nelligan as Lucy Seward, and Donald Pleasence as Dr. Jack Seward. The film was directed by John Badham, written by W.D. Richter, and produced by Marvin Mirisch and Walter Mirisch.