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Dracula (Ken Russell)[]

"Dracula" was a planned gothic-style horror movie based off the 1897 Bram Stoker novel of the same name, which would've been directed by British film director Ken Russell, a filmmaker best known for making movies that were more often than not flamboyant and controversial.


A mostly accurate, though erotic adaptation of the original Stoker novel, albeit moved to the 1920s as opposed to the 1890s. Another notable difference worth noting include the character of Lucy being a world-famous opera diva who is slowly dying of leukemia, changing the motivation for her vampire transformation by Dracula, apparently double-posing as an artist. Dracula's voyage to England aboard the Demeter is intercut with Renfield anxiously awaiting his Master's arrival whilst in his padded cell. More details, as well as a full summary, coming soon.


Peter O'Toole or Mick Fleetwood...Count Dracula

Peter Ustinov...Professor Abraham Van Helsing

Sarah Miles...Mina Murray

Michael York...Jonathan Harker

Mia Farrow...Lucy Westenra

Oliver Reed...R.M. Renfield

James Coburn...Quincey Morris

Why It Was Cancelled[]

Columbia Pictures most likely didn't want to compete with Universal Pictures, who announced their own version of Dracula, featuring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier.


The aforementioned Universal remake of Dracula was released in 1979, to mostly positive reviews and a moderate box-office. This adaptation was also erotic.

Francis Ford Coppola's later 1992 version featuring Gary Oldman does have parallels and similarities to Russell's version. Whether this was intentional or not is up for debate.

In 1988, Russell would go on to direct a (rather loose) adaptation of another Bram Stoker story, with The Lair of the White Worm, featuring Amanda Donahoe, Catherine Oxberg, Hugh Grant, and Peter Capaldi.