Most of these movies were based on Bram Stoker's original character - the one,
the only, never bettered, Prince of Darkness, aka Dracula, aka Nosferatu.
important to be fair to these movies; they didn't have access to the special effects
we know and love, nor even colour. But what they did have - and plenty of it -
was a strong story, something many of today's vampire movies think they can manage
They also did not have the money tyhat modern movie makers can
rely on - knowing the power of television and DVD to bring income for many years
after cinema release. The 'Spanish' Dracula was made at night, in order to use
the same sets as the English language version!
So cut them a little slack,
and compare them with their modern equivalents.
When they remade Nosferatu
in 1979 as Nosferatu the Vampyr,
I wondered why they bothered - but check them both out; they are both fine movies
in their own way.
These movies vary from the very best, to those that would
make a 'b' movie cringe ... but most have something to add to the vampyreverse.
the full text here - in the original order, or in chronological