In Search of Dracula


Documentary / Horror

IMDb Rating 6.3 10 229

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February 10, 2021 at 09:03 AM



Christopher Lee as Self / Vlad Tepes / Count Dracula
755.13 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 22 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Witchfinder-General-666 7 / 10

Interesting and Atmospheric Documentary About Dracula's Origins

"Vem Var Dracula?" aka. "In Search of Dracula" (1975) is a highly interesting and atmospheric documentary that all true Horror lovers should enjoy. The film's main topic is, of course, the most famous of vampires, Dracula, as well as the real-life person he was based on, the Vlad III. Drăculea aka. Vlad Ţepeş (Vlad the Impaler), the infamous Wallachian Prince who owes his nickname to his favorite execution method of impalement. The narrator is none other than Horror icon Christopher Lee, who famously played the Prince of Darkness in the British Hammer Studios' great Dracula series as well as in several other Dracula films, and who reprises his most popular role here and also appears as the real-life inspiration. It is, of course, obvious that Christopher Lee, one of the greatest and most charismatic actors of all-time, is the best possible narrator for a Dracula-documentary.

"In Search of Dracula" is a Swedish/French/American co-production which offers an insight into the history of Transsylvania and the life of Vlad the Impaler in particular, and entertainingly documents the origins of Bram Stoker's great book. The film also gives some information about other greats of Horror, such as Mary Shelley's Dracula, as well as about Bram Stoker's life and the different film adaptations of his most famous work. Mainly, however, the film handles the gruesome true-story of Vlad the Impaler. "In Search of Dracula" is beautifully filmed in Romania as well as in other authentic European settings, and gives some interesting insights into Transsylvanian customs. The film has the eerie atmosphere one can expect in a good documentary about a Horror-related topic. Since I had previously read a lot on the topic, I didn't gain a lot of new information by watching this film, and yet I highly enjoyed it. Overall, this may not be entirely flawless, but it is a very good and atmospheric documentary that all fans of Horror and History should enjoy. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Rainey-Dawn 9 / 10

Wonderful Documentary

Tor Isedal & Christopher Lee will take the viewer on a journey "In Search of Dracula". It starts off with some of the earliest known legends and tales of vampires then we travel through time to the story of the real Dracula Vlad Tepes, onward to Bram Stoker and then vampires on film. The documentary is a wonderful look into legends and folklore, real vampires and a brief look at vampires on screen.

You will see some fascinating footage as well as beautiful works of arts surrounding vampires. Wonderful to see Sir Christopher Lee as Dracula and Vlad Tepes in this documentary.

There is a bit of padding toward the end of the film with Mary Shelby's Frankenstein and a look at Bela Lugosi in one of his silent films The Midnight Girl (1925). But this did not mess up the documentary it simply added some extra interest.

This a good film if you would like to explore further into vampires and Count Dracula.


Reviewed by InjunNose 8 / 10

Eerie, mostly well-constructed documentary about the history of the vampire legend

Sure, the theatrical version runs a little long--having been padded with mostly unrelated material concerning "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley and dull, meandering footage from two Bela Lugosi films (one of them silent)--but until its final fifteen or twenty minutes, "In Search of Dracula" does not disappoint. Featuring narration by Christopher Lee and a creepy, atmospheric soundtrack (some of this music was later used in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"), the film covers a great deal of interesting territory. Apart from examining the mythology of the vampire in eastern Europe, "In Search" chronicles the life of Vlad Tepes (the fifteenth-century Romanian nobleman whose cruelty partly inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula"), as well as the depiction of the vampire in literature and film. Christopher Lee appears as Vlad and as Stoker's fictional Count Dracula. Particularly unsettling is the segment which examines modern-day figures who have exhibited vampiric traits (like serial murderer Peter Kürten, the so-called 'Vampire of Dusseldorf'). In the early sixties a Jungian analyst published a study of one of his patients, a highly disturbed young man he called 'Bill'. Bill, who grew up in an orphanage, had dreams about drinking blood from the necks of children and occasionally cut his arms to drink his own blood, but was apparently unaware of the vampire myth. His analyst speculated, therefore, that vampirism might be one of the archetypes Carl Jung spoke of...and that the concept of the vampire might somehow have risen from Bill's unconscious to take possession of him. Overall, an engrossing and worthwhile film. I found it much more interesting than simply watching Lugosi or Lee or Gary Oldman slinking around in funny costumes and biting hysterical Victorian women for an hour and a half.

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