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Count Gamula wrote:Here's a link to a short clip of a scene in my edit blending the English and Spanish language versions of DRACULA. It shows how the scene where we first see Dracula entering Mina's bedroom was supposed to begin, with the hypnotized nurse opening the terrace door and removing the wolfbane, not with the bat at the window which was taken from the earlier scene when Dracula entered Lucy's room. Not sure if this will work for everyone but thought I'd give it a shot.Dracula U.S./Spanish clip
02/25/15 4:08 PM
Based upon your observations, you just know that the
Transylvania scenes will be the highlight of the film, but after that it will
be all downhill as the talky sections from the stage version play out.
I think I'd have tried to sell the writer and director on the
Begin with the storm-tossed Vesta on its voyage. That's how the 1979 remake chose to begin, and
it serves to kick matters off with some excitement, as the forces of nature show
off a dark and dangerous side. Depict the crew going mad and Renfield
screaming, but eliminate any shots of
Dracula. This ought to be very effective, as this segment will play out without
any dialogue, much as if it were the indeed last hurrah for the era of silent
Continue after the storm. The ship is found grounded, the
captain tied and dead, and the strange litrtle man down in the hold. The
newspaper headline and bizarre teaser text. What on earth is going on?
Thus, we first meet Dracula when he preys upon the flower
girl – much as we met him in the Castle Films abridgement. A very strange and
exotic foreigner appears, and there is a murder. Then, on to Van Helsing, and
let the film play out from there.
Indeed, it's quite the mystery, with the blood-drained
victims and the goings-on around the mental hospital and the Seward residence.
At some point, once the evidence has mounted, van Helsing
confronts Renfield, and the man and goads him into letting loose his story.
“Why not tell you? ... “
Now, fade in from
Renfield's face to the carriage weaving through the Carpathian mountains, the frightened
peasants, the business at the inn, Renfield's arrival at Borgo Pass ... and so
Continue until Dracula and his servant leave for England.
Play out the shipboard scenes once more, but with the occasional cut to Dracula
now in evidence.
When Renfield is discovered in the midst of his post-storm
cackling, fade back to the present.
Now, Van Helsing may announce that “Dracula is our vampire!” It's then on
to the efforts to find Dracula before it's too late for Mina.
This alternative structure suggests the design of The Mummy, with the flashback providing
some impressive scenes and a late climax. Word of Mouth would not urge prospective
patrons to leave once the ship arrives, but rather to wait around for the
I don't think that one could create this version by editing
existing material. Much of it could work, but I can't find a convenient
breakpoint for the flashback. Certainly it would have to be before the 54-minute mark of the original wherein
Dracula rises from his coffin onscreen. Maybe about the time that Renfiled
swears that he’s never heard the name.
Perhaps the editor could have convinced them to shoot a new
scene with Van Helsing demanding that Renfield explain and succeeding, perhaps
How do you think a version so constructed would have played
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Allen Champion wrote:I guess you'd have to assume Dracula took Renfield with him.
02/28/15 7:16 AM
DonM435 wrote:Allen Champion wrote:I guess you'd have to assume Dracula took Renfield with him.In one of those portable kennels of course.
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