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Dracula in North Cornwall


Dracula is a 1979 horror/romance film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula.
The film also starred Laurence Olivier as Prof. Abraham Van Helsing, Donald Pleasence as Dr. Jack Seward, Kate Nelligan as Lucy Seward, Trevor Eve as Jonathan Harker, Tony Haygarth as Milo Renfield, and Jan Francis as Mina Van Helsing.

The film is based on an adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula staged for Broadway which also starred Langella in a Tony Award-nominated performance. The play ran for over 900 performances between October 1977 and January 1980.
The film was made partly on location at Camelot Castle at Tintagel and on the South coast at St Austell bay.

The film is set in the Victorian period, when a schooner is wrecked off Whitby, England, the only survivor is Count Dracula, who has arrived with large amounts of Transylvania soil to take up residence in Carfax Abbey, London. He makes friends with Dr. Jack Seward, who runs the local insane asylum and with his daughter Lucy, her friend Mina Van Helsing, and with Jonathan Harker, Lucy's solicitor fiance. But almost immediately, Mina dies from loss of blood, and just possibly this may not be a coincidence. Prof. Abraham Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Harker and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.

Many of the locals at Tintagel had there heads shaved for the graveyard scenes and a real Wolf was kept in a cage in the grounds, for filming.


The film was directed by John Badham. The original music score is composed by John Williams.




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