The last time I tried to watch this I think I was very unfair. You see I am a bit of a Dracula Nerd having adored Stokers work for many years. The subtle layering and fantastic characters along with the diary format used by Stoker truly do make the book one of the greatest works of Horror ever written. Horror of Dracula take massive liberties with the text.
Well without intimate knowledge of the source Dracula works. The relocation to a “continental” location is inspired an wipes out and location based errors that could occur. language is no longer an issue and Dracula isnt trapped in a strange country leading up to a climax that works in a way the original book did not.
Gripes? Plenty. The blood (as in all hammers) is very red indeed, the story moves so quickly that Dracula almost seems rather dumb and the threat of Sunlight is poorly explored as the film suffers from a degree of Buffy syndrome (isn't he standing in sunlight right now?)
With all that in mind how does it manage to remain such a stunning film? Well Cushing, Lee and Gough are quite a pivot in this but acting aside it just seems so damn stylish.
Well worth a watch and very enjoyable if you can ignore the changes to the base text.