Ken Russell s Dracula

Written between Tommy and Altered States, Ken Russell’s screenplay for Dracula was one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.

Author: Ken Russell


ISBN: 0957246218

Category: Dracula, Count (Fictitious character)

Page: 166

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Written between Tommy and Altered States, Ken Russell’s screenplay for Dracula was one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. It has been used to inspire two hit films and an internationally successful ballet. Now, available to the public for the very first time, Ken Russell’s re-imagining of Dracula is ready to inspire a whole new generation of artists.

Phallic Frenzy

“Wild and Woolly Ken Russell Finds the Golden Fleece Directing 'Altered States'.” People, March 30, 1981. McCarty, John. “Ken Russell's Dracula: Will He Ever See the Light of Day?” Phantasma, Spring 1988. Petty, Moira. “Ken Russell.

Author: Joseph Lanza

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781569764824

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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Ken Russell has made some of the most daring, disturbing, and beautifully photographed films of all time. Drawing from a wealth of historic and literary references, Russell's subjects are astounding: deranged Ursuline nuns in a 17th-century French province, the inner demons of Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, the sexual angst of Tchaikovsky, the emotionally drained life of Rudolph Valentino, the messianism of a pinball wizard, the fury of lesbian vampires, the introspections of prostitutes. Russell's movies offer not just brazen sensationalism but food for thought; they horrify yet inspire. And through it all, Russell maintains a simultaneously impish and intellectual sense of humor. The first full biography of the director, Phallic Frenzy is far from a dry, film-by-film analysis. It shows how Russell's real life has often been as engaging and vibrant as his film scenarios. Here you'll learn how Alan Bates and Oliver Reed compared their penis sizes for the nude wrestling scene in Women in Love; how Russell disfigured Paddy Chayevsky's script for Altered States by having the actors holler out the lines as fast as possible, accompanied by spewed food and streams of spittle; and how Russell was slated to direct Evita, starring Liza Minnelli, and the &“creative differences&” that ensued. A madcap tale full of wild ideas, surreal situations, and a cavalcade of colorful personalities, Phallic Frenzy is as thrilling a ride as any Ken Russell film.

Neo Victorian Humour

Russell, Ken. (dir.). 2008. A British Picture: An Autobiography [1989]. London:Southbank. Russell, Ken. (dir.). 2012. Ken Russell's Dracula (intro. by Paul Sutton). Cambridge: Bear Claw. Sadoff, Dianne F. 2010.


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004336612

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

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Highlighting neo-Victorian humour’s crucial role in shaping contemporary re-visions of nineteenth-century culture, this volume explores the major aesthetic, ideological and ethical issues raised by refracting the past through a comic lens, especially through self-conscious irony, parody, and black humour.

Little Shoppe of Horrors 36

Ken Russell's Dracula (Paul Sutton, ed.); “Can Frank Langella Re-Vamp 'Dracula'” (NY Times, Peter Travers); “Tasting the Blood of Box Office” (Screen International, Colin Vanes); The Living Dead (James B. Twitchell); Edward Gorey on ...

Author: Little Shoppe of Horrors

Publisher: Little Shoppe of Horrors & BearManor Media


Category: Performing Arts


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Little Shoppe of Horrors #36 I AM THE KING OF MY KIND” The Making of Universal’s 1979 Dracula. In 1979, Universal Studios and producer Walter Mirisch, going from the massive success of the revival of Dracula on Broadway, with Frank Langella as the Count, committed themselves to a big budget, opulent, version of both the play and the novel. From that came a beautiful, wonderfully presented and acted Gothic horror-romance. In LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #36, we present an in-depth study of how the play came about that lead to the film. And a complete production history of the filming. Spearheading this is filmmaker and historian Constantine Nasr, who has gone way above and beyond to assemble a fascinating history of play and movie. He has interviewed: ** The Play ** - John Wulp (Producer) - Alan Coates (Jonathan Harker) ** The Film ** - Walter Mirisch (Producer) - John Badham (Director, who has also opened up his personal scrapbooks to us) - W.D. (Rick) Richter (Screenwriter, who let us borrow his hand written scripts and script notes/production meeting with Mirisch and Badham). - Frank Langella (Dracula) - John Bloom (Film Editor) - Ian Lewis (Head of Universal/UK) - Hugh Harlow (Production Manager) - Peter Robb-King (Head Makeup) - Simon Murton (Son of production designer, Peter Murton) - Peter Young (set dresser) - Gil Taylor (Director of Photography-rare archive interview) - Bill Taylor (Assistant to Matte Designer, Albert Whitlock) PLUS – Stand alone interviews with “Trevor Eve” (Jonathan Harker) “Jan Francis” (Mina) “John Williams” (Music Composer) “Contributions from:” Laurent Bouzereau, Bruce G. Hallenbeck, Sam Irvin, Dennis Lynch, Michael Augustine Reed, Gary D. Rhodes, Kevin Shinnick and Markus Wallasvaara.

Vampire Films of the 1970s

Farmer, Suzan 10 Fascination 101, 210 Favorite, Robert 161 The Fearless Vampire Killers 29, 106, 109, 123, 139, ... 15 Kali: Devil Bride of Dracula 25 Karloff, Boris 35, 103, 109 Keir, Udo 164, 165 Ken Russell's Dracula 171 Killjan, ...

Author: Gary A. Smith

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786497799

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 278


The 1970s were turbulent times and the films made then reflected the fact. Vampire movies--always a cinema staple--were no exception. Spurred by the surprise worldwide success of Hammer Film's Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1969), vampire movies filled theaters for the next ten years--from the truly awful to bonafide classics. Audiences took the good with the bad and came back for more. Providing a critical review of the genre's overlooked Golden Age, this book explores a mixed bag from around the world, including The Vampire Lovers (1970), Dracula Versus Frankenstein (1971), Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973), 'Salem's Lot (1975), Dracula Sucks (1978) and Love at First Bite (1979).


Ken Russell's 1986 film Gothic actually has Polidori saying this as if he really intended to involve Juliet's tomb in his story, making him sound unnecessarily strange. In fact, Mary was using a piece of writer's slang simply meaning ...

Author: Bram Stoker

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 9781446359273

Category: Fiction

Page: 594

View: 138


An eBook edition of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula with a new extended introduction on vampire myths and legends by leading vampire expert Dr Tina Rath. The introduction explores the development of Vampire myths and legends from early sixteenth-century stories to the current teenage vampire obsession evinced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Twilight series of books and films. From Arnold Paul, an allegedly real vampire of the sixteenth-century, to Lord Byron's physician Dr John Polidori who created the vampire Lord Ruthven, to Camilla, Brunhilda and Varney, who all made their contributions to our picture of the vampire, the picture was completed by Dracula when it was published in 1897. Tina Rath explores our impressions of vampires throughout the ages in books, on stage and on screen, as well discussing the origins of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Dracula is probably the best-known, least-read horror novel in the English (or possibly any other) language. Say ‘Dracula’ and we all know what we mean: the handsome Master Vampire with sleek dark hair forming a widow’s peak on his forehead, a black cloak, possibly lined with red silk, over faultless evening dress, fangs and photophobia. What we will almost certainly not visualise is Stoker's vision of Dracula. Tina explains why.

Dracula in Visual Media

Later, when Dracula plays a recording of Shubert's 8th—the famously unfin- ished — Symphony, Jonathan quips, ... Russell, Ken. Dracula (second draft screenplay; August 18, 1978). Author's collection. Sherriff, R.C. No Leading Lady ...

Author: John Edgar Browning

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786462018

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 636


This is a comprehensive sourcebook on the world’s most famous vampire, with more than 700 citations of domestic and international Dracula films, television programs, documentaries, adult features, animated works, and video games, as well as nearly a thousand comic books and stage adaptations. While they vary in length, significance, quality, genre, moral character, country, and format, each of the cited works adopts some form of Bram Stoker’s original creation, and Dracula himself, or a recognizable vampiric semblance of Dracula, appears in each. The book includes contributions from Dacre Stoker, David J. Skal, Laura Helen Marks, Dodd Alley, Mitch Frye, Ian Holt, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, and J. Gordon Melton.

Creatures of the Night

... The House on Haunted Hill (1959) 12 Poster for The Legend of Hell House (1973) 13 Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining (1980) 14 Natasha Richardson and Gabriel Byrne in Ken Russell's Gothic (1986) 15 Vlad Tepes, Dracula, ...

Author: Gregory L. Reece

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857730428

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 317


Vampires and werewolves; phantoms and phantasms: looming out of the fog leaps the menacing spectre of the lycanthrope, ghoul or blood-crazed zombie. Intrigued by some of the most sinister, yet at the same time most compelling, legends of western civilization, Gregory L Reece dusts down his stake and crucifix, loads his silver bullets and takes off into the wilds in search of answers and fresh adventures. Rummaging around in crumbling tombs and cobwebbed sarcophagi, his latest quest leads him into the haunted realm of the dead and the undead: of those carnivorous, nocturnal hunters that might perhaps better be left undisturbed. Why, he asks, is our culture obsessed by the eerie and the macabre? Why, despite its horrors, does the 'dark side' of the supernatural - its seances and ghost-hunting, demonic possession and the occult - call to us with such dangerous allure? Whether tracking night-stalking werewolves, chanting black magic mantras with Satanists, or interviewing a funereal modern-day Count Dracula, Reece is determined to uncover the truth. A wry exploration of a secret and secretive subculture, "Creatures of the Night" is at the same time a bold and startling journey into a wraithlike world that has so often seemed to lie beyond the limits of rational comprehension - until now.

New Vampire Cinema

The word 'symphonic' is used by Julian Sands to describe Ken Russell's Gothic: see Joseph Lanza, Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films (Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 2007), p. 268. 23. Lisa Hopkins, Screening the Gothic ...

Author: Ken Gelder

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781349925728

Category: Art

Page: 168

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New Vampire Cinema lifts the coffin lid on forty contemporary vampire films, from 1992 to the present day, charting the evolution of a genre that is, rather like its subject, at once exhausted and vibrant, inauthentic and 'original', insubstantial and self-sustaining. Ken Gelder's fascinating study begins by looking at Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula and Fran Rubel Kuzui's Buffy the Vampire Slayer – films that seemed for a moment to take vampire cinema in completely opposite directions. New Vampire Cinema then examines what happened afterwards, across a remarkable range of reiterations of the vampire that take it far beyond its original Transylvanian setting: the suburbs of Sweden (Let the Right One In), the forests of North America (the Twilight films), New York City (Nadja, The Addiction), Mexico (Cronos, From Dusk Till Dawn), Japan (Blood: The Last Vampire,

Bram Stoker

To log on to that part of the World Wide Web containing `Dracula's Castle' or the Dracula Society is to realise quickly that ... Ken Russell's camp The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Francis Ford Coppola's lavish Bram Stoker's `Dracula' ...

Author: Andrew Maunder

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781786942999

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 177

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Most famous for his much-filmed novel Dracula, Bram Stoker was nonetheless a prolific writer. This accessible book offers an introduction to a range of his work - novels, short stories, biography, and criticism. It provides a discussion of recent scholarship on Stoker including the many attempts to write his life and find the 'real' Bram Stoker, and the lurid speculation this provokes. Moving beyond this, the author focuses on Stoker's career as a late-Victorian and Edwardian novelist in the commercial marketplace, looking at the fictional trends - horror, romance, adventure, crime - which his work encompasses. The study discusses Stoker's bid for fame as a writer, how his novels were received, and their engagement with contemporary anxieties about gender and nationhood.

The Vampire Film

course , entirely omitted is Edvard Munch , whose better - known ( one would have thought ) “ Vampire ” is a painting of ... Speaking of Altered States , again we catch a fleeting glimpse of that lost film , Ken Russell's Bram Stoker's ...

Author: Alain Silver

Publisher: Amadeus Press

ISBN: 0879102667

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 342

View: 289



Divine Horror

2. although scorned by most critics, coppola's imagining of Dracula's origins is positively assessed in cordula Lemke, ... Examples of the former include Joseph Lanza, Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films (chicago: chicago review ...

Author: Cynthia J. Miller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476669922

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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From Rosemary's Baby (1968) to The Witch (2015), horror films use religious entities to both inspire and combat fear and to call into question or affirm the moral order. Churches provide sanctuary, clergy cast out evil, religious icons become weapons, holy ground becomes battleground--but all of these may be turned from their original purpose. This collection of new essays explores fifty years of genre horror in which manifestations of the sacred or profane play a material role. The contributors explore portrayals of the war between good and evil and their archetypes in such classics as The Omen (1976), The Exorcist (1973) and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), as well as in popular franchises like Hellraiser and Hellboy and cult films such as God Told Me To (1976), Thirst (2009) and Frailty (2001).

Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema

... films Lust for a Vampire and Twins of Evil. From other companies come the tongue-in-cheek The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Psychomania, along with the disturbing rural horror Blood on Satan's Claw (Satan's Skin) and Ken Russell's ...

Author: Peter Hutchings

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538102442

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 446

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The Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema traces the development of the genre from its beginnings to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries.

Pauline Images in Fiction and Film

Bram Stoker and the Writing of Dracula The year 1997 marked the centenary of the publication of Dracula . ... Lair of the White Worm ( 1911 ) , largely through British director Ken Russell's film from 1989 which is based on the story .

Author: Larry Joseph Kreitzer

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1850759332

Category: Religion

Page: 241

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This is Dr. Kreitzer's third study in the Biblical Seminar Series in which the connections between biblical texts, classic works of literature, and cinematic interpretations of those works of literature are explored. The aim is to illuminate both the New Testament texts and facets of contemporary culture through a cross-disciplinary approach. The studies discuss a wide variety of theological themes, including shipwreck and salvation, eschatology, eucharistic imagery, and liberation and slavery.

Dracula s Guest and Other Weird Tales

From themany and various versions of Dracula that have beenmade subsequent to F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922)13to ... respectively, adapted into Dracula's Daughter (1936, directedbyLambert Hillyer) and KenRussell's tourde forceof ...

Author: Bram Stoker

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141904924

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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Although Bram Stoker is best known for his world-famous novel Dracula, he also wrote many shorter works on the strange and the macabre. This collection, comprising Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories, a volume of spine-chilling short stories collected and published by Stoker's widow after his death, and The Lair of the White Worm, an intensely intriguing novel of myths, legends and unspeakable evil, demonstrate the full range of his horror writing. From the petrifying open tomb in 'Dracula's Guest' to the mental breakdown depicted in 'The Judge's House' and 'Crooken Sands', these terrifying tales of the uncanny explore the boundaries between life and death, known and unknown, animal and human, dream and reality.

A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series

In the process, they at least flirted with Stoker's incipient homosexual panic (a key aspect of Stoker's writing and character not really explored until Ken Russell's The Lair of the White Worm in 1988). Their vampire ladies were not to ...

Author: Ken Hanke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317928829

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

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In this book the author takes a fresh look at horror film series as series and presents an understanding of how the genre thrived in this format for a large portion of its history. It sheds light on older films such as the Universal and the Hammer series films on Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy as well as putting more recent series into perspective, such as The Nightmare on Elm Street films. A well rounded review of these films and investigation into their success as a format, this useful volume, originally published in 1991, offers an attempt to understand the marriage of horror and the series film, with its pluses as well as minuses.

Hugh Grant The Unauthorised Biography

... not (and critics tend to be united on this) belong in the absolute first rank of Ken Russell's many notable oeuvres. ... The movie was an adaptation of the hitherto little-known last novel written by Bram (author of Dracula) Stoker ...

Author: Jody Tressider

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448132324

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Hugh Grant is the quintessential English movie star. He is also a man of opposites; his easy charm belies a malicious wit and as heart throb star of Four Weddings and a Funeral he shocked the world when police found him enjoying the services of a Sunset Boulevard prostitute. Jody Tresidder, who has written this first, hugely revealing biography of Britain's most famous film star, was a teenage love of Hugh Grant's. She has uncovered all facets of the man - his boyish appeal, his glamorous relationship with Liz Hurley and the darker side that he can longer conceal.

Vampire Films

Similarly bizarre but wholly more enjoyable in a camp exploitation way is Ken Russell's deliriously tasteless The Lair of the White Worm (1988). The D'Ampton worm, steeped in myth, is ready to feed on virginal blood once more.

Author: Michelle Le Blanc

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 9781848396524

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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Vampire movies are almost as old as film itself. Constantly remade and reinvented for each new generation, the films, like the vampires themselves, adopt many shapes - from the faithful adaptation of Francis Coppola's Dracula (1992) to the art movie approach of Werner Herzog's Nosferatu remake (1979] via the high-school horror of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). This handy book traces the vampire film from its beginnings to the present day, acknowledging on its way all the classics of vampire cinema from the original Nosferatu (1921) right up to 30 Days of Night (2007) and beyond. From saucy French vampires to hopping Chinese ones, from Hammer horrors to Hollywood blockbusters, whatever your favourite bloodsucker you'll find it here.

The A to Z of Horror Cinema

Spain: Christopher Lee stars as a mustachioed Dracula in Jesus Franco's indifferent El Conde Dracula (Count Dracula). ... rural horror Blood on Satan's Claw (Satan's Skin) and Ken Russell's controversial witch hunter epic The Devils.

Author: Peter Hutchings

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810870509

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

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Horror is one of the most enduring and controversial of all cinematic genres. Horror films range from the subtle and the poetic to the graphic and the gory but what links them all is their ability to frighten, disturb, shock, provoke, delight, irritate, amuse, and bemuse audiences. Horror's capacity to serve as an outlet to capture the changing patterns of our fears and anxieties has ensured not only its notoriety but also its long-term survival and its international popularity. Above all, however, it is the audience's continual desire to experience new frights and evermore-horrifying sights that continue to make films like The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, Ringu, and The Shining captivate viewers. The A to Z of Horror Cinema traces the development of horror cinema from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries. Entries cover all the major movie villains, including Frankenstein and his monster, the vampire, the werewolf, the mummy, the zombie, the ghost, and the serial killer; the film directors, producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, make-up artists, special effects technicians, and composers who have helped to shape horror history; significant production companies and the major films that have come to stand as milestones in the development of the horror genre; and the different national traditions in horror cinema as well as horror's most popular themes, formats, conventions, and cycles.

Muslims in the Western Imagination

As dramatized in Ken Russell's 1986 film Gothic, Shelley and a group of her friends spend a strange night at Diodati on the shore ... but also Dr. Polidori's story The Vampyre, which served as an inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Author: Sophia Rose Arjana

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199324927

Category: Art

Page: 261

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Islam in the Western imagination -- The Muslim monster -- Medieval Muslim monsters -- Turkish monsters -- The monsters of Orientalism -- Muslim monsters in the Americas -- The monsters of September 11th.