Dracula in Istanbul – Turkey, 1953 – reviews

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Drakula-Istanbulda

Drakula İstanbul’da (Dracula in Istanbul) is a 1953 Turkish feature film version of Bram Stoker’s original novel Dracula.

The screenplay was based on a 1928 novel by Ali Riza Seyfi called Kazıklı Voyvoda (“Impaler Voivode”), and is more or less a translation of Stoker’s novel, but there is no Renfield character and Güzin, the “Mina” character, is a showgirl given to performing in revealing outfits. Drakula/Dracula is played by balding Atif Kaptan. Both the novel and the film make an explicit connection with the historical Vlad the Impaler, the Prince and three-time Voivode of Wallachia.

The film was directed by Mehmet Muhtar and stars Annie Ball (as Güzin), Cahit Irgat, Ayfer Feray, Bülent Oran, Atif Kaptan.

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“Visually the film is a mixed bag. Clearly it was made on a low budget. But it has atmosphere […] Staking scenes take place with most of the gory action off camera. Dracula’s castle, really an unconvincing drawing, is wrong for eastern European castles.” Leepers

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“The vampire girl is seductively stacked like a Stepford Wife and – in subtitles – the Count makes no secret of his homosexual longings for this strong young man! And we have to remember that this is still only 1953!” The Spooky Isles

Drakula-Istanbulda

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