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Frank Langella Best Vampire Ever

Updated on January 18, 2015

Are You A Fan Of This Actor?

I am a big Frank Langella Fan. He was my favorite Sherlock Holmes ever and I loved his role as the Vampire "Dracula." Frank Langella was amazing playing the roll of Richard Nixon in the film "Frost/Nixon", a roll that he received a Tony win for the Broadway play.

Langella is a revered U.S. stage and film actor who earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in "Frost" and lately starred in the quirky comedy drama "Robot & Frank" as a suave elderly former cat burglar opposite a robot sent by his children to look after him.

You may or may not know this actor's name, but I bet you have seen him in one of your favorite films. He has had a part in many very popular films, frequently playing leaders and authority figures, and just as often playing menacing, sinister villains. It is said that he considers the role of Skeletor, a fictional character and the primary antagonist, of "Masters of the Universe" (1987) one of his favorite parts. You can see the list of his films Here

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"He was tall, elegant, and almost painfully romantic,."as much a dashing figure of debauchery as he is a personification of pure evil."

Dracula: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dracula: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This soundtrack is perhaps one of Williams great classics, supported by an outstanding performance by the London Symphony Orchestra.

 

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - John Williams (Composer) Audio CD

I have read that John Williams' score is very interesting and one of his most unappreciated works, gothic, thrilling, and romantic at the same time. rivaling 'The Empire Strikes Back.' Reviewer Thomas C. Nagy writes "music afficianados will see the brilliance of this man, John Williams. The score is dark, romantic and shows influences of Samuel Barber, Arnold Schoenberg, Serge Prokofiev and Gustav Mahler."

Dracula as a romantic, Gothic hero. The Seduction

In this video clip experience the amazing soundtrack by John Williams. You will also glimpse this lushly produced film that is the first big-budget adaptation of Bram Stoker's immortal tale. Gilbert Taylor's diffused cinematography is hauntingly beautiful, creating a "melancholy mood and texture that is quite absorbing".

What sets this movie apart from other versions of Stoker's story, and what has made it so memorable is the way this movie treats Dracula as a romantic, Gothic hero. He is still a soulless fiend, but the character adds a strong sexual subtext to the piece.

Frank Langella, as the "mesmerizingly charismatic Count" had just taken Broadway by storm in a revival of the play based on Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel. "He was tall, elegant, and almost painfully romantic,."as much a dashing figure of debauchery as he is a personification of pure evil."

Langella was just too handsome to make for an effectively creepy Dracula, and in fairness it wasn't his brief to terrify the viewers. Though he takes Lucy and Mina, this vampire never bares his teeth, instead upping the smolder value and leaving it to his brides to do the rest.

— The Big Whatsit

Just Released on DVD

September 2, 2014

Dracula The Movie

This stylish production of the classic Gothic horror tale stars Langella repeating his award-winning stage performance

." Frank Langella gives an electrifying performance as the bloodthirsty Count Dracula in search for his ultimate bride."

A new DVD has just been released.

"This new blu-ray is fantastic in it's clarity and sound. It has now become my favorite telling of Dracula, even though it is the version that is farthest from the book." gatekeeper

I previously reecommended to see this film on VHS if possible. Unfortunately the director decided to release the previous DVD in Black and White which removes much of the "mood" of this film. Read the review on Amazon for more info about this.

A review of the DVD on Amazon by widowedwalker writes that "The original photography (now completely counteracted on the DVD) was rich and atmospheric and, as it was shot in England so artfully, it had been dreary and drab in all the right spots--- but SOME scenes, especially the low-lit interior moments [like the candlelight dinner between Langella and Kate Nelligan] had been wonderfully warm as an effective "counter"...The skins tones are gone, anything once orange is now dull white..."

Movie Poster - Collectible

This Frank Langella Signed Framed 16x20 Poster Photo from his Dracula movie will be a very nice gift for any Langella fan or horror movie buff. It will also be a welcome addition to any collector of Dracula and Langella films.

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Frank Langella Best Vampire Ever?

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Sleep My Pretty

Sleep My Pretty
Sleep My Pretty

Frank Langella as Dracula

Frank Langella as Dracula
Frank Langella as Dracula

Frank Langella As Dracula

Do you think Frank Langella is the best Dracula ever?

No question Langella is the best Dracula

No question Langella is the best Dracula

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    • anonymous 6 years ago

      OMG yes. I saw the play on Broadway and he was freakin electric. The Gorey sets were very cool, too.

    • Pat 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Without doubt!

    I don't think Langella is the best Dracula

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      • Edutopia 5 years ago

        Yes, he did a top notch job on Dracula but I got to side with gypsyman, Christopher Lee takes the crown.

      • gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

        Actually Christopher Lee was the best cinema vampire that ever graced the silver screen. He epitomized the vampire and without any special makeup (other than the teeth) he scared legions of fans. See you around the galaxy...

      Langella With Kate Nelligan

      Langella's complete domination over his prey with his self-assurance and style, paired with Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing makes the best Dracula production ever.

      'Good evening' - Dracula (1979)

      Frank Langella Count Dracula
      Frank Langella Count Dracula

      Whatsit Review

      This reviewer writes that Langella reprising his stage role for the film, is a highly sexual being. He writes that the charismatic and charming actor steals away with the fiancé of Jonathan Harker who never stands a chance. Once the Count takes an interest in her, Lucy doesn't look back.

      Read the review, click the link:

      Why Frank Langella Was the Greatest Dracula

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      Sphinx
      Sphinx

      "Nobody is quite as they seem and the game of trying to sort out true allegiances will keep you guessing to the closing minutes."

       

      Sphinx - Frank Langella & Lesley-Anne Down

      I loved this occult-tinged thriller, based on the best seller book by Robin Cook, in the theatre when it came out. I had already read the book. It came out not long after Langella's Dracula.

      The film is described with comments like "exotic-locale thrillers like Charade", "paperback-novel romance", which are both true.

      Sphinx stars the gorgeous Lesley-Anne Down, incredibly handsome Frank Langella and John Rhys-Davies and it "shines with the eye-dazzling landmarks of ancient Egypt - as well as a close up look at the lavish treasures of Tutankhamen, filmed with special permission."

      Robot and Frank
      Robot and Frank

      A futuristic film Robot & Frank, Langella plays an aging ex-burglar whose caregiver is a robot.

       

      Robot and Frank

      This film is starring Academy Award nominee Frank Lengella and Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon.

      Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, writes that Director Jake Schreier's Robot and Frank is an odd "buddy" comedy from screenwriter Christopher D. Ford "about a retired jewel thief and the relationship he forms with his robot caretaker. Sly and delightful, deliciously unexpected. Frank Langella is impeccable."

      Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
      Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

      Liz Smith writes "Dropped Names is a sizzling platter of stellar vignettes-pungent, for sure, but poignant too. . . . Mr. Langella is surgically precise, and eloquent."

       

      Dropped Names - Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

      I look forward to listening to this audio version of Langella reading his own book.

      AudreyLM writes "I downloaded Mr. Langella's memoir on Audible so had the immense pleasure of hearing him read his own words...This book is a brilliant historical document of New York theater in the 20th century, and much more."

      The Actor Comments on Acting - In his own words

      When I look back at my choices, the whole list of these men who are on their own - Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Paley, Nixon and now Thomas - I have an affinity with them. I understand what it's like to hear life on the other side of the door and not be a part of it.

      — Langella

      The Actor Interview With Charlie Rose Video

      Frost/Nixon
      Frost/Nixon

      Frank Langella's physical performance as Nixon is amazing.

       

      Frost Nixon

      A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

      Peter Morgan's Tony-winning play morphs into Ron Howard's Hollywood movie and both actors, Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, were retained from the original stage production.

      Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, the story explores the question of how Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicited the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from a disgraced president. The play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time.

      You Will Think You Are Watching Nixon

      "Langella looks nothing like Nixon - but he completely captures the essence of the man, the paranoia, the arrogance and curious outbursts of attempted humor, not to mention the hump-backed posture of a man uncomfortable with his own stature."

      Frost/Nixon - Video tape of the original interview.

      This is an edited, 88-minute condensation of the sections of the interviews that focused on the Watergate cover-up from the landmark interviews conducted in 1977 between David Frost and Richard Nixon.

      Tony Awards Winner

      This is Frank's 3rd Tony win...this time as a leading man!

      Langella on Broadway as Richard Nixon

      Frank Langella is Richard Nixon

      On Stage as Sherlock Holmes

      In 1981, Home Box Office decided to film Frank Langella performing William Gillette’s play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This was a play, [Sherlock Holmes - Main Stage July 12 - July 16, 1977] and released as a movie.

      "This version of William Gillette's 1899 play was taped before an audience at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts."

      "Mr. Langella ...is noticeably restrained as Holmes, focusing on the more disturbing brooding aspects of his character."

      Read the New York Times Review for more details.

      © 2007 Pat

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          deisai1 6 years ago

          He definitely looks as if he fits the role of a vampire.. Great lens!

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          Pat 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

          @deisai1: Thanks, Twitter!

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          Congratulations on your lens being included on the "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" monsterboard!

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          gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

          I saw this on the monsterboard (while looking up my own lens, [The Vampire Is Here With You] which I didn't know was there) and I had to take a look. I enjoyed this page as Langella was a very good vampire. See you around the galaxy...

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          Great lens, Frank has really done a lot over the years that touch on many of the corner stones of our culture.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens. I taped (VHS) the Holmes play years ago. Langella is always great in his roles.

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          Linda Hahn 4 years ago from California

          I am your #20 like, great subject, I am very fond of vampires, starting with Barnabus Collins in Dark Shadows.

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          Pat 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

          @linhah lm: Thank you, linhah!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Love this lens

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          Pat 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

          @anonymous: Thank you, Bill! Great to know.

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          TapIn2U 4 years ago

          I've always liked him. He truly is the best vampire ever. Sundae ;-)

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