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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Director: George Melford.
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K

Dracula 3D sucks...(blood)

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Why bother... Why bother adding another filmed episode to Dracula's cult filmed myth... Why bother making a film which is not a decent attempt to matching the recent standards of th eblood sucking stories brought to screen. Prince of B Movie Dario Argento did not bring any single creative addition to the ymyth. (oh yes, except maybe for one animal transformation not even worth mentionning) I worked with Copola's Dracula which was very faithful to Bram Stoker's book, ...

DRACULA at Fantasporto 2012

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    At the 2012 Fantasporto (20 February - 04 March) in Porto, Portugal, the festival paid tribute to some of the best blood sucking films in the vampire canon: "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), which screned at the Rivoli Theater follwing a screening of another vampire classic, F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922).                        ...

Fantasporto 2012 honors Bram Stoker the creator of the gothic novel "Dracula" who died 100 years ago

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  100 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF BRAM STOKER   Bram Stoker died 100 years ago and Fantasporto 2012 honors the creator of the gothic novel "Dracula". There were very few stories left behind by a writer that was adapted to cinema so often. Bu one of his texts became world famous. A novel and from this novel emerged one of the most distinguishable characters of all: Count Dracula. Despite not being the first vampire story ever written, it was surely the one that gave...

Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2012

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Your chance to enter the Centenary year of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. Internationally recognised as one of the best genre festivals in the World ! The BSIFF was established in order to provide more opportunities and exposure for filmakers, screenwriters and game developers working within the Horror, Sci- Fi, Thriller and suspense genres. Dare you visit the spiritual home of DRACULA? http://www.bramstokerfilmfestival.com/  ...

Gary Lucas --Music for Spanish "Dracula"

An excerpt from my live original solo guitar score accompanying the legendary 1931 Spanish "Dracula" (d. George Melford) at the World Premiere at the La Rampa Cinema in Havana at the 31st Havana Fil, Festival 12/9/2009 6:24 minutes (8 MB)

Gary Lucas and his “Spanish Dracula” in Krakow

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“Spanish Dracula” by Gary Lucas is a project comprising solo guitar compositions as accompaniment to the famous Spanish film “Dracula” made in 1931. The project's premiere took place during the 31st Havana Film Festival, where it was named a spectacular hit. It was also presented during the London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elisabeth Hall and turned into a success, crowned with a 4-star review in “The Guardian”. The performance was also appreciated in other places in t...

Christopher Lee To Be Honored At Festroia

 Thursday, June 7-----Even though he has acted in almost 300 films, ranging from comedies to westerns to dramas to sci-fi epics, it is hard to think of Christopher Lee and not instantly conjure up the image of Count Dracula stalking another victim for fresh blood.  In Setubal, Portugal on Saturday evening, Lee will receive the Lifetime Achievement Dolphin Award at Festroia for over 60 years as an iconic actor of the screen, joining such previous luminary winners as Kirk Douglas, Robert Mit...

Christopher Lee To Receive Lifetime Achievement Dolphin Award

 Wednesday, June 6-----Even though he has acted in almost 300 films, ranging from comedies to westerns to sci-fi epics, it is hard to think of Christopher Lee and not instantly conjure up the image of Count Dracula stalking another victim for fresh blood. Lee, now aged 85 and a refined gentleman of the old school, appeared at a Press Conference today at Festroia, slighly scolding the press for typecasting him in the horror genre, which admittedly made his career some 50 years ago. "I tel...

Interview with "Van Helsing" actress Silvia Colloca

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John More speaks to the Actress Silvia Colloca “Van Helsing” a US May 7 release written and directed by Stephen Sommers, (“The Mummy” and “The Return of the Mummy”) starring Hugh Jackman (Van Helsing, Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), Richard Roxburgh (Dracula) and his 3 wives: Silvia Colloca... “ABOUT THE FILM VAN HELSING” John More: Hi Silvia, you have an important role in the Hollywood film “Van Helsing”, can you tell us about the synopsis? Silvia Colloca: Set...

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