The Surgeons team take a look at another classic movie from horror auteur John Carpenter.
As they discuss and dissect Prince of Darkness they set out to see if the film still stands the test of time.
Listen to the episode below.
IT WOULD BE forty-eight years before Universal would look to reboot the Dracula franchise for the silver screen.
A lot had changed in the world since then and because of that we’re presented with a much more sexually charged Dracula.
A far cry from Bela Lugosi’s representation.
I’d never seen this version before writing this review and upon watching this version, I saw so many images that were reflected twenty years on with Bram Stoker’s Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola, including Gary Oldman’s hair.
But this was 1979 and Coppola’s version was not yet on his radar.
He was knee deep in Apocalypse Now terrain at the time.
In this instance, directorial duties fell to British-American John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, Blue Thunder, WarGames, Short Circuit).
His leading man would be Frank Langella, (Skeletor folks!!) who seems to carry such sinister presence on screen, whether he is portraying Nixon, Boris Balkan, or in this case, Dracula himself.
There’s actually a lot like in this version of the Dracula story.
With the Tagline “A Love Story”, the focus on romance suited Langella’s dashing stature alongside Kate Nelligan as Lucy, (not Mina in a decision where these roles would be switched from the novel).
The film would dive straight into the action too, jumping straight on board the ship Demeter, as it crashes of the coast of Whitby.
There is a lot of focus on Dracula’s transformative states, be it wolf or bat, to great effect for its time.
There are great support roles too with Trevor Eve’s stoic Jonathan Harker, Lawrence Olivier’s restrained performance of Van Helsing, and the always brilliant, Donald Pleasence as Dr Seward.
Yes it does take liberties with some of the choices narratively speaking but it’s an enjoyable movie all the same that comes highly recommended from the Surgeons team.
Just three years after the original hit our screens, Michael Myers would return to Haddonfield, transporting him from Horror icon to legendary status.
Along with it, the Halloween franchise was born.
John Carpenter would vacate the director’s chair for Rick Rosenthal, but would still play an active role in the screenwriting and production of the movie, alongside Debra Hill.
Also returning to the franchise would be Donald Pleasance as Dr Sam Loomis and Jamie Lee Curtis as the ever-troubled Laurie Strode.
Interestingly set over the course of the same Hallows Eve of the previous movie as Myers continues on his killing spree.
But does Halloween II fall under the curse of movie sequels, doomed to live in the shadows of its successful predecessor?
Or does it stand out in its own right, a successful addition to the Halloween series?
The team at Surgeons of Horror dissects the movie in question to try and answer these questions and more.
Listen below to our thoughts and opinions in the first of our Halloween franchise discussions.