Dracula's Widow (1988)

Genres - Horror, Mystery  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Simply put, Dracula's Widow is one of the more dreadful entries in the canon of vampire films. Despite a promising plot hook, Dracula's Widow never coheres due to a sloppy script that fails to weave its plot elements into a compelling storyline. The title character just kind of wanders around without a purpose, and various protagonists are juggled around without one ever becoming a real main character. It also boasts some memorably lousy performances: Lenny Von Dohlen camps it up in an embarrassing manner as Raymond and Sylvia Kristel looks terribly uncomfortable and embarrassed to be playing her villainous role. The last fatal flaw is Christopher Coppola's direction; he lends the film plenty of visual style but has no concept of how to pace the story or build any dramatic intensity. In short, Dracula's Widow is as pointless as it is tough to watch. Even hardcore vampire fans are likely to lose their patience with this misguided horror effort.