Nizzibet and I watched the 1979 Dracula last weekend. I liked it better than any other version of the story I’ve seen. Frank Langella manages to be creepy, attractive and threatening. The story moves at a good clip. I just wonder … was there ever a time that Dracula turning into a bat was scary? As a kid I think I thought the bat transform ability was neat. Who wouldn’t like to fly. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t think it was scary. It’s definitely not scary to me as an adult. Turning from a brooding powerful man into a squeaking, flapping furball? A flock (swarm?) of bats could be scary. One little squeakerdoodle is not.
I’ve noticed that the bat transformation part of the vampire myth hasn’t been a part of any bloodsucker movie made in the last 20 years.