By Charles E. Butler
Romance is a labour of affection for the flicks in accordance with Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. From Max Schreck (1922) to Marc Warren (2006). Fourteen stories of fourteen vintage videos. The epilogue indicates studies of flicks during which Dracula has made a token visual appeal.
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4/5 Starman was a hit and gave Carpenter much-needed confidence after the disastrous reception to The Thing. A couple of scripts he’d written were picked up by the studios and he became executive producer on both The Philadelphia Experiment and Black Moon Rising. Although neither film was directed by Carpenter, indeed his involvement was minimal, both films were successful and his name on the credits certainly did them no harm. Also around this time his son, John Cody, was born. His next directing role was to encompass his love for Hong Kong movies and, although he was actually offered the chance to direct Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child (1986), he turned it down in favour of something big...