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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Golden Age of TV Movies: Count Dracula (1977)

The Golden Age of TV Movies: Count Dracula (1977)

Welcome to The Golden Age of TV Movies, a monthly column about those wonderful TV movies of yesteryear. So many versions of Dracula, so little time to watch them all. Count Dracula was produced for BBC TV in 1977. It aired…
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Film, "Hotel Transylvania": A Comic Dracula Still Kills

"Hotel Transylvania": A Comic Dracula Still Kills

Casting a tapered, vase-slender silhouette and speaking in a Transylvanian accent with a touch of Borscht Belt, Hotel Transylvania's de-fanged Count Dracula is introduced in an 1895-set prologue while serenading his infant daughter. No menacing carnivore, this Nosferatu has sworn…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Rich Are Different

The Rich Are Different

Simon Rich got a two-book deal from Random House before he even left college, where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon, a position that set him up nicely for his current gig writing for SNL, all of which is…
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Film, Monster Smash

Monster Smash

"We must keep the atmosphere electrified!" announces creepy Igor in reference to an abominable experiment in Van Helsing, but he could be appraising the entirety of this enormous event movie. Breathless cutting, nonstop special effects, and a pummeling soundtrack camouflage…
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Culture, Stage

The Vampires

Harry Kondoleon wrote 17 plays before dying of AIDS nine years ago, at the age of 39. His crazed young gay sensibility and early death have earned him comparisons to Joe Orton, the British playwright who died at the same…
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