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Dracula in Istanbul (1953)

Drakula Istanbul'da (original title)
Azmi is a lawyer from Istanbul. Drakula of Romania has assumed a new title. Azmi travels to Romania for legal matters. He is warned of Drakula but Azmi is a strong believer of goodness.


Mehmet Muhtar




Credited cast:
Annie Ball ... Güzin Arsoy
Cahit Irgat ... Turan
Ayfer Feray ... Sadan
Bülent Oran ... Azmi
Atif Kaptan ... Drakula
Kemal Emin Bara ... Doktor Naci Eren
Kadri Ögelman ... Usak
Münir Ceyhan ... Doktor Afif
Osman Alyanak ... Tiyatrocu
Eser Tezcan Eser Tezcan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toron Karacaoglu ... Bülent Oran Seslendirmesi
Esref Kolçak ... Dansci


A Istanbul lawyer named Azmi goes to Romania to meet with a Count named Dracula. Azmi is assigned to convey certain documents to the castle of Count Dracula. Dracula has bought many houses in Istanbul through Azmi and will move to Istanbul. But Dracula is a vampire from the descendant of Vlad the Impaler. It won't take long for our heroes to understand this. Written by serhanaga

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Was liking it at first but the movie started to go downhill really fast after that.
16 February 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

A Turkish version of the Dracula story. How absurd and obscure this sounds. But truth is, I was really digging the movie for its first 15 minutes or so. Unfortuntaly after that the movie very rapidly started to become incredible bad and lackluster.

It was very obvious to me, that the film-makers had carefully watched the 1931 movie "Dracula", directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi. It's not only a scene-by-scene remake at times but the movie even tries to look exactly like a 1931 movie. I'm still in doubt whether or not this had to do with financial issues or if it was an artistic choice but either way, I was really liking this. It give the movie a truly great atmosphere and I actually liked it that this was a 1953 movie, trying to be like an '30's movie, with its look and overall style.

But somehow, something went terribly wrong with its story. For some reason it is starting to take its own approach and seems to be making up its own story, as the movie goes along. Problem with this is, it just really isn't anything interesting or exciting to follow. The movie gets really lackluster after its fine start, which was a bitter disappointment.

Almost the entire middle part of the movie is more than enough reason to skip on this movie. It's incredibly poorly done, without any excitement or imagination and the movie also really starts to drag at this point, which will totally make you loose interest in it.

Quality wise this also really isn't the best movie. The sound at times is simply missing and the editing has some awkward cuts in it at times. It all makes it obvious what an incredible cheap production this must have been to make and also makes it obvious that most people involved really had no real idea what they were doing.

It's still not a completely horrible movie. I mean, if you are really into Dracula or vampires in general and want to see a fresh and unusual take on the story, done by a totally different culture (there are no crosses in this movie for instance because it's an Islamic movie), this movie is still worth checking out.



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Release Date:

4 March 1953 (Turkey) See more »

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And Film, Erman Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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