Rave review of Gary's Spanish "Dracula" European premiere at the Transylvania International Film Festival from Adevarul.ro, English translation here...see photos here...and click on "Ziua 3 la TIFF 2010" here for clips from Gary's Spanish "Dracula" premiere in Transylvania...and check out a clip taken from the audience here.
Unknown to most film-goers—even die-hard horror and fantasy cinema buffs—a second, alternate, and many would hold, superior version of "Dracula"(1931, d. Enrique Tovar Alvalos and George Melford) was being filmed at night on the same sets and sound stages as the famous Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi "Dracula", with virtually the same script—but with a Spanish-speaking cast, in a Spanish-language production aimed at the burgeoning Latin market.
The resulting film contains markedly more fluid camera-work and editing and more atmospheric use of lighting than the original "Dracula"—and boasts over-the-top, sexier—and dare we say, more full-blooded—performances from a cast including the great Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and Spanish born actor Carlos Villarias.
In the fall of 2009, GARY LUCAS, following the success of his latest live solo guitar score for Tod Browning's silent thriller "The Unholy Three", turned his creative energies towards composing a new solo guitar score for the infamous Spanish-language "Dracula". The film, like the original "Dracula", contains virtually no music beyond the opening and closing titles—Gary's music flows throughout, underscoring the spoken Spanish dialogue sequences as well as the long expressive shots that contain only sound effects in the film.