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Deafula (1975)

A theology student finds himself turning into a vampire and hunting other students for their blood.

Director:

Peter Wolf (as Peter Wechsberg)

Writer:

Peter Wolf (as Peter Wechsberg)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Wolf Peter Wolf ... Deafula / Steve Adams (as Peter Wechsberg)
James Randall James Randall ... Rev. Adams (Deafula's father) (as James D. Randall)
Lee Darel Lee Darel ... Detective
Dudley Hemstreet Dudley Hemstreet ... Assistant detective Butterfield
Katherine Wilson ... Mother of Deafula
Cindy Whitney Cindy Whitney ... Young Amy
Norma Tuccinardi Norma Tuccinardi ... Old Amy
Nick Tuccinardi Nick Tuccinardi ... Zork (Amy's servant)
Gary R. Holstrom Gary R. Holstrom ... Count Dracula
Bob L. Fowler Bob L. Fowler ... Dr. Moon
Raymond Reichle Raymond Reichle ... Dr. Reichle
Errol Wechsberg Errol Wechsberg ... Baby Deafula
Von Wechsberg Von Wechsberg ... Young Deafula
Toni Below Toni Below ... Tall Woman in Bedroom
Sheila Pope Sheila Pope ... Young Woman in Living Room
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A theology student finds himself turning into a vampire and hunting other students for their blood.

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Deafula See more »

Filming Locations:

Eastern Oregon, Oregon, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sign Scope / Holstrom See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The first horror film shot using American Sign Language. See more »

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Assistant detective Butterfield: Don't forget, England has the best detectives in the world.
Detective: I know.
Assistant detective Butterfield: I remember there, many deaths with puncture marks on their necks. I remember my first encounter with Dracula. Dracula. I followed and I searched everywhere. When I found him, I hammered a stake in his heart, and he died. Dracula is dead! As I said before, England has the best detectives in the world.
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Names of cast and crew who are "hearing" (as opposed to deaf) are given in the credits in italics. See more »

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Deaf Dracula
7 October 2016 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

Disorienting take on Dracula, its entire story told through sign language, giving the film a uniquely weird touch, making its lead seem even more alien, and bizarre, even with his sillier than normal appearance (why the silly looking moustache, and painted on eyebrows?)

This film also benefits from putting the Count in the foreign surrounding of a major, metropolitan area, rather than his Transylvanian abode, and in the (then) present day.

The problem, however, lies in putting Drac into a setting which has aged so poorly, (the mid 1970s) and such a weird twist as having Dracula signing his way through the story of the search for a killer.

Still worth watching, if you know what you are getting into, but I wonder if sticking to a more traditional Dracula plot, in American Sign Language might have worked more successfully?


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