Watch the Rare 1953 Turkish Dracula Movie

By Ed Glaser | Monday, September 11, 2017

The launch of our new book, Dracula in Istanbul: The Unauthorized Version of the Gothic Classic, is just 2 days away! And to get in the spirit, we’re showing off the superb cult film that’s part of its legacy.

When Turkish author Ali Rıza Seyfioğlu created his “bootleg” rewrite of Dracula in 1928, he probably didn’t anticipate that 25 years later it would be adapted for the screen. Remarkably, Drakula İstanbul’da remains to this day one of the most faithful Dracula films ever produced, despite being based on Seyfioğlu’s alternate, “parallel” text and depicting Mina as a cabaret dancer. (It was also the subject of an episode of Deja View.)

High-quality copies of Drakula İstanbul’da continue to prove elusive, but you can watch the best available version of the film in its entirety—with English subtitles!—below:

Dracula in Istanbul: The Unauthorized Version of the Gothic Classic features an afterword on Drakula İstanbul’da by scholar Iain Robert Smith, plus several rare photos from the film. The book will be available in paperback and ebook format on September 13, 2017.

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