Jonathan (1970)

Article #1551 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-13-2005
Posting Date: 11-10-2005
Directed by Hans W. Geissendorfer
Featuring Jurgen Jung, Hans-Dieter Jendreyko, Paul Albert Krumm

A group of villagers plan an assault on the castle of a vampire, and send a man named Jonathan as an advance scout.

This movie has a rating of 4.9 on IMDB at the time of this writing, so I suspect that its reputation is not good. Me, I found it fascinating. It’s not really a version of “Dracula”, but it takes certain key scenes in the first part of the Stoker novel (Jonathan being warned not to enter any locked room, Jonathan being approached by the three female vampires which are then driven away by the Count and then given a baby to satisfy their desires, etc.) that are used as a jumping off point to tell a different story. It’s not an easy story to follow; it’s full of scenes that seem to have little to do with the main story line, and it’s a pretty arty affair. Still, even if I don’t know where individual scenes fit in, I find each scene interesting as separate entities. According to IMDB, this movie is in color, and I suspect I have a faded copy, as only the color red can be seen in many scenes; other than that, it looks as if it’s in black and white. Still, this in itself makes it interesting watching. Political and religious interpretations abound in this one. All in all, I recommend this one, but I suspect you’ll have little use for it if you don’t care for movies like VAMPYR.

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