Picks and Pans Review: Dracula: the Series

updated 11/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

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B-

Lose the accordion music. Cue the synthesizers. The Transylvanian Count now goes by the name of Alexander Lucard and is a very modern industrial tycoon. As played by Geordie Johnson, he's one rapacious-looking corporate raider. You wouldn't want him sinking his teeth into your assets.

FYI: garlic, crucifixes, holy water and wooden stakes through the heart still work on today's vampire. You may need all of them. Europe seems to be rife with the buggers. They're always getting into vampire tiffs and hissing at each other like cats.

Muddying up the picture are a pair of American teens (Jacob Tierney and Joe Roncetti) who are visiting their European uncle (Bernard Behrens), a descendant of the Van Helsing family. They know Lucard's secret and try each week to thwart him. That adds the flat notes to a frequently stylish series with good special effects.

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