Monday 31 October 2022

Virtual Murder: A Dream Of Dracula

They say bad things come in threes, and that's certainly true as Doctor Velvet and Blackout chalk the final circle to complete this year's trilogy of terror on the eve of Samhain.

Because it's not really Hallow'een without some Draculas, and it's not really The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour without Peggy Mount, dark gods conspired (in 1992) to combine the two in Virtual Murder: A Dream of Dracula, and it certainly takes potions of hitherto unparalleled strength to sit through this hour of supernatural mayhem...

How do a pair of (admittedly amateur) horror-obsessed cultural historians manage to completely miss the definitive televisual translation of one of cinematic and literary-culture's most enduring villainous touchstones? How does Mount always manage to get hallucinogenic head-decoration into her contract? And how does something this colon-clenchingly cheap get on the actual BBC telly when people will be watching, though?

Load up on the garlic, candlesticks and holy water bottles filled with port, then press Play to find out...


Virtual Murder: A Dream of Dracula
Broadcast: Friday 21 August 1992, 21:30
Production/Channel: Pebble Mill Studios / BBC One
Writer: Bennett Sims
Music: Harry Robertson
Producer/Director: Brian Degas, Harry Robertson / Phillip Draycott
Starring: Kim Thomson, Nicholas Clay, Peggy Mount, Jill Gascoine, Tessa Wyatt, Alfred Marks, Hugh Quarshie, Sam Kelly, Phillip Whitchurch, Ronald Fraser, Julian Clary, Stephen Yardley, Alan David

And herein be the terror...

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