Dr. Van Helsing, investigating the death of his friend concludes that Jonathan Harker was the victim of a blood-sucking vampire. When Harker’s fiancée, Lucy, becomes trapped by the terrifying force and hypnotic power of Count Dracula, Van Helsing releases her tortured soul by driving a stake through her heart. But Dracula persists in seeking revenge against Harker, targeting Lucy’s beautiful sister, Mina. Van Helsing swears to exorcise this evil forever by confronting the vile and depraved Count himself.
Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment. Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account, he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service and tried his hand at various jobs landside. It was during this time that he discovered the cinema. Entering the film industry as “the oldest clapper boy in the business,” he eventually worked his way up to film editor. Almost as a lark, he applied to Rank to become a film editor. Unexpectedly, he was accepted. In 1947, at the age of 43, he made his directorial debut with a supernatural comedy called Colonel Bogey — a foreshadwing of things to come.
For the next few years, he vacillated between A-film assignments (Noel Coward’s The Astonished Heart, So Long at the Fair with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde, and The Girl in the Painting with Herbert Lom… read more
First in the Hammer series of 'Dracula' films still retains its punch. Christopher Lee gave a career defining performance here that completely captured the Bram Stoker creation. Production values just great with some liberties taken with the source novel. All the pieces that would become Hammer signatures are present; the gothic look, the earnest performances, the heaving bosoms, the horror, the horror...
All the characters act like utter idiots, with Gough winning the contest for 'Dumbest Face,' Oh, but it's all in good fun. As Count Dracula, Christopher Lee's barely contained contempt for having to play at human respectability--and his untethered bloodlust in the heat of conquest--make for a character & career-defining performance. Peter Cushing epitomizes the Secretly Badass Distinguished English Gentleman.
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