Dr. Van Helsing, investigating the death of his friend concludes that Jonathan Harker was the victim of a blood-sucking vampire. But Dracula persists in seeking revenge against Harker, targeting Lucy’s beautiful sister, Mina.
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"And then I think the better of the two, the film that we really felt went further, was HORROR OF DRACULA. You know, there's nothing like the introduction of Dracula in that picture" (Martin Scorsese on this and CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN)
A brisk reduction of Stoker; Cushing leads with an etiolated dash and the Parma Violet feel of early Hammer Horror is nicely in situ. It's probably the best of the Hammer Horrors (certainly of the Dracula series which neatly declined with each entry) with splendidly realised atmosphere achieved on a limited budget - talent will out...
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.
Fisher-Lee-Cushing classic. Groundbreaking in atmosphere construction, use of color, depiction of gore and sensual connotations. Still subtle, intelligent and refined, considering the target audience and the very low budget.
The one Hammer film which should be seen by everyone and personally my favourte dracula film if not the closest to Bram Stoker. Nobody ever played Van Helsing with the zest of Cushing and despite limited dialogue Lee is possibly the most effective screen dracula although other actors such as Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella and Gary Oldman all played the part well in their own way. A wonderfully energetic film
Truly the great Dracula film. It takes extreme liberties with the novel at times, and although there were great moments in Brides and Prince of Darkness-this is the end all Hammer classic. Lee is a completely different Count than Bela Lugosi and it is this combined with the energy of the film which makes it hold up well as an alternative to the original Universal film.
Warner needs to release the BFI restoration.
The best Hammer Universal horror reboot, and Lee is the best Dracula who isnt Lugosi. Great sets and cinematography, and Cushing is a nice Van Helsing. Good stuff alll around, a must watch around Halloween imo. 4 stars
Mesmerizing classic and hugely representative of early Horror films with legendary duet Christopher Lee / Peter Cushing. Certainly the film aged a little but Fisher offers here one virtuosic interpretation and visual masterpiece in the Victorian gothic style, this creepy vampire romance is of a rare elegance. My favorite from the serie with Dracula, prince of darkness, also directed by Terence Fisher.