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.
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
The fact that we don't watch Dracula more than 10 minutes during the entire movie, allows the character to be more efficiently shocking when he does appear. The largest sin of this movie is that it extremely lacks in atmosphere.
A must-see for any serious horror fan with Lee debuting in his iconic role. The film takes some (refreshing) liberty with the source material with a surprise death early on and Peter Cushing deliver the most excellent Van Helsing on film (a character usually boring) as he seem to have come right out of the Inquisition but hunt vampires . One of the better adaptations of the material and it looks phenomenal too.
This is the first time I watched a movie from Hammer Film. I haven't seen the 1931's version yet. In my opinion HORROR OF DRACULA is one of the best adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous novel. I think this movie is quite graphic for audiences at that time. And I guess that's why HORROR OF DRACULA is a great horror movie. Christopher Lee is superb as Count Dracula. His first appearance in this movie is beyond everything
And so I met Cushing as Van Helsing and the rest was history <3. This is the way of true Dracula, an undead demon. Sir Lee delivers all the darkness so well, accompanied by lavish Hammer scenography... A feast for all the senses of a horror fan.