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
Van Helsing such bad-ass. Cushing probably is the best to portray the vampire-hunter with his calm and collected gentleman demeanor and precision (that candlesticks-turned-cross is topnotch move!). If Kingsman Secret Service is a 1950s film, he'd be the founder. This is perhaps gorier & less mysterious than the 1931 version which is more theatrical. Despite the deviation from the source, this is still a classic.
Surprisingly fitting in capturing the spirit of the novel with polished style and gothic sets even though it departures from the plot. Christopher Lee brings an iconic character to life with few words, presence and charisma while Michael Gough and Peter Cushing have great chemistry with latter being arguably the greatest cinematic Van Helsing, precise and easy going as he should. One of the finest Dracula adaptations
Props to how economical this feels, it makes some interesting shortcuts through the novel and it disorients expectations which I find vital in adaptations. Strange then that I should say this feels so obsolete after Coppola's vision - that chaotic masterpiece is so exaggerated, dense and fun that it's the only Dracula I have time for.
I think I’ve never seen blood so red. The Hammer Films version cuts thru the chase and makes Harker a vampire hunter, so that we can get right down to killing business. Christopher Lee is very impressive as the dark handsome foreigner seducing the blue-eyed blondines, and vampire Lucy gave me the chills, but otherwise “Horror of Dracula” feels silly now, almost 60 years after its release. Yet it’s great fun to watch.
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...