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Horror of Dracula 1958 NR CC

(238) IMDb 7.5/10

The first Hammer Dracula film in which, the infamous vampire (Christopher Lee, "Star Wars") is given a new, elegant and ruthless persona as he descends upon England.

Starring:
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
Runtime:
1 hour, 22 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Terence Fisher
Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
Supporting actors Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Olga Dickie, John Van Eyssen, Valerie Gaunt, Janina Faye, Barbara Archer, Charles Lloyd Pack, George Merritt, George Woodbridge, George Benson, Miles Malleson, Geoffrey Bayldon, Paul Cole, Guy Mills, Richard Morgan, John Mossman
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By FairiesWearBoots8272 on September 18, 2003
Format: DVD
Horror of Dracula, Christopher Lee's first performance as The Count, is surely among the finest versions of Bram Stoker's classic tale. Lee has amazing presence and style as Dracula and his is certainly one of the definitive portrayals of the classic character. Having just seen both this film and Tod Browning's classic 1931 Dracula film in close proximity, I am eager to compare and contrast them.
Browning's film is older and grittier and it benefits greatly from this. The raw, black and white photography gives it an incredibly eerie, creepy atmosphere which is missing from Horror of Dracula. Browning's film bore the influence of German Expressionism, particularly F.W. Murnau's classic Nosferatu. This sense of atmosphere, along with Bela Lugosi's knockout performance as the Count is what makes the 1931 Dracula great.
Hammer Films' Horror of Dracula from 1958 was filmed in Technicolor and has no trace of that German-Expressionist creepiness. However, Horror of Dracula has many advantages over the earlier film. For one thing, the performances are far better. Peter Cushing is perhaps the greatest Van Helsing ever, and Christopher Lee's Dracula is excellent. Horror of Dracula moves by faster and feels like a more cohesive whole, not to mention that the ending is far better than the ending of Browning's film.
Horror of Dracula is an incredibly solid variation on the story. Keeping in mind that it was made in the late '50s, I think most viewers will be satisfied. It's more enjoyable than the 1931 Dracula, but far less atmospheric. The performances of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee propel this fine film. I just wish that Christopher Lee was given more screen time. His Dracula appeared onscreen significantly less than Bela Lugosi's.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on April 19, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
The film "Dracula" (1958) (Aka "Horror of Dracula" in the USA) was a turning point in vampire's movies.
The use of Technicolor and profusion of blood shed produced a shock to audiences when released
At that time I was one of the teenagers that crowded the theater. What an experience! Since the starting titles with blood dripping over Dracula's name until the last scene we were enthralled with fear & horror!
At the present times general public is used to much more gore and violence, but this film still make your hair stand straight!

British director Terence Fisher is able to instill true Stoker's spirit to the film; it is a subtle combination of suspense and Grand Guignol. That "touch" was lost in successive new versions and resurrections the dreadful Count.
But in this particular first release Christopher Dracula Lee & Peter Van Helsing Cushing are at their peak.

The story in this particular adaptation of Stoker's book is as follows: Jonathan Harker is sent by Dr. Van Helsing to Dracula's Castle in order to destroy the hideous vampire.
That fate is easier to plan than accomplish as the unfortunate Harker will learn.
After defeating this attack the Count starts an all out revenge aimed to Harker's fiancée and her sister.
To stop him there is only one person: Dr. van Helsing. The film chronicles this confrontation.

Christopher Lee with his eyes full of tiny red veins and enormous fangs rends a paradigmatic characterization. Peter Cushing as Dr. van Helsing is at the same height.

This is an unforgettable horror movie. It is highly recommended for fans of the genre.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Anderson on March 21, 2007
Format: DVD
Although Curse of Frankenstein launched Hammer's gothic cycle, it is their 1958 production of Bram Stoker's Dracula that remains their greatest aesthetic and narrative achievement. There are of course many Hammer films that rival Dracula, but in Hammer's most successful phase (1957-64) all the key ingredients reach their most successful synthesis. Director Terence Fisher, first and foremost an editor, creates some excellent parallels and doubles, and the film in fact is centred around a series of oppositions and dualities, in the shape of characters, spaces, gender, class and culture. This makes Fishers carefully composed shots and editing procedures particularly effective. Jack Asher's gorgeous cinematography drapes the film in sumptuous colour, and the beautiful gothic set designs gives the impression of a production far more expensive than the Ł81,000 it took to make. Furthermore the narrative hares along at breakneck speed, thanks to a Jimmy Sangster screenplay that removed much extraneous baggage from the novel. For Stoker purists, this version of Dracula would probably be rejected, but the result is a freedom and pace that almost every other version of the story has lacked. If all this isn't enough we get to see a snarling bloody mouthed Christopher Lee in one of horror cinema's greatest close ups, and the magnificent Peter Cushing leaping athletically onto a table and bringing the curtain down on the Count. Hammer's Dracula series never reclaimed the spirit of the first film, despite some interesting attempts ("Dracula has Risen from the Grave" and "Brides of Dracula" for example) and this film has now rightly taken its place in the pantheon of horror masterpieces.
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