4 Film Favorites: Draculas (Dracula A.D. 1972, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Horror of Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula)
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Hammer's groundbreaking 1958 version of Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula) is still one of the very best despite the many liberties Jimmy Sangster's concise and highly effective script takes with Bram Stoker's novel to whittle it down to an hour-and-a-half. It's not just the names that have been changed around and the cast of characters greatly reduced to Hammer's budget levels (admirably disguised here by Bernard Robinson's excellent production design). John Van Eyssen's Jonathan Harker is no longer a lawyer, but here is posing as a librarian to get into Dracula's castle with an ulterior motive - presumably on the grounds that the audience knows going in just what Dracula is so there's no point putting the hero through all that mystery when there's staking to be done. The budget doesn't stretch to the voyage and arrival of the ghost ship Demeter or even a Renfield for that matter, and this Dracula has no social interaction with his intended victims in Whitby or London - in fact, he never even leaves the continent. Nor is the vampire fascinated with Harker's intended - here he simply seeks her out as revenge. Yet the changes work surprisingly well, and even throws in a few good twists like the location of Dracula's hiding place.Read more ›
It is a horror fans dream to have such timeless movies to go along with outstanding scripts!,and just 'atmospheric' scenery alone boggles!... HAMMER horror is MORE than enough to quench the pallet!; THUS!; to top it all off ! ; *Christopher Lee* IS at his...The VERY BEST !!!!
Horror of Dracula
"Horror of Dracula" may not be a faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic Gothic vampire tale, in fact far from it, but it is a fine take of Stoker's novel.In this version, Jonathan Harker goes to Dracula's castle at the beginning under the guise of a librarian, but he actually knows what Dracula is and his purpose is to destroy him. Unfortunately, he is killed by Dracula and the vampire goes to London to prey upon Harker's fiancee, Lucy Holmwood [yes, they changed the names too], and later on Mina Holmwood, Lucy's sister-in-law. It is left to Van Helsing [Peter Cushing] and Arthur Holmwood [Lucy's brother and Mina's husband] to destroy the monster.
Christopher Lee, in his first portrayal of the evil Count Dracula, may not have much screen time, but he makes the most of the limited time he does have. His Count is sensual and evil at the same time - exerting a hypnotic effect upon his female victims that have them eagerly disrobing for the count's pleasure [and fangs:)].
Peter Cushing does an amazing job as Dr Van Helsing, vampire hunter and his commanding presence and determination to hunt down and destroy the monster that is Dracula is so credibly done that I was cheering him on all through the movie.Read more ›
1. "Horror Of Dracula" (1958): The one that started the Hammer/Dracula series is the best of the four films collected here. Christopher Lee debuts as Dracula; and Peter Cushing also debuts as Dracula's arch-nemesis Van Helsing. "Horror" was the first time that Bram Stoker's original novel was filmed in color. It hardly matters that Jimmy Sangster's screenplay is a rather loose adaptation of Stoker's novel. The film moves along at an exciting pace, and packs a lot of incidents and action into 81 minutes. This version, for instance, wastes no time with meek Jonathan Harker "discovering" that Count Dracula is a vampire. Harker (John Van Eyssen) knows all about Dracula at the outset, and, posing as a librarian, arrives at Castle Dracula to destroy him. After he kills Dracula's vampire bride (Valerie Gaunt), Harker is turned into a vampire; presumably by Dracula himself. "Horror" is notable for its restraint. A lot of what happens is left to the viewer's imagination. With Harker a member of the "undead", it is up to Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) to save both Lucy (Carol Marsh) and Mina (Melissa Stribling) from a similar fate. The final showdown, with Dracula disintegrating after being exposed to direct sunlight, is especially memorable.
2. "Dracula Has Risen From The Grave" (1968): He certainly has, and he has vowed revenge on the Monsignoir (Rupert Davis who placed a very large cross in front of his Castle!Read more ›
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Such fun to reminisce about movie we saw as kids. My husband was absolutely surprised and we definitely had fun watching these old favorites.Published 1 month ago by Nikita
Some of the later Hammer Dracula films, as the franchise was winding down. Plots are getting more difficult to make individual and the acting seems strained, almost laughable, as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Toni V. Sweeney
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4 Stars for the films: A good collection of Hammer Dracula films--including their first--but I purchased this 2-disc set to get the one film I could not find... Read more
boght 4 dracula ad 1972 . works good picture . good moviePublished 2 months ago by horror movie man
They just don't make them like this anymore. These are the Hammer Draculas that Warner has the rights to, if you're wondering why some are missing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alan C. Logan
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