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Horror of Dracula (DVD)
After Hammer Studios' tremendous success with The Curse of Frankenstein, they struck a deal to adapt Universal's catalog of classics and set their sights first on Dracula. Christopher Lee removes the monstrous makeup from the earlier film and makes his entrance as an elegant, confident, altogether seductive Dracula, a frightening figure of flashing eyes and erotic allure. Peter Cushing, with his hawklike profile and piercing eyes, turns his rationalist intensity to Van Helsing: man of science as crusading vampire hunter. Director Terence Fisher and screenwriter Jimmy Sangster make a few changes to Bram Stoker's tale; gone are Renfield, Transylvania, howling wolves, and transformations into bats. The Count is an old-world aristocrat firmly ensconced in a castle in England and Van Helsing a crusading vampire hunter who plots his demise with an elaborate plan. This is the first film to really mine the erotic appeal of vampires: Dracula seduces Mina and Lucy like a devil tempting good to the dark side through sex--more suggestive than explicit, but daring for 1958. Lee is electric as the ferocious Count, despite his limited screen time, and Cushing turns Van Helsing into a virtual swashbuckler of a hero, leaping and diving through the climax like an aging action hero. Cushing reprises his role in The Brides of Dracula, while Lee absented himself from the series until 1966's Dracula: Prince of Darkness. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My favorite childhood scary movie; Christopher Lee ad Peter Cushing are very believable
in this Classic Dracula movie. Read more
I was pleased with the quality of the dvd and how quickly it arrived to my home. This is another great quality hammer movie .Published 11 months ago by deborah Kaer
I've always had mixed reactions to this movie. Unlike what some of your reviewers are saying, the whole movie took place somewhere in Mittel Europe, without Dracula ever going to... Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by stephen spotswood
Rich aristicrate Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) travels to England to instigate a reign of terror, with vampire killer Van Helsing (Peter Crushing) hot on his heels. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Vagabond77
This spectacular movie offered new blood to the dying genre in the late 50's. It's vivid, literary and sexy. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by mikkel carlsen
Forget Bela, Christopher Lee is Dracula.
This is the best Hammer film ever.
Unlike modern horror movies, the acting is superb. Read more
Hammer Films was fortunate enough to have some really talented actors, script writers, directors and composers to work on their series of horrifying movies that started in 1957... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Michael Butts