Scars of Dracula (Widescreen)
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For once, Dracula gets to deliver some good dialouge and do some pretty cool things like scaling his castle walls, torturing his nim-witted servant, and might I also mention the inclusion of the most dramatic "Dracula demise" in the entire series. Christopher Lee will always be the irreplaceable crown prince of terror and the one and only Dracula! However, one has to wonder why Peter Cushing wasn't cast as the village priest. His great acting skills and shiny charisma always added a lot of needed credibility to these so called "B grade" imported horror films.
Anyway, if you like castles, costumes, and old fashioned gothic horror films you need to give this one a try! Just don't get yourself too upset over the fake looking bats!
It would've been a better film with the reappearance of a Van Helsing type vampire hunter, like Cushing, or Andrew Keir (Dracula: Prince of Darkness), as the kill-scene is my least favorite of all the Lee/Dracula films. But the DVD itself is beautiful, the picture quality near perfect, the sound clear and crisp. And it is a well put together film.
The extras from Anchorbay, as usual, are far superior to anything anyone else (with the exception of Criterion, perhaps) includes with their DVDs. There's an audio commentary with Lee and director Roy Ward Baker. You get trailers, a poster gallery, and with the limited edition two disc set, you also get a neat and personal interview with Lee called "The Many Faces of Christopher Lee", and two totally cool music videos that Lee participated in. Anchorbay, as always, has treated the Hammer Horror fan with an exceptionally good product.
As I warned you in my opening: "Never wake the Count while he's asleep". You may pay the consequences by watching a harmless and almost motionless Count Dracula, much less threatening than in his heydays.
I must admit I bought it because I am a faithful follower of Christopher Lee's career and as such it's part of his resume.
Unfortunately, someone decided to make him speak in this one.
Mind you, his voice is commanding as a bass-barytone and very suggestive, but Dracula seldom talks, he just commands by hypnotising his victims.
As the story goes, a young fellow has in mind to travel and stops at Castle Dracula for a night. Wrong choice of time and place...
Very soon a lovely (and voluptuous) girl begs him for help in order to escape the Count's attentions. The guy agrees and attempts to make love to the girl who very soon grows fond of his jugular and would like to take a bite, suddenly though, Dracula appears and a blood bath starts.
Change of scene. Next morning, everything is normal, no girl, no blood, but the young guy is obsessed with the idea of destroying Dracula.
He's so stupid as to lower himself, aided by the Count's manservant, into Dracula's Crypt. Guess what? He lands up spiked as a lamp post...
From there it's up to you to guess what else happens.
The attempt as being a "Gothic" version of the tale is not enough anymore. If the younger generations of the Victorian Age, as depicted in this movie, were truly such a bunch of stumbling and idiotic morons (which obviously they weren't), no wonder I was cheering all the time for the Count.Read more ›
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Great movie although I still say "Horror Of Dracula" was the best of them all. This film is the best of the sequels. Only one confusing part of it though. Read morePublished on June 6 2004
This is one bad film. I'm a huge Hammer fan but my, what a waste of time and money. Sure Christopher Lee has more lines but they're awful lines and the film has absolutely zero... Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Jimmy
The movie itself is very good if your a Dracula fan like me,however, I bought this movie for the bonus DVD thats suppose to come with it, however, there is no bonus DVD! Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Gary Abrams
This is a very Good Film. The cast is first rate, in this one Lee has more to do than in his other Dracula movies. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by Dwayne Brue
this was a very exciting and not to mention scary movie.chris lee or dracula was at his worst.a lot more action and suspence. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003
This film comes from the period when Hammer was getting "spicy," tossing a little nudity into their films to increase the sensation. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Tim Hewitt
I bought this DVD rather blindsightedly, if thats a word. I had read a lot about Christofer Lee and Hammer in the "Vampire Book" and seen a few of their Hammer flicks on TMC, so I... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2002 by Jonathan Wright
I don't have much to say about this film that hasn't been said before. It's not Hammer's best ("HORROR OF DRACULA", "BRIDES OF DRACULA", "KISS OF THE VAMPIRE"), nor is it their... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002 by SwellBooks
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