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Horror of Dracula (1958)
"Dracula" (original title)

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Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.



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After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost. Written by Anonymous

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8 May 1958 (USA)  »

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£81,000 (estimated)

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Jonathan Harker: [narrating his diary] The Diary of Jonathan Harker... Third of May, 1885. At last, my long journey is drawing to its close. What the eventual end will be, I cannot foresee. But whatever may happen, I can rest secure that I will have done all in my power to achieve success.
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Hammer's Best Movie and Maybe the Best Dracula Ever
9 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Until the release of "Horror of Dracula" (as it was called in the United States), Bela Lugosi had stamped his personality so thoroughly on the character of Dracula that it seemed unlikely that anyone else would ever replace him as the quintessential Count. That all changed in 1958 when Hammer Studios released its updated version of the Bram Stoker novel. Christopher Lee, who a year earlier had played The Monster in Hammer's "Curse of Frankenstein," infused new blood (so to speak) into the character of the bloodthirsty count.

Unlike the 1931 Universal classic, "Horror of Dracula" was shot in color with plenty of blood. The violence was much more overt, and this time Dracula and the other vampires actually had fangs! Add to that a literate script, plenty of Gothic atmosphere, a rousing score, Peter Cushing in the role of vampire slayer Van Helsing, and a stellar cast of supporting players, and the result was an instant classic that rivaled if not surpassed the Lugosi version.

The screenplay by Jimmy Sangster takes numerous liberties with the Stoker novel. Some of the characters (most notably Renfield) are missing entirely and others (like Jonathan Harker) are quite different from the characters as penned by Stoker. That meant nothing to me when I first saw "Horror of Dracula" as a ten-year-old boy, because I had not read the novel. In fact, watching this movie is what inspired me to read the book. And as much as I enjoyed it, Stoker's novel did nothing to lower my estimation of this movie.

For someone who is looking for a Dracula more faithful to the original source, I would recommend Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 remake. Personally, I prefer the Hammer version. I have seen it many times since its first release, and even after the passage of more than 50 years it has not lost its power to frighten or entertain. Christopher Lee would go on to play Dracula in numerous sequels and in some non-Hammer movies as well. Some of these sequels are quite entertaining in their own right, but none comes close to approaching the quality of the first. Still, whenever I think of Count Dracula I think of Christopher Lee, just as an earlier generation equated Bela Lugosi with the Transylvania blood drinker.

I have watched hundreds, if not thousands, of horror movies over the years, and there is none I would recommend more enthusiastically than this one.

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