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

 -  Horror  -  8 May 1958 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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dracula | count | vampire | castle | first part | See more »

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Who Will Be His Bride Tonight? See more »

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8 May 1958 (USA)  »

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Dracula 1958  »

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In one scene, Mina Holmwood exits her bedroom after having been seduced and bitten by Dracula, with a very satisfied and seductive smile on her face. Director Terence Fisher, after a few botched takes, reportedly told actress Melissa Stribling: "[...], just imagine you've had the best sex of your life, all night long!" Providing exactly the right motivation, they then proceeded to wrap the scene on the first take. See more »

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At the start of the film, Jonathan Harker's journal narration establishes that it's May. Later, when Van Helsing and Holmwood ask the border official about the date Dracula's hearse would have crossed the frontier (within a week of the events that began the film) the date is given as December 1st. See more »

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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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A film for every horror fan in every generation!!
26 August 2002 | by (Wilmington, DE) – See all my reviews

This is the definitive version of Dracula. Everything in the film is done to absolute perfection. The portrayal of Dr. Van Helsing and the title character, Dracula, are the best representations, EVER! The two great actors, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are at their best in representing their characters. Unlike Lugosi, Christopher Lee shines in every scene with the ferocity and animal-like tendencies that Dracula should have. And the respectable actor and gentleman, Peter Cushing, takes the character of Van Helsing and makes it his very own. The look on his face at the end of the film shows a man, although exilarated and relieved, who is almost sad that his life's work is nearing a close. The incredible score, written by James Bernard, almost yells the life story of Dracula. The lavish scenes and rich color still hold up in today's world as astounding, original works of art. The gore and blood level is relatively low in today's standards, however, back then, people would be scared out of their wits. This film is a 5 star movie. Grab a loved one, pop some popcorn, dim the lights, and watch a real good horror movie for a change.


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