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

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  8 May 1958 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles Lloyd Pack ...
George Merritt ...
George Woodbridge ...
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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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1.66 : 1
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The composer, James Bernard, once said in an interview, he actually composed the main 3-note theme by breaking the word 'Dracula' down to its three syllables. See more »


When Van Helsing and Mina's husband are pursuing Dracula in their carriage, they stop when they find the body of a murdered coachman: the audio is mismatched. The sound of the carriage and horses in motion continues even after their coach has come to a complete stop. See more »


[first lines]
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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Is This The Best Dracula Film? Maybe!
14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of horror films but I was very impressed with this one, titled "Horror Of Dracula." (For some reason, it's just called "Dracula" here on the IMDb site.

This is a solid re-telling of the Dracula story with some legitimate thrills provided to the viewer along with pretty photography and sets and a tasteful lack of blood.

I'm curious how this looks and sounds on DVD. Story-wise, they might have embellished some of the action scenes and made Dracula a little more powerful. (I can't see him feeling a regular human being which he did here in the end.) Other than that, it's a well-done movie with no exaggerated characters, nice colors, no problem understanding accents....one of the better Dracula films ever made, just maybe the best. It's that good!

It also features two of the best classic 'horror" actors of all-time: Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Highly recommended, particularly for people who might be hesitant to watch a "Dracula" film. I'll think you'll like this version.

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