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Horror of Dracula -- The first Hammer Dracula film in which, the infamous vampire (Peter Cushing, "Star Wars") is given a new, elegant and ruthless persona as he descends upon England.
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Director:
Writers:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Bram Stoker (novel)
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Release Date:
8 May 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Don't Dare See It...Alone! See more »
Plot:
After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece of Gothic horror! See more (161 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Doctor Van Helsing

Christopher Lee ... Count Dracula

Michael Gough ... Arthur

Melissa Stribling ... Mina
Carol Marsh ... Lucy
Olga Dickie ... Gerda
John Van Eyssen ... Jonathan
Valerie Gaunt ... Vampire Woman
Janina Faye ... Tania (as Janine Faye)
Barbara Archer ... Inga
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Doctor Seward
George Merritt ... Policeman
George Woodbridge ... Landlord
George Benson ... Official
Miles Malleson ... Undertaker
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Porter
Paul Cole ... Lad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Mills ... Coach Driver (uncredited)
Richard Morgan ... Coach Driver's Companion (uncredited)
John Mossman ... Hearse Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Bram Stoker (novel)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Robinson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leaky)
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist
Roy Ashton .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lynn .... assistant director (as Bob Lynn)
Tom Walls .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Charles Davis .... master carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Hillier .... props buyer (uncredited)
Mick Lyons .... construction manager (uncredited)
Don Mingaye .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tom Money .... property master (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren .... master painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
Claude Hitchcock .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Jack Curtis .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Oakes .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
 
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dracula" - UK (original title)
"Dracula 1958" - USA (informal English title)
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Runtime:
82 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (colour) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:(Banned) (1958) | Netherlands:18 (passed with cuts) (original rating) (1958) | Norway:16 (1958) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1970) | Sweden:(Banned) (1958-1970) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (uncut) (2007) | UK:15 (video rating) (1997) (2003) | USA:Approved (PCA #18181) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
In the United States the title was changed to "Horror of Dracula" to avoid confusion with the classic 1931 version (Dracula (1931)). This was a real concern since the Bela Lugosi version was still being booked into theaters (through Realart) until the Shock Theatre package of classic Universal horror films was released to television.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Van Helsing repels Lucy with a crucifix her reflection is visible in its surface. As a vampire she should cast no reflection.See more »
Quotes:
[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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece of Gothic horror!, 9 August 2007

After the enormous success of 1995's classic mix of horror and science-fiction, "The Quatermass Xperiment", the relatively small studio named Hammer Film Productions decided to dedicate most of their productions to the fantastic genres. A sequel to "Quatermass" quickly entered into the studio's plans, but it would be another movie what would become a success even bigger than "The Quatermass Xperiment" and the birth of what is now known as "Hammer Horror": Terence Fisher's "The Curse of Frankenstein". Thanks to its use of vibrant colors and daring (for the time) sexual undertones, Fisher's reinterpretation of "Frankenstein" renewed the interest in horror films and set the basis for a new style of Gothic horror. A style that would be perfected in Fisher's next movie for Hammer, another reinterpretation of a classic of Gothic literature, Bram Stoker's "Dracula".

In this version of the famous novel, Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) is a librarian who arrives to Count Dracula's (Christopher Lee) castle to work. At the castle, Jonathan finds a strange woman (Valerie Gaunt) who asks him to help her escape from Dracula's enslavement. Jonathan agrees, but she is not a normal woman, she's a vampire, an undead creature who preys on humans to feed on their blood. This doesn't surprise Jonathan, as he is actually a vampire hunter determined to kill Dracula, who is an ancient and powerful vampire. Unfortunately, his plan goes wrong and ends up bitten by Dracula, transforming him in the very thing he was going to kill. Days later, Harker's friend, Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) arrives looking for his friend, but finds him as a vampire and is forced to kill him. However, this is only the beginning, as now Dracula has Jonathan's fianceé Lucy (Carol Marsh) as his next target.

Like "The Curse of Frankenstein", the screenplay for this movie (titled "Horror of Dracula" in the U.S. to avoid copyright infringement with Universal's film) was written by Jimmy Sangster, who makes a considerably different story than the one done in Tod Browning's movie. For starters, this time Van Helsing is not only the one with the necessary knowledge to hunt the monster, but also a proficient fighter and overall a more active character than before. Count Dracula has also been reinterpreted, as Sangster takes the sensuality of the vampire one step beyond, and enhances his aggressive brutality without diminishing the Count's classy elegance. A notable trait in Sangster's script is the considerable amount of development he gives to his characters, as while the plot a bit simplistic, he makes us really care about the protagonists while at the same time making Dracula a fascinating creature.

Once again, Terence Fisher's directing is what elevates this work from a good story to a great movie, as in "Dracula" he seems to take everything that made "The Curse of Frankenstein" a hit to the next level, resulting in the definitive example of Hammer Horror. With Bernard Robinson's beautiful art direction and Jack Asher's excellent cinematography, Fisher creates an atmospheric Gothic nightmare in bright colors that even today remains as fresh and influential as it was the day it came out. Fisher's use of color in horror here is even more calculated, as also uses them to shock and terrify as exemplified by his fixation with the bright red of blood. This time Dracula is a real monster, and Fisher makes sure to make him the ultimate predator, however, his seductive image is kept intact as Fisher plays on the Victorian sexual repression with subversive subtlety.

One of the best elements in this version of Stoker's novel is definitely the acting of the cast, which is for the most part of an excellent quality. The stars of "The Curse of Frankenstein", Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, appear here in the roles that made them legends. As Dracula, Christopher Lee shows his very powerful presence, making a terrifying portrayal of the undead monster that almost equals Lugosi's classic performance. On the other hand, Cushing truly is the star of the film with the magnificent display of talent he gives as Dr. Van Helsing. Personally I think that nobody has given a better performance as Van Helsing than the one Cushing does in this movie. However, the movie is not only about Cushing and Lee, as Michael Gough truly shines in his role as Arthur Holmwood, Lucy's brother forced to join Van Helsing's battle against Dracula in order to save his family.

The rest of the cast is also excellent, with great performances by Melissa Stribling as Arthur's wife Mina, and the aforementioned Carol Marsh and John Van Eyssen, who make the best out of their certainly small roles. Credit must go to Fisher's directing of his cast as well, as he really seems to get the best out of each one of the actors, making "Dracula" one of the best acted movies of the ones Hammer produced. In fact, if there's a flaw in this Gothic masterpiece, that would be that sadly there isn't enough time to fully enjoy each one of the diverse characters that Sangster, Fisher and the cast have created in this movie. Just like any other story with multiple film versions, it's hard to resist the temptation to pick a "best version" of "Dracula", specially when two highly celebrated films (this one and Browning's) are among those adaptations.

Personally, I prefer Browning's 1931 version over this one, however, Terence Fisher's "Dracula" is a masterpiece of Gothic horror as good as the one by Universal, and my choice is based more on personal preferences than on any superiority in terms of quality. Thanks to Fisher's masterful directing and the amazing performances of its cast, "Dracula", or "Horror of Dracula" as it's known in America, easily ranks among the best movies that came out of the legendary Hammer Film Productions, and simply one of the best horror movies ever made. 9/10

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