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Horror of Dracula -- The first Hammer Dracula film in which, the infamous vampire (Christopher Lee, "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:
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Hammer's Best Movie and Maybe the Best Dracula Ever See more (167 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
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Language:
Color:
Color (Colour by) (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) | Italy:16+ | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #18181) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
One of the most graphic scenes is when the stake is driven into Lucy's heart and the blood spurts out. American producers did an identical shot in color and spliced it into the black and white prints of "Return of Dracula" (1958). "Return of Dracula" (1958) was in general release in the U.S. before this film, retitled "Horror of Dracula" (1958)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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Hammer's Best Movie and Maybe the Best Dracula Ever, 9 August 2009
Author: Tom Jeffrey from United States

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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