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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 »
NewsDesk:
(330 articles)
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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 ... Frontier Official
Miles Malleson ... Undertaker
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Porter
Paul Cole ... Lad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stedwell Fulcher ... Man in Coach (scenes deleted)
Humphrey Kent ... Fat Merchant (scenes deleted)
Judith Nelmes ... Woman in Coach (scenes deleted)
William Sherwood ... Priest (scenes deleted)
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)
 
Costume Design by
Molly Arbuthnot 
 
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) (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:
According to Christopher Lee's autobiography, he received only £750 for his portrayal of Dracula. He also states that the film eventually grossed US$25 million.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: About quarter of an hour into the film, immediately following the scene where Dracula attacks Harker and then carries the vampire woman out from the library, there is an establishing shot of the outside of Dracula's castle. It looks motionless, but on closer inspection, a dark figure can be seen rushing past the bushes around the entrance to the castle. The most probable explanation is that it is in fact the top of Dracula's carriage, and the shot was originally filmed for the scene a few minutes later when the carriage rushes past Van Helsing on his first trip to the castle. However, the carriage is so indistinguishable in long-shot, the editors obviously abandoned it and used it here instead.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) (TV)See more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Hammer's Masterpiece, 1 November 2007

Hammer made several classic horror movies : The Curse Of Frankenstein, The Curse Of The Werewolf, Dracula - Prince Of Darkness, The Devil Rides Out, She, The Quatermass trilogy amongst others. However for me, their first Dracula movie is a true horror masterpiece.

Although based on the novel by Bram Stoker, the movie doesn't even try to adapt the book. Jimmy Sangster simply took the characters and events he needed, and went off and did his own movie, and it works brilliantly.

Jonathon Harker arrives at Castle Dracula under the guise of being Dracula's new librarian. Actually however, he's there to destroy the vampire. When he fails, Dracula wrecks vengeance on Harker's fiancé and family, while Van Helsing arrives in the hope of ending what Harker couldn't....

As I said, nothing like the novel but it doesn't matter. This is the best Dracula movie ever made.

To begin with, the set design by Bernard Robinson is superb. His design of the castle is fantastic. Jack Asher, the cinematographer does a stunning job lighting the movie, especially Dracula's first appearance. The music by James Bernard, taking it's cues from the title, Dracula, is wonderful, bringing excitement, dread, fear and everything you could ask for.

Terence Fisher, Hammer's most important director, keeps things going at a brisk pace, staging some brilliant set-pieces. Fisher made most of the early horror classics: The Curse Of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Curse Of The Werewolf. He also made many more movies for Hammer, but this is his finest movie.

Where Hammer got lucky was Christopher Lee. His Dracula performance is gripping. He's charming when he needs to be - watch the brilliance of his first appearance. He appears at the stop of the stairs looking menacing, thanks to the lighting and music, then walks down the stairs and introduces himself! Brilliant.

But Lee is scary and terrifying as he needs to be, when stalking Mina and Lucy, but also almost passionate with them. And he proves a worthy adversary for Van Helsing....

...which brings me to Peter Cushing. Simply put the best Van Helsing on screen, played by the best actor ever in the horror genre. Cushing brings compassion to Van Helsing (watch the scene with the child in the graveyard) but also determination and obsession at ridding the world of evil. Even though he made a lot of horror movies in his career, and thus is somewhat under-rated as an actor, he never gave a bad performance and here like Lee he is at the top of his game. it's no wonder that they both became like a double-act in horror movies!! Although by todays standard, some of the acting may appear wooden, or 'ham(!)' and some of the effects, especially in the movie's stunning climax may have dated the movie as a whole has not.

It's still a battle between good v evil, which reaches a climax in a brilliant finale in the castle as Darcula and Van Helsing face each other. If you watch carefully, you'll see it's Van Helsing's knowledge that wins out, not strength.

When I saw this a child it scared the hell out of me. Time and repeated showings may have weakened the scare factor of this movie, but this is still,and will always be, my favorite horror movie.

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