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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:
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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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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The film takes numerous liberties with the story of Bram Stoker's novel, including (SPOILERS FOLLOW): In the novel Dracula can transform into a bat, a wolf, a horde of rats, and a mist, while in the film he does not have these abilities. * Dracula is an old man at the beginning of the story in the novel and becomes younger as he feeds on blood, while in the film he stays the same age throughout. * Dracula has only one bride in the film and is killed by Jonathan Harker, while in the novel Dracula has three brides and they are killed by Van Helsing. * In the film Mina is Arthur's wife and Lucy is Arthur's sister and Jonathan's fiancée, while in the novel Mina is Jonathan's fiancée and unrelated to Arthur, and Lucy is Arthur's fiancée. * Dr. Seward, a major character in the novel, appears only briefly in the film. * Dracula is killed in the film by Van Helsing, who exposes him to sunlight, while in the novel Dracula is killed by Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris (a character not included in the film), who cut his throat and impale his heart simultaneously with knives. * Sunlight is lethal to vampires in the film, while in the novel it merely reduces their supernatural powers. * In the novel Jonathan Harker visits Dracula's castle to sell him real estate, unaware that he is a vampire, while in the film he visits Dracula's castle with the knowledge of his vampire nature and the intention to kill him, posing as a librarian. * In the novel Jonathan Harker survives the events of the story, while in the film he is turned into a vampire and killed by Van Helsing. * In the novel Dracula's castle is in Transylvania and Jonathan, Mina, Lucy, and Arthur live in England, while in the film Dracula's castle is in Klausenburg and only a short distance from the city in which Jonathan, Mina, Lucy, and Arthur live. * In the novel Dracula hides in England in Carfax Abbey, a property he purchased from Jonathan Harker, while in the film he hides in the cellar of Arthur's home. In the novel he transports a large number of crates of his native soil to England via ship, and in the film transports only a single coffin filled with his native soil to Arthur's home via carriage.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dracula appears in the Holmwood's foyer in the middle of the night, there are two coats visible hanging on pegs in the background, one of which is Mina's green fur-trimmed coat which she wore earlier. When Van Helsing and Holmwood enter a short while later, after Dracula's visit, both coats are missing.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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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A film for every horror fan in every generation!!, 26 August 2002
Author: turturici from Wilmington, DE

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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