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One of the best...

7/10
Author: JasparLamarCrabb from Boston, MA
19 June 2008

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Anchored by a great Peter Cushing performance, this remains one of the very best Hammer horror films. Cushing, as Van Helsing, is matched by a very enigmatic Christopher Lee as the Count. Lee's Dracula is one of the most malevolent the screen has ever seen. He's unrelentingly evil and while he's off screen for much of the film, he still manages to let his presence be known. Terence Fisher's brisk yet low-key direction is a big plus, as is the stunning color photography. The final confrontation between Cushing and Lee is not a letdown. Big deficit: the extremely hammy performance by Michael Gough. He seems very out of sync with the grounded-in-reality work of Cushing.

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One Of The Best Draculas Ever!!!

9/10
Author: vladimir jaksic from Galaxy Far Far away...
4 February 2008

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In my opinion this is one of the best Draculas ever. It's made by legendary Hammer films which is famous for many horror films,and this one is one of the best.Dracula is played by Cristopher Lee surely the best Dracula of all times,and in my opinion he is even better than Bella Lugosi. Lee's Dracula poses charm of British aristocrat,but in same time he is ghastly and terrifying!!! This and every Dracula film would not be same without one more character-Dr. Van Helsing. In this one he is played by Peter Cushing. He is perfect in this role!!! He is creepy and scary as doctor of strange diseases should be. Original novel (writen by Bram Stocker) has frighten millions of readers ,and this movie has frighten millions of watchers! Great masterpiece by Terence Fisher!!!

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The Greatest And Eeriest Of Vampires Gets A Brilliantly Haunting Makeover

9/10
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria
17 July 2007

Certainly the most famous movie by my beloved Hammer Studios, Terence Fisher's "Dracula" of 1958 (also known as "Horror Of Dracula" is definitely also one of the best Hammer films. I also adore Tod Browning's 1931 Dracula with Bela Lugosi, and there is no doubt that Lugosi is not only one of the greatest Horror icons of all-time, but he literally becomes Count Dracula in his role. As far as I am considered however, Hammer's Dracula with Horror dream-team Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in the leads even outshines Browning's Classic, at least in terms of the pure entertainment-value. The wonderfully eerie atmosphere in Dracula is incomparable, and both the part of Count Dracula and Doctor Van Helsing are cast perfectly with two of Horror's all-time greats, Christopher Lee as the Prince of darkness and Peter Cushing as the famous Vampire-hunter. The plot of Hammer's "Dracula" may be even further away from Bram Stoker's novel than some of the other film adoptions, but, as far as I am considered that does in no way lessen the movie's greatness.

Hammer's films were revolutionary in so many ways in the 1950s, the Gothic Horror atmosphere, the (for the time) explicit display of bloody violence (which may nowadays appear quite mild, of course), the exceptional photography, the colors, James Bernard's impressive and eerie scores, and, probably above all, the performances by Hammer's two great stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. "Dracula" unites all these elements, that we fans of Hammer films love so much, and I would unhesitatingly describe it as a flawless and essential masterpiece of Gothic Horror.

Hammer's entire Dracula series is one of the great milestones in Gothic Horror cinema, and some of the sequels, such as "Price Of Darkness" of 1966 could very well be described as brilliant too. This first movie of Hammer's Dracula franchise is still doubtlessly the best of the series, something rare original and unforgettable ("Brides Of Dracula" of 1960, which has no Dracula in it, just Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, comes pretty damn close, however). As mentioned above Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee (two of my all-time favorite actors) both more than deserve their reputation as two of Horror's all-time greats, and "Dracula" is one of the movies that unites these two brilliant actors in a perfect manner. A plot description should not be necessary, both for the fact that we all know the Dracula story and since none of this films great moments and essential moments should be given away to those who have not yet seen it. Directed by Hammer's greatest director, Terence Fisher, and starring two of motion picture history's most brilliant Horror icons, "Horror of Dracula" is a brilliant landmark in Gothic Horror cinema that should not be missed by any lover of film.

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Hammer Films Greatest Achievement!!!

10/10
Author: lee3993 from United States
22 March 2007

Agent Starling versus Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs", Blondie versus Angel Eyes in "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader in "Star Wars", Dorothy versus the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz" and Moses versus Ramses in "The Ten Commandments",etc,etc, were all classic displays of good against evil in the world of film making. However, none of these can compare to the historic duel between the infamous Count Dracula and Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Although numerous films about vampires have included these characters, 1958's "Horror of Dracula" is without a doubt the best. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are equally mesmerizing as Dracula and Van Helsing in this all-time horror classic. Christopher Lee plays the most menacing vampire in the history of cinema and Peter Cushing is just as convincing as the vampire killer who is determined to send the blood thirsty beast back to Hell. The two actors matched wits so well together that their roles were reprized in several sequels. But none of them comes close to matching the artistry, pageantry, atmosphere, or terror of Hammer Films "Horror of Dracula"!

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Best Of The Best

10/10
Author: johnrtracy from United States
24 January 2007

The Horror Of Dracula is, in my opinion, the best Dracula film to date. Christopher Lee is excellent as the undead count. He is tall, athletic, aristocratic, and with just the right air of superiority. This is, by far, his best role. Peter Cushing is his equal in every way. He is better known for his portrayal of Baron Frankenstein, however, his Dr. Van Helsing is not second rate. The supporting cast also do a very good job. This film is loosely based on Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula". Terrence Fisher did an excellent job as director, and basically allowed the actors to do what they were trained to do. The ending is one of the best in cinema history. If you've never seen this film you're in for a treat, if you have seen it, watch and enjoy it again. I've seen it over 15 times and i still enjoy watching it. John R. Tracy

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S10 Reviews: Horror of Dracula (1958)

8/10
Author: suspiria10 from The Void
28 May 2005

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Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) is hired by a Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) to catalog is vast and ancient library. Upon Harker's arrival in the Gothic and whispered about castle it becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems as is attacked by a pale, yet strangely alluring fanged female than promptly shut up in his room. We soon find out that Jonathan has come here with one purpose and one purpose only, to destroy the vampiric monster Dracula. When the plan goes dreadfully wrong the famous Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) marches in to save the world from this ancient evil.

Hammer Studios creates a wonderful production, one full of beautiful sets and costuming. Also on tap are plenty of Gothic atmosphere and a cast of great thespians including the great combination of Cushing and Lee. The script diverts itself from the source material in many ways, mostly in the shuffling around of the characters and their relationships to one another partially due to a legal squabble with Universal Studios.

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A good retelling of the story, but ultimately flawed

7/10
Author: mkeyes99
24 June 2004

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I would just like to start by saying that I really enjoyed this movie. My assessment of it being ultimately flawed is more to do with the story than it is to do with the performances. The story in essence follows that of the book, but with some changes that I feel were generally unnecessary, for example Harker as Dracula's librarian, and being dead within the first twenty minutes, the complete writing out of Renfield, and the change of Lucy's surname from Westenra to Holmwood. However for all the faults with the story, this remains an engaging film and a classic example of Hammer Horror. Also when compared with its predecessor, The Curse Of Frankenstein, it shows how far Terrence Fisher had progressed as a Horror director in such a short time.

As a horror film The Horror Of Dracula works wonderfully, creating tension with a typically 50s horror score and brilliant performances from Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Dracula. The cinematography is also a vast improvement on that on show in The Curse Of Frankenstein, and the set design and costumes are quite simply brilliant.

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A Moving Picture of Horror

8/10
Author: Space_Mafune from Newfoundland, Canada
7 November 2002

HORROR OF DRACULA is simply told but effective. It stars a fantastic trio of lead actors in the form of Peter Cushing(as Dr. Van Helsing), Christopher Lee(as the Count) and Micheal Gough(as Arthur Holmwood--a man tortured by the evil of Dracula) who are always a delight to watch. Also appearing are a number of buxom leading ladies as was common with most Hammer--here we have Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Janina Faye and Valerie Gaunt. The element I enjoy best about the film however is Jack Asher's Cinematography as this film looks like a living painting brought to life and is full of gothic color.

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Best Dracula film ever.

Author: edwjoolee from United States
13 March 2002

Terence Fisher's Horror of Dracula is probably the best adaptation of Dracula ever put on film. Stylish, gothic and very literate, it's Hammer film production at its finest.

The actors in this film are all excellent with two actors in particular standing out: Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Christopher Lee was the perfect choice for the role of Dracula. His Dracula is an imposing presence, tall, stately and cool, with the deep, silky-smooth voice and gentlemanly manner that belies a lurking, evil presence. He is able to imbue his character with both erotic charm and cold, calculated evil at the same time. Just watch any of his scenes in this film and you'll know what I mean.

Peter Cushing as Van Helsing starts out a bit stodgy and pedantic, but by the end he will have transformed himself into a solid man of action. It is a role tailor-made for Peter Cushing, and he does an excellent job. Had another actor played him, this film would not have been as effective, especially playing opposite Christopher Lee's Dracula.

If you haven't seen this classic horror film, I would urge you to do so. Another great Terence Fisher film I would recommend is Dracula, Prince of Darkness, also starring Christopher Lee.

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This may well be the best version of Dracula ever!

Author: cfisanick from Western Pennsylvania
16 November 2001

I saw this Terence Fisher Hammer classic again recently and was struck by how well that it holds up. While not quite a true adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, in a lot of ways this is the definitive film version of "Dracula." And, along with "Five Million Years to Earth, it may be the best Hammer film ever. It is a literate, perfectly acted, beautifully mounted, thrilling film. As horror films go, this is one of the best.

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