For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects. Jonathan Harker visits the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations ... See full summary »
Count Dracula kills a passenger on a train in Transylvania and assumes his identity. He travels to a small community in California where the Mayberrys are expecting their cousin from Europe. His strange behavior, sleeping all day and going out at night are surprising to young miss Rachel Mayberry. A policeman from Europe comes to investigate while Rachel's best friend Jenny dies unexpectedly. And the count plans on giving Rachel the gift of eternal life... Written by
The Hammer classic "Horror of Dracula" was issued shortly after this low budget black and white feature, quickly forgotten in the wake of Christopher Lee's successful portrayal in vivid color. See more »
When Rachel goes to the window in her bedroom, the crucifix is shown outside of her nightgown, but when she leans out the window the crucifix isn't shown, then it is when she goes back in the bedroom. See more »
It is a known fact that there existed in Central Europe a Count Dracula. Though human in appearance and cultured in manner, he was in truth a thing undead... a force of evil... a vampire. Feeding on the blood of innocent people, he turned them into his own kind, thus spreading his evil dominion ever wider. The attempts to find and destroy this evil were never proven fully successful, and so the search continues to this very day.
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With Dracula coming to live with a nice normal family in a small town in California, there's a trace of "Shadow of a Doubt" in the design of the story. He arrives by train (a la Joseph Cotten) in the person of FRANCIS LEDERER who has fled from Europe.
He's given a cordial welcome from the family and then the fun begins. The daughter seems to have the Teresa Wright role as the cousin who admires her uncle but senses something strange about him. Dracula keeps his distance from her. When invited to a Halloween party, he declares: "I have no social graces for large gatherings." Nevertheless, suspense builds as a series of incidents arise behind which we know he has played a part.
Lederer plays the part with such sinister glances that it's a wonder nobody in the household suspects anything except the girl's cynical boyfriend. The ending in the cave makes for a suitable climax to the story.
Summing up: Not quite as chilling as any of the Dracula films with Bela Lugosi, but still above average low-budget thriller.
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