The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  5 September 1960 (USA)
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Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.



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Complete credited cast:
Martita Hunt ...
Baroness Meinster
Yvonne Monlaur ...
Freda Jackson ...
David Peel ...
Baron Meinster
Miles Malleson ...
Dr. Tobler
Henry Oscar ...
Herr Lang
Mona Washbourne ...
Frau Lang
Andree Melly ...
Victor Brooks ...
Fred Johnson ...
Michael Ripper ...
Norman Pierce ...
Vera Cook ...
Landlord's Wife
Marie Devereux ...
Village Girl (as Marie Deveruex)


A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily for some, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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5 September 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las novias de Drácula  »

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1.66 : 1
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The ending was to have originally had the vampires destroyed by a swarm of bats. This ending proved too expensive to stage and shoot. The concept of this ending was recycled three years later for the climax of Hammer's The Kiss of the Vampire (1963). See more »


In many scenes involving Baron Meinster in bat form, the strings holding up the prop bat are clearly visible. See more »


Narrator: Transylvania, land of dark forests, dread mountains and black, unfathomed lakes. Still the home of magic and devilry as the nineteenth century draws to it's close. Count Dracula, monarch of all vampires, is dead, but his disciples live on, to spread the cult and corrupt the world.
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David Peel - The Most Beautiful Dracula Ever!
15 February 2001 | by (West Hollywood, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Oedipus complex transposed to the vampire myth yielding two unforgettable performances given by David Peel and Martita Hunt. A true pity Peel preferred stage to screen acting (he also interpreted the role of DORIAN GRAY on vinyl), he embodied a Victorian persona yet was handsome, fetching and Wildeian. The classic status of this Hammer Film is yet another of the Cushing/Fisher collaborations though Peel's groundbreaking performance is rarely singled out. His most unusual portrayal of the vampiric disciple Baron Meinster is one of the finest in Hammer's canon. Breathtaking set design, atmosphere and mood place this film the rationale for Hammer's reputation, the equal of HORROR OF DRACULA. The homoerotic cycle of vampirism beginning with DRACULA'S DAUGHTER is made complete here which perhaps influenced Anne Rice and her body of work.

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