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The Brides of Dracula (1960)

 -  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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Cast

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

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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In the privacy of a girls' school he sought his prey - turning innocent beauty into a thing of unspeakable horror! See more »

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5 September 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las novias de Drácula  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

The prop department put a lot of effort into making a realistic model bat. It got lost and had to be replaced on short notice. This explains the rather unconvincing look of the model that got actually used in the movie. See more »

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The village girl who is resurrected as a vampire is buried too close to the surface as she is emerging from her grave. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Danielle: [gasping in disbelief] Then that poor prisoner, in the tower. He is your son?
Baroness Meinster: He was my son. Now he is only... a beast of the night.
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Easily one of the best Hammer Dracula films
1 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film begins by a narrator telling us Dracula is dead..but his disciples live on to spread vampirism. It's all about a beautiful woman named Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur) going to a woman's academy to teach French. It gets complicated but she ends up spending the night in castle Meinster. She also meets young, handsome Baron Meinster (David Peel) who's chained up in the castle by his mother...because he is a vampire. She doesn't know this and lets him loose. It's a good thing Dr. van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is around!

OK--this isn't perfect. Some of the plotting is clumsy (i.e.--why didn't the Baron just turn into a bat and fly out of his chains?), Manlaur is a TERRIBLE actress and the fake bats are pretty laughable (I saw the strings at one point!). Still this is just great. It moves quickly and has some great performances by Cushing (of course), Feda Jackson (as Greta--tearing the scenery) and a GREAT performance by Peel. He's sexy, handsome and scary as hell as the vampire. Hard to believe he was FORTY when he did this! Also I'm lucky enough to have a copy of the pristine print they released on laser disc and VHS in the early 1990s. The color is incredible and the picture and sound are crystal clear.

I'm giving it an 8--I WANT to give it a 10 but Monlaur and some clumsy plotting (what happens to the two female vampires at the end?) really work against it. Still--a must-see!


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