The Brides of Dracula (1960)

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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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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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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 »


When Van Helsing stakes the Countess, the blow falls well below where her heart ought to be. See more »


Marianne Danielle: [gasps] You locked him away? Your own son? Because he is... unholy? Oh, this I cannot understand. How can you be so cruel?
[dazed and exhausted, holding her head in her hands]
Baroness Meinster: [calmly] You are judging me, child. Sleep before you pass sentence.
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Referenced in Lake of Dracula (1971) See more »

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A Typical Vampire Movie by Hammer
8 May 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Transylvania, the teacher Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur) is heading to a small village where she will teach French and etiquette for teenage girls. The stagecoach stops at a village and when Marianne is preparing to eat dinner, the coachman goes away and leaves her in the inn. Out of the blue, Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt) comes to the place and invites Marianne to spend the night in her castle, where she lives with her servant Greta (Freda Jackson). During the night, Marianne sees a man in a balcony and she learns that he is Baron Meinster (David Peel), the insane son of the Baroness. Later Marianne believes that he will jump off the balcony and she goes to his room and finds that he is chained by his mother. Marianne decides to help him to escape and steals the key from the Baroness' room. Then she leaves the castle and is found by Dr. J. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing), who has been invited by the local priest to treat a disease. Soon Van Helsing learns that Marianne has unleashed a vampire that is murdering the dwellers of the village.

"The Brides of Dracula" is a typical vampire movie by Hammer, highly entertaining, with beautiful actresses but also with many flaws. Marianne is a silly woman that makes the movie happens with her stupid attitudes. The ham David Peel is awfully ridiculous in the role of the blonde vampire. It is not explained why the Baron Meinster does not turn into a bat to release from the chains. Who is the creepy man in the beginning of the movie that leaves a log on the road? Why people are so scared of the Baroness if they believe that her son is dead? Why the vampire did not kill Van Helsing and how a red-hot iron together with holy water avoids the victim to turn into a vampire? And the mysterious luggage of Marianne that is never seen? But the secret for enjoying movies from Hammer is to ignore the plot holes and have a good time with the silliness of the story. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "As Noivas do Vampiro" ("The Brides of the Vampire")

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