The Brides of Dracula
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When her coach leaves without her, French student-teacher Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur), on her way from Paris to the Ladies' Academy at Badstein, is invited to remain the night at the Transylvanian castle of Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt) where she innocently unleashes a vampire, the Baron Meinster (David Peel). Meanwhile, Dr van Helsing (Peter Cushing) has been summoned by a local priest.

The Brides of Dracula was originally written as a sequel to Hammer Studio's Dracula (1958). However, when Christopher Lee, who played Dracula in The Horror of Dracula, turned down the role of Dracula in The Brides of Dracula, the screenplay was rewritten by Jimmy Sangster, Peter Cryan, Edward Percy, and Anthony Hinds. The movie was novelized in 1960 by Dean Owen.

Despite finding worldwide fame as Dracula in Hammer's 1958 film, Christopher Lee tried to avoid being typecast by refusing to return for this follow-up. He didn't return to the role until 1966 for Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

The baron and his two brides are holing up at the old windmill, so van Helsing pays them a visit. A fight follows in which van Helsing is bitten by the baron. To rid himself of the curse, van Helsing cauterizes the marks on his neck with a hot branding iron. While van Helsing recoups, the baron fetches Marianne. Again, a fight breaks out, van Helsing sprinkles the baron with holy water, and the baron kicks over a grate of burning coals, causing the mill to catch on fire. As the baron tries to flee, van Helsing leaps on the windmill and moves it just enough to form the shadow of a cross on the ground below, trapping the baron and destroying him.


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