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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Unrated | | Horror | 12 January 1966 (USA)
Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

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Two couples traveling in eastern Europe decide to visit Karlsbad despite dire local warnings. Left outside the village by a coachman terrified at the approach of night, they find themselves in the local castle and are surprised at the hospitality extended by the sinister Klove. It turns out the owner, Count Dracula, dead for ten years, has been hoping for such a visit. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Trivia

Originally shown (in London) in a double billing with The Plague of the Zombies (1966). See more »

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This story takes place ten years after the end of "Horror Of Dracula". It is supposedly the same castle that all the natives fear, yet the castle looks completely different on the outside as well as the inside. See more »

Quotes

Father Sandor: It's too late, Kent! Get away from there, its too late!
Diana Kent: [Dracula appears and attacks Charles] Why don't you shoot him?
Father Sandor: It would do no good, my dear.
Father Sandor: [Diana shoots at Dracula, misses and hits the ice, giving Sandor an idea] Running water.
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"One of the best Dracula films in the Hammer series"
27 August 2003 | by (Poole, Dorset) – See all my reviews

Four English tourists arrive in the Carpathians for a climbing holiday. Despite warnings from the superstitious locals they spend the night at Castle Dracula, where Dracula's sinister manservant uses the blood of one of them as a life force to resurrect his long dead master...

Dracula Prince Of Darkness was the official sequel to Hammer's Dracula (1958). Hammer had made two follow-ups to their box-office hit with The Brides Of Dracula (1960) and Kiss Of The Vampire (1964), but neither featured Christopher Lee. Some say that Lee refused to repeat his role through fear of becoming typecast, while others say that Hammer dropped him because he wasn't a big enough star. He got billed fourth in the first film. Whatever the reason, Lee finally returned to his original role after seven years and Dracula Prince Of Darkness made it into the top twenty moneyspinners of 1966. You will notice in this film that Christopher Lee has no lines, he has always maintained that the lines he was given were so bad that he wouldn't speak them. On the other hand screenwriter Jimmy Sangster (who penned the screenplay under the pseudonym John Samson) swears that he didn't write any.

Dracula Prince Of Darkness stands as one of the best sequels to Hammer's 1958 film, which is regarded by many as a classic. While Christopher Lee has no dialog, he still manages to create a feeling of lurking evil which lasts long after the movie's over. Whereas in later films he was little more than a supporting character with very little to do. The supporting cast which includes Francis Matthews and Barbara Shelley is excellent and Thorley Walters does a fine job of portraying the fly-eating Renfield, an original character from Bram Stoker's novel who is renamed here as Ludwig.


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