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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

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



(screenplay) (as John Sansom) , (idea) (as John Elder) , 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Shelley ...
Andrew Keir ...
Francis Matthews ...
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Alan (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters ...
Philip Latham ...
Walter Brown ...
Brother Mark
George Woodbridge ...
Jack Lambert ...
Brother Peter
Philip Ray ...
Joyce Hemson ...
John Maxim ...
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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


DEAD for Ten Years DRACULA, Prince of Darkness, LIVES AGAIN! See more »




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Release Date:

12 January 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disciple of Dracula  »

Box Office


£100,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barbara Shelley's own scream, though dubbed by high-pitched Suzan Farmer in the final version, can be distinctly heard in the original German trailer of the film, released under the title "Blut für Dracula". See more »


After the tourists enter the castle, the coach drives away and the gate shuts. Charles runs towards it, while the others stand in the foreground, to his left. When he walks back, the camera cuts to a slightly different angle. Diana, Helen, and Alan are now standing further to the right. See more »


Diana Kent: Wheres Charles?
Helen Kent: You dont need Charles.
Count Dracula: [Helen shows her fangs and Diana tries to run then Dracula appears on the stairs and hisses loud]
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A River Runs Through Him

Hammer brought Christopher Lee back after an eight year absence to play Count Dracula once more in this film, also directed by Horror of Dracula director Terrence Fisher. Fisher does a fine job creating tension as two English couples pay no heed to a priest's advice and go to Carlsbad AND to the unmarked castle in the forest. There a servant of the evil count kills one of the men(admirably played by Charles Tingwell) and uses his blood to ressurect his master. From there on, Lee creates havoc among the house guests. The typical Hammer touches are all here: bright colours, beautiful scenes and sets, great music by James Bernard, and a fine, talented acting group. Lee is very menacing as the count, yet the real star of the film for me is Andrew Keir as an outspoken Van Helsing-like priest. The Hammer girls are as always very easy on the eyes. Barbara Shelley makes a beautiful vampire. Though the script comes up a bit short to make this one of Hammer's best vampire films, all the rest certainly make it very entertaining.

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