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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

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

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Helen Kent
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Charles Kent
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Diana Kent
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Bloodthirsty Vampire Lives Again! See more »

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12 January 1966 (USA)  »

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In the scene where Dracula is being "resurrected" from a coffin into which his ashes have been spread, from blood dripping down from a poor victim (provided by Klove) Dracula is made to "manifest himself" over a period of about a minute. This was achieved by overlapping "dissolves" of a series of twelve locked-down camera shots, involving first the ashes, then a skeleton, then some body-fat on the skeleton, etc., along with swirling mist, till we finally perceive the full form of Dracula. He doesn't appear fully dressed as is usually the case - the shot moves to outside the coffin and a bare arm reaches out. The vampire's clothes were seen in earlier scenes awaiting his return. See more »

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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 »

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Helen Kent: [after Klove leaves to get their dinner] Please, let's leave here.
Charles Kent: Oh dinner sounds like a splendid idea.
Diana Kent: I agree!
Helen Kent: Diana! You can't!
Diana Kent: Oh, why not? Ten minutes ago we were stranded in the cold, miles away from anywhere. Now we're warm. We're going to be fed. And if that man's master is anything like I think he's going to be, we're going to be entertained as well.
Charles Kent: Yes, Diana's right. Let's sit down.
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It Is Always Great to See Again a Dracula Film by Hammer with Christopher Lee
25 August 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The English couples Helen Kent (Barbara Shelley), her husband Alan Kent (Charles Tingwell), his brother Charles Kent (Francis Matthews) and his wife Diana Kent (Suzan Farmer) are traveling through the Carpathian Mountain on vacation expecting to climb the mountains. When they are eating in a tavern, they meet Father Sandor (Andrew Keir) that advises them to not go to the castle in Carlsbad. However they ignore the warnings and take a mysterious carriage to the infamous castle.

They are welcomed by Dracula's creepy servant Klove (Philip Latham) that tells that his master died many years ago. Along the night, Helen overhears someone calling her and Alan sees Klove carrying a trunk through the corridor. Alan decides to snoop and follows Klove. However, the servant attacks him in the basement and uses his blood to revive Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) from his ashes. Now the trio of English tourists will experience the presence of the evil creature in their lives.

I have been a great fan of Hammer's vampire movies since I was a teenager, "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" is a classic movie and certainly one of the best films of Dracula. Christopher Lee has no lines but is creepy and scary in his most famous role. In the end, it is always great to see again a Dracula film by Hammer in a Saturday afternoon. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Drácula, O Príncipe das Trevas" {"Dracula, The Prince of Darkness")


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