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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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Francis Matthews ...
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 {J-26}

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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?


Francis Matthews (Charles Kent) and Suzan Farmer (Diana Kent) play a married couple. In Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), they played siblings, Ivan and Vanessa. See more »


At the end of the opening scene, Dracula's ashes are seen blown away by the wind. Yet later in the movie, Klove has a pot containing them which he dumps into Dracula's coffin. See more »


Father Sandor: [opening monologue recapping the previous film] After a reign of terror spanning more than a century the king of the undead was finally traced to his lair high in the Carpathian Mountains.Though the decades many had sought to destroy him all had failed.Here at last was an adversary armed with sufficient knowledge of the ways of the vampire to bring about the final and absolute destruction. This then was his fate thousands had been enslaved by to obscene cult vampirism now the fountain head ...
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This is one of the best tales of Dracula I've ever seen.
22 April 2006 | by (The IMDb Horror Board!) – See all my reviews

The plot is simple; four travelers are abandoned by their coach driver near an old castle. Mysteriously, another horse-drawn buggy arrives with no rider. Of course, they decide to take it and move on but the horses are set on taking them to the castle, which I thought was pretty cool. When they arrive, they find they were expected, a table set for four. Out comes Klove, the creepy caretaker, who informs them that the deceased owner's wish was that the castle stay open for travelers. They decide to take advantage of this…and the story takes horrific turns from there. The resurrection of Dracula was a very good scene and the ending was a rather original twist on the vampire mythos but I enjoyed it just because of that. This was the first film in which I had seen the great Christopher Lee play the role of Dracula and everybody was right; he's perfect as the bloodsucker…and he doesn't even utter a word in this one. His tall build, strong face, and piercing eyes are more than enough to inspire his character. Andrew Keir as Father Sandor, a Van Helsing type role, was also of note. All in all, this Hammer production mixes in a bit of blood, some terror, and a whole lot of classic atmosphere to make for one classy, enjoyable horror flick.

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