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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.

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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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Disciple of Dracula  »

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£100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Many speculations were made around the absence of dialog for Dracula: contrary to Christopher Lee's claiming about his refusal to deliver stupid lines, none of these were said to be found in the original scripts. It had been more largely admitted that Hammer productions, fearing for increase of his salary, had limited Lee's appearance on screen to minimum and dialogs to none. However the following adventures of Dracula played by Lee, though not particularly talkative, tend to deny this last hypothesis. See more »

Goofs

When the carriage pulls away from the woodcutter's shed, the passengers' luggage has been loaded to an exterior luggage rack in the rear. It is missing in all subsequent wide shots and also when the carriage arrives at the castle. See more »

Quotes

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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"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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