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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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Barbara Shelley ...
Helen Kent
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Father Sandor
Francis Matthews ...
Charles Kent
Suzan Farmer ...
Diana Kent
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Alan Kent (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters ...
Ludwig
Philip Latham ...
Walter Brown ...
Brother Mark
George Woodbridge ...
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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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dracula | castle | servant | warning | mountain | See more »

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FIGHT BACK! DEFEND YOURSELF! See more »

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12 January 1966 (USA)  »

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

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A jet aircraft trail can be glimpsed in the sky during the climax. See more »

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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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In some respects as good as the original,all the Hammer clichés at their best
24 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Dracula Prince Of Darkness is in many ways as good as the first of the Hammer Draculas. It isn't actually the first sequel they made- that being The Brides Of Dracula- but that did not have Dracula in it, it actually being another adventure for Peter Cushing's Van Helsing, the vampire hunter. This film is hardly a classic, but it's extremely effective in what it sets out to do.

Rather disappointingly, Dracula is not revived {in startlingly gory fashion}until half the film is over, and even after that only puts in brief appearances. Although this has been heavily criticised, in some ways it makes the film more effective ,as you don't always know when he is going to appear. He doesn't even speak ,just hisses. The leisurely first half is nonetheless full of creepy atmosphere, while the second half is pretty much all action. The scene where a writhing Barbara Shelley is held down and staked remains astonishingly effective, and only Dracula's icy demise seems a little unconvincing technically.

Of course the sexual element is hardly worth thinking about- prudish Shelley becomes'eroticised'as a vampire and than has to be killed, and why were the Hammer ladies always far more attractive in their vampiric form? Still, this film shows many of the Hammer elements at their best.


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