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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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Barbara Shelley ...
Helen
Andrew Keir ...
Francis Matthews ...
Charles
Suzan Farmer ...
Diana
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Alan (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters ...
Ludwig
Philip Latham ...
Walter Brown ...
Brother Mark
George Woodbridge ...
Landlord
Jack Lambert ...
Brother Peter
Philip Ray ...
Priest
Joyce Hemson ...
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John Maxim ...
Coach Driver
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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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12 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Disciple of Dracula  »

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£100,000 (estimated)
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According to the DVD commentary by Barbara Shelley and Suzan Farmer, all of Shelley's screams were dubbed over by Farmer. See more »

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When Dracula opens his shirt for Diana Kent to taste the blood on his chest, he is interrupted and has to leave by kicking open a door. He picks Diana up and takes her to a horse carriage, and in the very next shot, Dracula's shirt is closed, completely buttoned back up. He couldn't have done this while carrying Diana's body. See more »

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Father Sandor: [after stopping a mob, led by a local priest, from driving a stake into the body of a girl who has died of natural causes. He orders the body be brought to a churchyard] I will bury her. Now do as I say.
[nobody moves to carry out his instructions]
Father Sandor: Do as I say!
Priest: You're out of your jurisdiction! I'll complain to the bishop!
Father Sandor: Do... and tell him that I stopped you from performing an act of blaphemy!
[indicates the body]
Father Sandor: Or would you prefer that I told him?
Priest: Well... We have to be sure.
Father Sandor: You are an idiot, ...
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Dracula's brain still contains the dust from the last film.
8 February 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

For years after he played Dracula in "Horror of Dracula", Christopher Lee refused to return in the role. Little did we realize he was doing us a favor. In between, Hammer made two superb vampire films, "Brides of Dracula" and "Kiss of The Vampire". Lee should have stayed home a little longer. "Dracula, Prince of Darkness", is a bomb of the first rank. The film crawls forward with two unappealing English couples "touring" the forests and mountains in the area near Dracula's castle. Suzan Farmer is languid and pristine in her role, generating no sex appeal and less acting ability. Francis Mathews is tedious as a "Cary Grant" sounding hero who does his best to put up with a wife and friends he has absolutely nothing in common with. As usual, Andrew Keir is insufferable as a loud and pompous self-important priest named Father Sandor. Sandor isn't afraid of Dracula, or anything else for that matter, so why should the film audience be concerned either? The script and plot are awful. In scene after scene, Dracula is made to look totally inept and a complete fool. In the dead of night, Mathews and Farmer, who don't know a thing about vampires, find themselves trapped by Dracula, his female disciple, and a loyal servant in the castle. Yet, they manage to escape in a sequence which is completely absurd. Nothing can save this movie from itself. Terence Fischer's direction is mediocre, Lee makes lots of faces but we've already learned early on he's no match for Andrew Keir as Father Sandor, who can't be bothered being afraid of anything, and who likes bullying people around ... including the vampires.


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