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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 {J-26}

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Bloodthirsty Vampire Lives Again! See more »

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Disciple of Dracula  »

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£100,000 (estimated)
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Christopher Lee said he found the lines given to this character so awful that he chose to play it silent. According to writer Jimmy Sangster, Lee is misremembering this as, he claims, he wrote no dialog for Dracula in the film. See more »

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Just as Dracula begins his descent into the freezing waters of the castle moat at the end of the film, the long shot clearly reveals the pivots holding up the ice beneath him. See more »

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Charles Kent: Guess who?
Diana Kent: Horace Peabody.
Charles Kent: Right first try.
Diana Kent: Did you enjoy your port, cigars and man's talk?
Charles Kent: No, not very much, but then, you know, it takes female company for me to sh... who's Horace Peabody?
Diana Kent: An old beau of mine. Before your time, darling.
Charles Kent: There was no before my time. You were a schoolgirl in pigtails.
Diana Kent: Even schoolgirls have their moments.
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The count plays second fiddle to a no nonsense priest.
19 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lee first put on his max factor fangs for Hammer productions in 1958. The result was the marvelous technicolor classic "The Horror of Dracula". Despite the film's awesome success it took Hammer eight years to convince Lee to do a sequel. The result was the far less heralded but nearly as good "Dracula-Prince of Darkness".

Taking place ten years after the vampire king's demise at the end the of "Horror", "Prince of Darkness" concerns two British couples traveling through central europe on a sight seeing venture. Ignoring warnings to avoid Castle Dracula the foolhardy band enter the vampire's abode and must battle for their lives against the recently resurrected count. One couple escapes and finds sanctuary at the nearby monastery of the Abbott of Kleinberg.

Enraged, Dracula pursues to reclaim his lost prey. Unfortunately, the master bloodsucker must first contend with the Abbott who knows how to deal with toothsome troublemakers.

Lee is his ghoulishly macho self in the title role. Hammer pinup girls Barbara Shelly and Suzan Farmer are appropriately pretty. Peter Latham is effective as the count's creepy man friday, Klove. But the real star of this outing is Andrew Keir as the Abbott, Father Sandor. Tough, gruff, witty and righteous Sandor is a every bit as worthy an opponent for the count as Van Helsing was in the original.


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