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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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George Woodbridge ...
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DEAD for Ten Years DRACULA, Prince of Darkness, LIVES AGAIN! See more »




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Release Date:

12 January 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disciple of Dracula  »

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£100,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) has no lines in this film. See more »


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Father Sandor: Do as I say!
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[indicates the body]
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One of the very best entries in Hammer's Dracula series.
24 June 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Dracula: Prince Of Darkness' isn't technically the sequel to Hammer's 'Dracula' (a.k.a. 'Horror Of Dracula'), 'The Brides Of Dracula' is, but considering Dracula didn't even appear in the latter, this in my opinion is the REAL sequel. I actually enjoyed it a little bit more than 'Dracula' and it's one of the very best entries in the whole series, if not THE best. Dracula doesn't put in an appearance until about half way through the movie, but he's worth waiting for. Christopher Lee gives his most memorable performance as Dracula, which incidentally has no dialogue whatsoever. It's a great piece of acting, and Lee is an extremely underrated performer. Apart from Christopher Lee the rest of the cast is also first rate. Andrew "Professor Quatermass" Keir almost steals the movie as the unconventional Father Sandor, and the four English travellers who find themselves the guests of Dracula are Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer and veteran Aussie actor Bud Tingwell. All but the latter are familiar faces to Hammer fans. Shelley co-starred with Keir in the excellent 'Quatermass and the Pit" and she, Matthews and Farmer appeared with Christopher Lee in the wonderful 'Rasputin: The Mad Monk' released the same year as this movie. Pop culture obsessives will also remember that Francis Matthews voiced Captain Scarlet in the cult Gerry and Sylvia Anderson puppet show 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' (a show that Bud Tingwell was also involved with). 'Dracula: Prince Of Darkness' is yet another wonderfully entertaining horror movie from Hammer studios. I suggest watching 'Dracula' and then following directly with 'Dracula: Prince Of Darkness' for a fantastic vampire double bill that is pretty hard to beat! Long live Christopher Lee!

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