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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 ...
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Thorley Walters ...
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Walter Brown ...
Brother Mark
George Woodbridge ...
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Philip Ray ...
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Release Date:

12 January 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disciple of Dracula  »

Box Office


£100,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Originally shown (in London) in a double billing with The Plague of the Zombies (1966). See more »


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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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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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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