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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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Francis Matthews ...
Charles
Suzan Farmer ...
Diana
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Alan (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters ...
Ludwig
Philip Latham ...
Walter Brown ...
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George Woodbridge ...
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Jack Lambert ...
Brother Peter
Philip Ray ...
Priest
Joyce Hemson ...
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John Maxim ...
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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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£100,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

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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The hair styles of Helen and Diana are fashions of the 1960s, not of the late 19th century. See more »

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Helen Kent: [after Klove leaves to get their dinner] Please, let's leave here.
Charles Kent: Oh dinner sounds like a splendid idea.
Diana Kent: I agree!
Helen Kent: Diana! You can't!
Diana Kent: Oh, why not? Ten minutes ago we were stranded in the cold, miles away from anywhere. Now we're warm. We're going to be fed. And if that man's master is anything like I think he's going to be, we're going to be entertained as well.
Charles Kent: Yes, Diana's right. Let's sit down.
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This is one of the best tales of Dracula I've ever seen.
22 April 2006 | by (The IMDb Horror Board!) – See all my reviews

The plot is simple; four travelers are abandoned by their coach driver near an old castle. Mysteriously, another horse-drawn buggy arrives with no rider. Of course, they decide to take it and move on but the horses are set on taking them to the castle, which I thought was pretty cool. When they arrive, they find they were expected, a table set for four. Out comes Klove, the creepy caretaker, who informs them that the deceased owner's wish was that the castle stay open for travelers. They decide to take advantage of this…and the story takes horrific turns from there. The resurrection of Dracula was a very good scene and the ending was a rather original twist on the vampire mythos but I enjoyed it just because of that. This was the first film in which I had seen the great Christopher Lee play the role of Dracula and everybody was right; he's perfect as the bloodsucker…and he doesn't even utter a word in this one. His tall build, strong face, and piercing eyes are more than enough to inspire his character. Andrew Keir as Father Sandor, a Van Helsing type role, was also of note. All in all, this Hammer production mixes in a bit of blood, some terror, and a whole lot of classic atmosphere to make for one classy, enjoyable horror flick.


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