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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Unrated | | Horror | 12 January 1966 (USA)
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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£100,000 (estimated)
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Many speculations were made around the absence of dialog for Dracula: contrary to Christopher Lee's claiming about his refusal to deliver stupid lines, none of these were said to be found in the original scripts. It had been more largely admitted that Hammer productions, fearing for increase of his salary, had limited Lee's appearance on screen to minimum and dialogs to none. However the following adventures of Dracula played by Lee, though not particularly talkative, tend to deny this last hypothesis. See more »

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After the tourists enter the castle, the coach drives away and the gate shuts. Charles runs towards it, while the others stand in the foreground, to his left. When he walks back, the camera cuts to a slightly different angle. Diana, Helen, and Alan are now standing further to the right. See more »

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Alan Kent: You forget about all of this in the morning, you'll see.
Helen Kent: There'll be no morning for us.
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Enjoyable albeit shallow revisit to Transylvania.
23 May 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Dracula (Christopher Lee) rides again in yet another Hammer entry in the Dracula franchise. This film is enjoyable horror hokum, but it has an awfully shallow story, fleshed out with a slow opening stretch and some amusing vampire lore in between the sporadic vampire attacks.

Four British travellers are journeying through the Carpathian Alps in the 1800s. They are repeatedly cautioned to steer clear of Carlsbad Castle but, being typically stuffy and stubborn, they end up going there anyway. The castle is deserted apart from a rather zombified manservant. During the night, one of the travellers is slain by the manservant, and his blood is used to resurrect the long-dead Count Dracula. Time for another bout of blood-sucking mayhem....

Christopher Lee has a small role this time around, but gets across a good performance due to his commanding presence in the title role. Andrew Keir is also good as a priest-cum-vampire-slayer, though he has to overcome some dumb dialogue. The slow build-up is rather damaging, as it generates more tedium than chills. The opportunities for real terror are somewhat fudged too, since most would-be "shock" moments are telegraphed too far in advance. However, Hammer buffs and vampire addicts will doubtless feel more than satisfied.


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