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Dracula: Prince of Darkness -- Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

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Director:
Writers:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Anthony Hinds (idea)
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Release Date:
12 January 1966 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Greatest All New Fright Show In Town! See more »
Plot:
Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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In some respects as good as the original,all the Hammer clichés at their best See more (93 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Dracula

Barbara Shelley ... Helen

Andrew Keir ... Father Sandor
Francis Matthews ... Charles

Suzan Farmer ... Diana
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Alan (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters ... Ludwig
Philip Latham ... Klove
Walter Brown ... Brother Mark
George Woodbridge ... Landlord
Jack Lambert ... Brother Peter
Philip Ray ... Priest
Joyce Hemson ... Mother
John Maxim ... Coach Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Cushing ... Doctor Van Helsing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Mourner (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) (as John Sansom)

Anthony Hinds (idea) (as John Elder)

Bram Stoker (characters created by)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ross MacKenzie .... production manager (as Ross Mackenzie)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as Cece Cooney)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Lorna Selwyn .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
90 min | Spain:86 min (DVD edition)
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (2005) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM18 | Norway:16 (1972) | Norway:(Banned) (1966 - 1972) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1992) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A jet aircraft trail can be glimpsed in the sky during the climax.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Kent:[as Klove starts to serve dinner] What's your name?
Klove:Klove, sir.
Charles Kent:Well, uh, Kove, isn't your master joining us for dinner?
Klove:No, sir. I'm afraid not.
Charles Kent:Is he indisposed?
Klove:[matter-of-factly] He's dead.
Charles Kent:[hesitates] I'm sorry if we appear a little dense. Perhaps you could explain?
Klove:Explain, sir?
Charles Kent:Yes, you seem to have expected us. Ah, this dinner. our rooms, the carriage... everything.
Klove:You see, sir, my master is dead but instructions were left that the castle should always be ready to receive guests. I am merely carrying out his wishes.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
In some respects as good as the original,all the Hammer clichés at their best, 24 July 2004
Author: DrLenera

Dracula Prince Of Darkness is in many ways as good as the first of the Hammer Draculas. It isn't actually the first sequel they made- that being The Brides Of Dracula- but that did not have Dracula in it, it actually being another adventure for Peter Cushing's Van Helsing, the vampire hunter. This film is hardly a classic, but it's extremely effective in what it sets out to do.

Rather disappointingly, Dracula is not revived {in startlingly gory fashion}until half the film is over, and even after that only puts in brief appearances. Although this has been heavily criticised, in some ways it makes the film more effective ,as you don't always know when he is going to appear. He doesn't even speak ,just hisses. The leisurely first half is nonetheless full of creepy atmosphere, while the second half is pretty much all action. The scene where a writhing Barbara Shelley is held down and staked remains astonishingly effective, and only Dracula's icy demise seems a little unconvincing technically.

Of course the sexual element is hardly worth thinking about- prudish Shelley becomes'eroticised'as a vampire and than has to be killed, and why were the Hammer ladies always far more attractive in their vampiric form? Still, this film shows many of the Hammer elements at their best.

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