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


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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Anthony Hinds (idea)
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12 January 1966 (USA) See more »
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Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Enjoyable albeit shallow revisit to Transylvania. See more (91 total) »


  (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)
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
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min | Spain:86 min (DVD edition)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (2005) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | 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)

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Christopher Lee's stunt double Eddie Powell became trapped underwater during the drowning scene and nearly actually drowned.See more »
Anachronisms: A jet aircraft trail can be glimpsed in the sky during the climax.See more »
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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable albeit shallow revisit to Transylvania., 23 May 2003
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

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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