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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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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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User Reviews:
"One of the best Dracula films in the Hammer series" See more (83 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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
90 min | Spain:86 min (DVD edition)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Germany:16 (DVD release) | 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) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating)

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Trivia:
Christopher Lee's stunt double Eddie Powell became trapped underwater during the drowning scene and nearly actually drowned.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Father Sandor:[after stopping a mob, led by a local priest, from driving a stake into the body of a girl who has died of natural causes. He orders the body be brought to a churchyard] I will bury her. Now do as I say.
[nobody moves to carry out his instructions]
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, Father. Worse than that: you're a superstitious, frightened idiot.
Priest:We...
[...]
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"One of the best Dracula films in the Hammer series", 27 August 2003
Author: jamesraeburn2003 from Poole, Dorset

Four English tourists arrive in the Carpathians for a climbing holiday. Despite warnings from the superstitious locals they spend the night at Castle Dracula, where Dracula's sinister manservant uses the blood of one of them as a life force to resurrect his long dead master...

Dracula Prince Of Darkness was the official sequel to Hammer's Dracula (1958). Hammer had made two follow-ups to their box-office hit with The Brides Of Dracula (1960) and Kiss Of The Vampire (1964), but neither featured Christopher Lee. Some say that Lee refused to repeat his role through fear of becoming typecast, while others say that Hammer dropped him because he wasn't a big enough star. He got billed fourth in the first film. Whatever the reason, Lee finally returned to his original role after seven years and Dracula Prince Of Darkness made it into the top twenty moneyspinners of 1966. You will notice in this film that Christopher Lee has no lines, he has always maintained that the lines he was given were so bad that he wouldn't speak them. On the other hand screenwriter Jimmy Sangster (who penned the screenplay under the pseudonym John Samson) swears that he didn't write any.

Dracula Prince Of Darkness stands as one of the best sequels to Hammer's 1958 film, which is regarded by many as a classic. While Christopher Lee has no dialog, he still manages to create a feeling of lurking evil which lasts long after the movie's over. Whereas in later films he was little more than a supporting character with very little to do. The supporting cast which includes Francis Matthews and Barbara Shelley is excellent and Thorley Walters does a fine job of portraying the fly-eating Renfield, an original character from Bram Stoker's novel who is renamed here as Ludwig.

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