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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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Count Dracula
Barbara Shelley ... Helen Kent
Andrew Keir ... Father Sandor
Francis Matthews ... Charles Kent
Suzan Farmer ... Diana Kent
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Alan Kent (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)
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Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) (as John Sansom)

Anthony Hinds (idea) (as John Elder)

Bram Stoker (characters created by)

Anthony Hinds  story (uncredited)

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
Philip Martell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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:
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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:
Originally shown (in London) in a double billing with The Plague of the Zombies (1966).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Just as Dracula begins his descent into the freezing waters of the castle moat at the end of the film, the long shot clearly reveals the pivots holding up the ice beneath him.See more »
Quotes:
Father Sandor:It's to late Kent get away from there its to late!
Diana Kent:[Dracula rises and attacks Charles] Why don't you shoot him?
Father Sandor:It would do no good my dear.
Father Sandor:[Diana shoots at Dracula misses hits the ice] Running water.
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Hammer's decline starting to show., 15 February 2007
Author: BrentCarleton

Although this film holds a nostalgic pull for this particular viewer, (having seen it in its original stateside release at a Drive-In)an honest assessment today compels us to admit that the film is a study of a studio in decline.

True, the film is not without its assets, not the least of which is the veteran cast, with the lovely and always dramatically compelling Barbara Shelley pretty much walking off with the picture. Suzan Farmer, as always, is charming, and very easy on the eyes.

However, Bernard Robinson's art direction, (though adequate) doesn't begin to approach his earlier work, (particulary in "Brides of Dracula," "The Man Who Could Cheat Death," and "The Kiss of the Vampire"--and Robinson's genius is of a type that the work 'adequate' sits uncomfortably upon). Curiously, Mr. Robinson was back at the top of his game months later when he designed the plushy, "Plague of the Zombies."

The cinematography is compromised by grainy film stock, poor color, (as noted by film historian Leslie Halliwell), often rushed lighting, and a cumbersome and unnecessary use of wide screen. Terence Fisher filmographer, Wheeler Dixon, has noted the deficiencies in Michael Reeds's lensing on this project. In any case Mr. Reed nowhere equals the beautiful compositions he had managed on "The Gorgon," all of which makes the absence of Jack Asher particularly evident.

That the aforesaid technical credentials are lacking bears ample testament to the studio's drastic mid 60's cost cutting strategies, and the artistically regrettable, but imminent move away from Bray studios.

Moreover, the commercial objectives are baldly evinced here--the film screams "Formula."

Despite these shortcomings, and since this film was one of the last shot at Bray, it does bear compensatory traces of former glories. Thus we fully appreciate the hapless quartet's posthumous toast to Count Dracula, whilst the armorial flags above them billow in a ghostly breeze and the underscoring throbs unnervingly.

And Miss Shelley, as a vampiress, descending the staircase in a diaphanous gown goes a far way on the asset side of the ledger.

Mr. Lee for his part, does his usual hissing and cape waving. Too much is made of his lack of dialogue here. After all he has only a few lines at the beginning of "Horror of Dracula," and a few lines in this film's successor, "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave." So why on earth people feel the absence of such scanty phrases damages this film, who can say?

This picture would have been far better had it been done five years earlier. That said, it is a masterpiece compared to the dreck the eviscerated Hammer would be foisting on the public just five years later.

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