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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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User Reviews:
Hammer Fans Unite! See more (91 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:K-18 (2005) (self applied) | 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:
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:
Helen Kent:[after Klove leaves to get their dinner] Please, let's leave here.
Charles Kent:Oh dinner sounds like a splendid idea.
Diana Kent:I agree!
Helen Kent:Diana! You can't!
Diana Kent:Oh, why not? Ten minutes ago we were stranded in the cold, miles away from anywhere. Now we're warm. We're going to be fed. And if that man's master is anything like I think he's going to be, we're going to be entertained as well.
Charles Kent:Yes, Diana's right. Let's sit down.
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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Hammer Fans Unite!, 6 November 2003
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

There is a cult in this world that are die-hard fans of Hammer films and "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" is another one to whet your appetite. Hammer Studios made their reputation in the horror film genre and all the films have a cetain look that is their trademark. The sets are rather lavish, it always seems to be winter and Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing are lurking around somewhere.

This film, missing Mr. Cushing, is probably one of the best of the "series". The charismatic Mr. Lee, however, does not utter a word and has fairly limited screen time which may dismay some fans. But he is still menacing and still biting necks with abandon. The story centers more around the 4 travelers and the priest (very well played by Andrew Keir). As usual, the innocents in the film stay at a castle which they have been warned to avoid by half the population of Transylvania. And then they pay the price. One scene worth mentioning, which is a little more gory than most in films of the 1960's is the discovery of Charles Tingwell, hanging upside down like a side of beef in the basement. You might jump at little at that point. But generally the film pretty much sticks to the Hammer formula.

So, if you are a Hammer fan, this one's for you. If you are not a Hammer fan, don't think for a moment that the story resembles Bram Stokers "Dracula"........well, maybe the fly eating Thorley Walters, modeled on the Renfield character from the book. Howevwer, it is a satisfying entry in the Hammer oeuvre and worth a watch.

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