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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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A River Runs Through Him See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Dracula

Barbara Shelley ... Helen

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

Suzan Farmer ... Diana Kent
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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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)

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Trivia:
In the scene where Dracula is being "resurrected" from a coffin into which his ashes have been spread, from blood dripping down from a poor victim (provided by Klove) Dracula is made to "manifest himself" over a period of about a minute. This was achieved by overlapping "dissolves" of a series of twelve locked-down camera shots, involving first the ashes, then a skeleton, then some body-fat on the skeleton, etc., along with swirling mist, till we finally perceive the full form of Dracula. He doesn't appear fully dressed as is usually the case - the shot moves to outside the coffin and a bare arm reaches out. The vampire's clothes were seen in earlier scenes awaiting his return.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the beginning of the film, the dead girl being carried in the funeral procession is breathing heavily.See more »
Quotes:
Father Sandor:It's too late, Kent! Get away from there, its too late!
Diana Kent:[Dracula appears 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 and hits the ice, giving Sandor an idea] Running water.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A River Runs Through Him, 11 July 2000

Hammer brought Christopher Lee back after an eight year absence to play Count Dracula once more in this film, also directed by Horror of Dracula director Terrence Fisher. Fisher does a fine job creating tension as two English couples pay no heed to a priest's advice and go to Carlsbad AND to the unmarked castle in the forest. There a servant of the evil count kills one of the men(admirably played by Charles Tingwell) and uses his blood to ressurect his master. From there on, Lee creates havoc among the house guests. The typical Hammer touches are all here: bright colours, beautiful scenes and sets, great music by James Bernard, and a fine, talented acting group. Lee is very menacing as the count, yet the real star of the film for me is Andrew Keir as an outspoken Van Helsing-like priest. The Hammer girls are as always very easy on the eyes. Barbara Shelley makes a beautiful vampire. Though the script comes up a bit short to make this one of Hammer's best vampire films, all the rest certainly make it very entertaining.

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