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Horror of Dracula (1958)

Dracula (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 16 June 1958 (UK)
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Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bram Stoker (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Doctor Van Helsing
Christopher Lee ... Dracula / Count Dracula
Michael Gough ... Arthur Holmwood
Melissa Stribling ... Mina Holmwood
Carol Marsh Carol Marsh ... Lucy Holmwood
Olga Dickie ... Gerda
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Jonathan
Valerie Gaunt Valerie Gaunt ... Vampire Woman
Janina Faye ... Tania (as Janine Faye)
Barbara Archer Barbara Archer ... Inga
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Doctor Seward
George Merritt ... Policeman
George Woodbridge ... Landlord
George Benson George Benson ... Official
Miles Malleson ... Marx - Undertaker
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Storyline

After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The chill of the tomb won't leave your blood for hours... after you come face-to-face with DRACULA! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula 1958 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£81,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the first time that Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are top-billed in any theatrical film. Tthe last would be The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973). See more »

Goofs

The vampire woman who attacks Harker is wearing 20th century high-heeled shoes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jonathan Harker: [narrating his diary] The Diary of Jonathan Harker... Third of May, 1885. At last, my long journey is drawing to its close. What the eventual end will be, I cannot foresee. But whatever may happen, I can rest secure that I will have done all in my power to achieve success.
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Alternate Versions

It has long been rumored among fans that the Japanese cut of the film contained a number of extended scenes, among them a shot of Dracula tearing his face off during the disintegration climax. Thanks to the efforts of a fan based in Japan, Hammer Films finally acquired the surviving footage from the extended cut in 2011 for inclusion in a forthcoming "definitive" restoration. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Is This The Best Dracula Film? Maybe!
14 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of horror films but I was very impressed with this one, titled "Horror Of Dracula." (For some reason, it's just called "Dracula" here on the IMDb site.

This is a solid re-telling of the Dracula story with some legitimate thrills provided to the viewer along with pretty photography and sets and a tasteful lack of blood.

I'm curious how this looks and sounds on DVD. Story-wise, they might have embellished some of the action scenes and made Dracula a little more powerful. (I can't see him feeling a regular human being which he did here in the end.) Other than that, it's a well-done movie with no exaggerated characters, nice colors, no problem understanding accents....one of the better Dracula films ever made, just maybe the best. It's that good!

It also features two of the best classic 'horror" actors of all-time: Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Highly recommended, particularly for people who might be hesitant to watch a "Dracula" film. I'll think you'll like this version.


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