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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.

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 ... 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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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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Trivia

In the U.S., this movie was released on a double bill with The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958). See more »

Goofs

When Dr Van Helsing examines Lucy, both she and Mina refer to him as merely Dr Helsing. 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

The film was cut for its original cinema release by the BBFC in 1958 to remove shots of blood during Lucy's staking and to reduce the final disintegration of Dracula. For later UK video and DVD releases the U.S print (titled "Horror Of Dracula") was used as this restored the staking scene in full, although the climactic disintegration remained edited (and may no longer survive). In May 2007 a new BFI 'restored' print was premiered in Cannes which includes the staking and restores the original title of "Dracula" to the opening titles. See more »

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User Reviews

A Cross You Need To Bear!
9 August 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

An outstanding film on all accounts! This is far and away a better vampire(Dracula) film then the Universal film because of its action and pace, its acting, and its rich musical score and lush cinematography. Now I like the old Universal film a lot, but this one just seems to have so much more blood coursing through its veins, so to speak. The story is a variation on the novel, and the Universal film is actually much more faithful, but Horror of Dracula compensates by having the core of the film centered around two polarized opposing forces of good and evil. Christopher Lee is excellent as Dracula, bringing to the character a genuine menace and some sophistication mixed with brutality(lacking from Lugosi's performance). The real star, however, at least for me is the venerable Peter Cushing in the role of Professor Van Helsing. Cushing's character is a man single of purpose in his quest to rid the world of Dracula. Cushing brings a great deal of charm, grace, and incredible professionalism to his role. Other performers are quite good. Michael Gough is very good in his role, and Miles Malleson is very humorous in his minute role of an undertaker. Director Terrence Fisher deserves most of the credit for the success of this film and the way vampires were to be treated afterward in film. Fisher directs with precision and creates a rich tapestry of vibrant colors and wonderful sets with his discerning eye for detail. This film's importance cannot be overlooked as it revolutionized a whole sub-genre of horror...and brought us two wonderful actors....Lee and Cushing...together in two of their greatest roles. That is enough for me!


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