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The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Unrated | | Horror | 5 September 1960 (USA)
Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.

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Complete credited cast:
... Doctor Van Helsing
... Baroness Meinster
... Marianne Danielle
... Greta
... Baron Meinster
... Dr. Tobler
... Herr Lang
... Frau Lang
... Gina
Victor Brooks ... Hans
Fred Johnson ... Cure
... Coachman
Norman Pierce ... Landlord
Vera Cook ... Landlord's Wife
Marie Devereux ... Village Girl (as Marie Deveruex)
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A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily for some, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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He Turned Innocent Beauty Into Unspeakable Horror. See more »

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Las novias de Drácula  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

The ending was to have originally had the vampires destroyed by a swarm of bats. This ending proved too expensive to stage and shoot. The concept of this ending was recycled three years later for the climax of Hammer's The Kiss of the Vampire (1963). See more »

Goofs

When the coachman pulls the log out of the road, the thin end of it wobbles (revealing it to be a rubber mock-up). See more »

Quotes

Marianne Danielle: [gasping in disbelief] Then that poor prisoner, in the tower. He is your son?
Baroness Meinster: He was my son. Now he is only... a beast of the night.
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Followed by The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) See more »

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One of Hammer's Best!
27 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Dracula is dead, and one of his disciples carries on his wicked ways in Eastern Europe. This time around it is the young Baron Meinster(played with credibility by David Peel). A young woman is invited to the Castle Meinster and unleashes the Baron from his shackles to allow him to slake his thirst through the living. This film lacks the star power of Christopher Lee in Hammer's second vampire outing, yet does not suffer greatly due to the wonderful performance of Peter Cushing reprising his role as Dr. Van Helsing and the incredible direction of Terrence Fisher. Fisher's ability to tell a story through film is not to be overlooked, nor is his use of subtle and bright colours to create wonderfully atmospheric sets and scenic centerpieces. Some of the scenes in this film are some of the best to ever come by way of Hammer, including the scene where a servant taps on a buried coffin to show a fledgling vampire the way, the incident with Van Helsing and his wound, and the windmill finale. The cast is very good with particular honors going to Cushing, Martita Hunt as the vampire's sympathetic mother, and Freda Jackson as the demented, crazed servant-nurse. Cushing is as ever implacable from his crusade to save the world from vampirism. Just a wonderful tale!


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