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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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Terence Fisher

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Peter Bryan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Cushing ... Doctor Van Helsing
Martita Hunt ... Baroness Meinster
Yvonne Monlaur ... Marianne Danielle
Freda Jackson ... Greta
David Peel ... Baron Meinster
Miles Malleson ... Dr. Tobler
Henry Oscar ... Herr Lang
Mona Washbourne ... Frau Lang
Andree Melly ... Gina
Victor Brooks Victor Brooks ... Hans
Fred Johnson ... Cure
Michael Ripper ... Coachman
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Landlord
Vera Cook Vera Cook ... Landlord's Wife
Marie Devereux Marie Devereux ... Village Girl (as Marie Deveruex)
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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Taglines:

A school for girls falls prey to his fiendish desires! See more »

Genres:

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Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Hammer Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las novias de Drácula See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$337,833
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Van Helsing's bag bears the initials "JVH"; his first name is never mentioned, but in the novel Dracula, Van Helsing's first name is Abraham. See more »

Goofs

In a closeup of the Baron in the mill, the contact lenses that change his eye color are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Baroness Meinster: Who is it that is not afraid?
Dr. J. Van Helsing: Only God has no fear.
Baroness Meinster: Why have you come here?
Dr. J. Van Helsing: To find your son.
Baroness Meinster: Then you know who I am?
Dr. J. Van Helsing: I know who you were.
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Alternate Versions

In 2004 Universal made new prints and restored a brief shot of gore from Baroness Meinster's staking cut from previous cinema releases. This uncut version was released on DVD in 2007. See more »

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It's A Pretty Good Film
11 December 2014 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

This movie starts out really good... enter Van Helsing and it stays a good movie for awhile then somewhat goes down hill. The ending was OK - I liked the idea of the windmill - in fact that is very creepy! To me the movie hits a lull around 50 min to an hour into the film but does pick back up in the end.

David Peel was pretty good as Baron Meinster but just not very convincing as a vampire IMO. Martita Hunt is ideal for the role of Baroness Meinster - she is quite good in this movie. Yvonne Monlaur was very pleasing to watch as Marianne. And Peter Cushing is, once again, smashing as Doctor Van Helsing.

Just some random thoughts on the title of the film because the title is a bit disappointing - yes The Brides of Dracula does fit it to a degree because as they basically said in the beginning narration that Dracula is dead but his brood is still around but maybe a title like "Meinster Manor", "Castle Meinster" or even "The Baron" would have fit the film better. But I guess they needed "Dracula" in the title to help tie in Dr. Van Helsing's part. Hummm... why does a film that surrounds Dracula have to have his name in the title? Personally I would have liked to see this title reserved for Dracula's 3 brides.

Anyway, I would have rated the film higher except for the fact there was a bit of a 30 minute lull.

6.5/10


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