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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.

Director:

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 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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In the privacy of a girls' school he sought his prey... turning innocent beauty into a thing of unspeakable horror! See more »

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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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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film underwent rewriting by others including director Terence Fisher who made changes to the script on the set just prior to shooting scenes. See more »

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It is ridiculous to believe that Baron Meinster can be held prisoner by a simple chain attached to his ankle. Being a vampire, he has super human strength, and could easily break the chain off his leg. Secondly, he could simply change himself into a bat and slip out of the chain. See more »

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Narrator: Transylvania, land of dark forests, dread mountains and black, unfathomed lakes. Still the home of magic and devilry as the nineteenth century draws to it's close. Count Dracula, monarch of all vampires, is dead, but his disciples live on, to spread the cult and corrupt the world.
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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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Easily one of the best Hammer Dracula films
1 October 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

The film begins by a narrator telling us Dracula is dead..but his disciples live on to spread vampirism. It's all about a beautiful woman named Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur) going to a woman's academy to teach French. It gets complicated but she ends up spending the night in castle Meinster. She also meets young, handsome Baron Meinster (David Peel) who's chained up in the castle by his mother...because he is a vampire. She doesn't know this and lets him loose. It's a good thing Dr. van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is around!

OK--this isn't perfect. Some of the plotting is clumsy (i.e.--why didn't the Baron just turn into a bat and fly out of his chains?), Manlaur is a TERRIBLE actress and the fake bats are pretty laughable (I saw the strings at one point!). Still this is just great. It moves quickly and has some great performances by Cushing (of course), Feda Jackson (as Greta--tearing the scenery) and a GREAT performance by Peel. He's sexy, handsome and scary as hell as the vampire. Hard to believe he was FORTY when he did this! Also I'm lucky enough to have a copy of the pristine print they released on laser disc and VHS in the early 1990s. The color is incredible and the picture and sound are crystal clear.

I'm giving it an 8--I WANT to give it a 10 but Monlaur and some clumsy plotting (what happens to the two female vampires at the end?) really work against it. Still--a must-see!


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