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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Unrated | | Horror | 12 January 1966 (USA)
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Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dracula
... Helen Kent
... Father Sandor
... Charles Kent
... Diana Kent
... Alan Kent (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters ... Ludwig
... Klove
Walter Brown ... Brother Mark
... Landlord
Jack Lambert ... Brother Peter
... Priest
Joyce Hemson ... Mother
John Maxim ... Coach Driver
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Two couples traveling in eastern Europe decide to visit Karlsbad despite dire local warnings. Left outside the village by a coachman terrified at the approach of night, they find themselves in the local castle and are surprised at the hospitality extended by the sinister Klove. It turns out the owner, Count Dracula, dead for ten years, has been hoping for such a visit. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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12 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Budget:

£100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$795,562
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lee's stunt double Eddie Powell became trapped underwater during the drowning scene and nearly actually drowned. See more »

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The hair styles of Helen and Diana are fashions of the 1960s, not of the late 19th century. See more »

Quotes

Charles Kent: Guess who?
Diana Kent: Horace Peabody.
Charles Kent: Right first try.
Diana Kent: Did you enjoy your port, cigars and man's talk?
Charles Kent: No, not very much, but then, you know, it takes female company for me to sh... who's Horace Peabody?
Diana Kent: An old beau of mine. Before your time, darling.
Charles Kent: There was no before my time. You were a schoolgirl in pigtails.
Diana Kent: Even schoolgirls have their moments.
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Enjoyable albeit shallow revisit to Transylvania.
23 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Dracula (Christopher Lee) rides again in yet another Hammer entry in the Dracula franchise. This film is enjoyable horror hokum, but it has an awfully shallow story, fleshed out with a slow opening stretch and some amusing vampire lore in between the sporadic vampire attacks.

Four British travellers are journeying through the Carpathian Alps in the 1800s. They are repeatedly cautioned to steer clear of Carlsbad Castle but, being typically stuffy and stubborn, they end up going there anyway. The castle is deserted apart from a rather zombified manservant. During the night, one of the travellers is slain by the manservant, and his blood is used to resurrect the long-dead Count Dracula. Time for another bout of blood-sucking mayhem....

Christopher Lee has a small role this time around, but gets across a good performance due to his commanding presence in the title role. Andrew Keir is also good as a priest-cum-vampire-slayer, though he has to overcome some dumb dialogue. The slow build-up is rather damaging, as it generates more tedium than chills. The opportunities for real terror are somewhat fudged too, since most would-be "shock" moments are telegraphed too far in advance. However, Hammer buffs and vampire addicts will doubtless feel more than satisfied.


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