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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.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) (as John Sansom), Anthony Hinds (idea) (as John Elder) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Dracula
Barbara Shelley ... Helen Kent
Andrew Keir ... Father Sandor
Francis Matthews ... Charles Kent
Suzan Farmer ... Diana Kent
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Alan Kent (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters Thorley Walters ... Ludwig
Philip Latham ... Klove
Walter Brown Walter Brown ... Brother Mark
George Woodbridge ... Landlord
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Brother Peter
Philip Ray ... Priest
Joyce Hemson Joyce Hemson ... Mother
John Maxim John Maxim ... Coach Driver
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Storyline

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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Bloodthirsty Vampire Lives Again! See more »

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disciple of Dracula See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$795,562
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview conducted several years after this movie was made, Francis Matthews (Charles Kent) bemoaned the fact that he wasn't allowed to exhibit a far greater emotional outburst when he declared that he would destroy Dracula. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charles Kent: [as Klove starts to serve dinner] What's your name?
Klove: Klove, sir.
Charles Kent: Well, uh, Kove, isn't your master joining us for dinner?
Klove: No, sir. I'm afraid not.
Charles Kent: Is he indisposed?
Klove: [matter-of-factly] He's dead.
Charles Kent: [hesitates] I'm sorry if we appear a little dense. Perhaps you could explain?
Klove: Explain, sir?
Charles Kent: Yes, you seem to have expected us. Ah, this dinner. our rooms, the carriage... everything.
Klove: You see, sir, my master is dead but instructions were left that the castle should always be ready to receive guests. I am ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with edits to blood flows during the resurrection scene, a closeup shot of Helen's staking, and a shortening of the seduction scene where Dracula pulls a hypnotized Diana towards his chest wound. Video releases featured the cut cinema print though all widescreen DVD releases feature the fully uncut version. See more »

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In some respects as good as the original,all the Hammer clichés at their best
24 July 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Dracula Prince Of Darkness is in many ways as good as the first of the Hammer Draculas. It isn't actually the first sequel they made- that being The Brides Of Dracula- but that did not have Dracula in it, it actually being another adventure for Peter Cushing's Van Helsing, the vampire hunter. This film is hardly a classic, but it's extremely effective in what it sets out to do.

Rather disappointingly, Dracula is not revived {in startlingly gory fashion}until half the film is over, and even after that only puts in brief appearances. Although this has been heavily criticised, in some ways it makes the film more effective ,as you don't always know when he is going to appear. He doesn't even speak ,just hisses. The leisurely first half is nonetheless full of creepy atmosphere, while the second half is pretty much all action. The scene where a writhing Barbara Shelley is held down and staked remains astonishingly effective, and only Dracula's icy demise seems a little unconvincing technically.

Of course the sexual element is hardly worth thinking about- prudish Shelley becomes'eroticised'as a vampire and than has to be killed, and why were the Hammer ladies always far more attractive in their vampiric form? Still, this film shows many of the Hammer elements at their best.


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