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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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Bloodthirsty Vampire Lives Again! See more »

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12 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Disciple of Dracula  »

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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

In the scene where Dracula finally wakes up (his "resurrection" in his coffin), to the crash of thunder and a flash of lightning, he originally took, as probably anyone would, a full FOUR frames (one sixth of a second) to completely open his eyes. In the final cutting stages, an assistant editor had the idea of removing those four frames - effectively a "jump cut" - to have Dracula's eyes open in an even more shocking ONE frame. However, the editor, Chris Barnes, had already finalized the edit for that reel - so the clever cut was never incorporated! See more »

Goofs

When the carriage pulls away from the woodcutter's shed, the passengers' luggage has been loaded to an exterior luggage rack in the rear. It is missing in all subsequent wide shots and also when the carriage arrives at the castle. See more »

Quotes

Alan Kent: You forget about all of this in the morning, you'll see.
Helen Kent: There'll be no morning for us.
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Featured in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

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"One of the best Dracula films in the Hammer series"
27 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Four English tourists arrive in the Carpathians for a climbing holiday. Despite warnings from the superstitious locals they spend the night at Castle Dracula, where Dracula's sinister manservant uses the blood of one of them as a life force to resurrect his long dead master...

Dracula Prince Of Darkness was the official sequel to Hammer's Dracula (1958). Hammer had made two follow-ups to their box-office hit with The Brides Of Dracula (1960) and Kiss Of The Vampire (1964), but neither featured Christopher Lee. Some say that Lee refused to repeat his role through fear of becoming typecast, while others say that Hammer dropped him because he wasn't a big enough star. He got billed fourth in the first film. Whatever the reason, Lee finally returned to his original role after seven years and Dracula Prince Of Darkness made it into the top twenty moneyspinners of 1966. You will notice in this film that Christopher Lee has no lines, he has always maintained that the lines he was given were so bad that he wouldn't speak them. On the other hand screenwriter Jimmy Sangster (who penned the screenplay under the pseudonym John Samson) swears that he didn't write any.

Dracula Prince Of Darkness stands as one of the best sequels to Hammer's 1958 film, which is regarded by many as a classic. While Christopher Lee has no dialog, he still manages to create a feeling of lurking evil which lasts long after the movie's over. Whereas in later films he was little more than a supporting character with very little to do. The supporting cast which includes Francis Matthews and Barbara Shelley is excellent and Thorley Walters does a fine job of portraying the fly-eating Renfield, an original character from Bram Stoker's novel who is renamed here as Ludwig.


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