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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 ... 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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FIGHT BACK! DEFEND YOURSELF! See more »

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Horror

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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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Budget:

GBP100,000 (estimated)
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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

At the beginning of the film, the dead girl being carried in the funeral procession is breathing heavily. 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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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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Hammer Fans Unite!
6 November 2003 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

There is a cult in this world that are die-hard fans of Hammer films and "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" is another one to whet your appetite. Hammer Studios made their reputation in the horror film genre and all the films have a cetain look that is their trademark. The sets are rather lavish, it always seems to be winter and Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing are lurking around somewhere.

This film, missing Mr. Cushing, is probably one of the best of the "series". The charismatic Mr. Lee, however, does not utter a word and has fairly limited screen time which may dismay some fans. But he is still menacing and still biting necks with abandon. The story centers more around the 4 travelers and the priest (very well played by Andrew Keir). As usual, the innocents in the film stay at a castle which they have been warned to avoid by half the population of Transylvania. And then they pay the price. One scene worth mentioning, which is a little more gory than most in films of the 1960's is the discovery of Charles Tingwell, hanging upside down like a side of beef in the basement. You might jump at little at that point. But generally the film pretty much sticks to the Hammer formula.

So, if you are a Hammer fan, this one's for you. If you are not a Hammer fan, don't think for a moment that the story resembles Bram Stokers "Dracula"........well, maybe the fly eating Thorley Walters, modeled on the Renfield character from the book. Howevwer, it is a satisfying entry in the Hammer oeuvre and worth a watch.


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