22 September 2014

Brides of Dracula (1960)
85 min.
Directed by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Yvonne Monlaur, Martita Hunt, David Peel, Freda Jackson, Andree Melly, Mona Washbourne, Miles Malleson.
Director Terence Fisher hits another home run with the followup to his acclaimed Horror of Dracula (1958).

Lovely Marianne (Monlaur) is on her way to a new job at a girls school when she finds herself stranded in a local village. However, she fortuitously accepts an invitation from a creepy Baroness (Hunt) to spend the night at the nearby Château Meinster.

But the mood there is strange. The Baroness is secretive and keeps her poor son (Peel) literally shackled in a forbidden wing of the castle. Sympathetic Marianne soon rectifies that: she steals the key from the Baroness and frees the hapless young Baron.

Soon, girls across the countryside are inexplicably being found dead...the mark of the vampire cleanly imprinted on their creamy necks. It's up to Dr. Van Helsing (Cushing) to stop the Baron and his new brides from wreaking more havoc!

Superbly acted (Hunt is marvelous) and featuring lush colors and wonderful sets, this standout Hammer horror is not only an excellent addition to the studio's Dracula franchise, but it's a classic all on its own.

Must see viewing.

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