29 July 2014

Dracula (1958)
81 min.
Directed by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, John Van Eyssen, Valerie Gaunt, Miles Malleson.
Hammer Film's second homerun after their smash hit Curse of Frankenstein in 1957.

Iconic terror legend Christopher Lee reigns supreme here as the infamous bloodsucking Count Dracula in this classic retelling of the Bram Stoker novel published in 1897.

It's also one of the best Lee-Cushing teamings (both of the stars bring a vital new freshness to the Dracula-Van Helsing dynamic), this one benefits from an awesome pace, chilling acting and gorgeous color photography.

Fisher is not only a director but an artisan, and the result is a carefully calculated portrait of horror & suspense, painted with a loving palette of vibrant colors.

The superior script - by Hammer scribe Jimmy Sangster - is authoritative, tight, and faithful to Stoker's original concept.

By far, this 1958 outing is one of the strongest Dracula versions yet, so sink your teeth into this one.

Also known as Horror of Dracula.

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