16 September 2014

Horror of 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 Films' second homerun horror hit after the blockbuster success of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957).

Jonathan Harker (Van Eyssen) gains access to the castle of the notorious Count Dracula (Lee) in hopes of putting an end to the bloodsucker's nefarious ways.

But Drac turns the poor guy into a vampire, and then adding insult to injury, sets his sights on Harker's girlfriend Lucy (Marsh). It's up to vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Cushing) to protect Lucy and stop the madness!

Christopher Lee reigns supreme as the infamous Count in this classic telling of Bram Stoker's original novel via a superb Jimmy Sangster script.

One of the best Lee-Cushing teamings, this boasts breakneck pacing, chilling chemistry and great suspense.

It's also one of the strongest Dracula films yet, thanks in no small part to Terence Fisher's surehanded direction and pleasing set design. Sink your teeth into this one.

Wonderful production design from Bernard Robinson.

Also known simply as Dracula.

Lee would return as the infamous Count for Hammer's Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966).

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