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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Cast: Christopher Lee, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, more...
Director: Terence Fisher, Terence Fisher
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Cult, Foreign, Horror, Vampires, Studios, Hammer, UK
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Christopher Lee dons the evil Count's cloak once again after an 8-year hiatus for this first "authentic" sequel to Hammer Studios' Horror of Dracula (the literal 1960 follow-up Brides of Dracula did not feature Lee). The story begins when two stuffy vacationing couples make an ill-fated stopover at Castle Karlsbad in the Carpathian mountains -- despite the warnings of the mysterious Fr. Sandor (Andrew Keir) and the near-destruction of their coach when the terrified driver runs for his life. After a slightly tedious stretch, one of the men (Charles Tingwell) is sacrificed in a bloody Satanic ritual, orchestrated by the Count's loyal manservant Klove (Philip Latham) to bring the legendary vampire back to life. The revived Count immediately sets his sights on the man's wife (Barbara Shelley), making her his undead bride; the surviving pair seek refuge in Fr. Sandor's abbey, with the undead bloodsuckers in hot pursuit. This stylish and chilling production is imbued with Gothic atmosphere by director Terence Fisher (one of his last films for the studio) and remains one of the classier entries from Hammer's heyday. Also known as Revenge of Dracula. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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One of the most satisfying movies in the Hammer series. by AMacEwen5 October 13, 2012 - 11:33 AM PDT
Holy crap: ignore the yappings of know-nothings weaned on Fright Night remakes and True Blood. In Dracula, Prince of Darkness, Jimmy Sangster's synthesis of Stoker's original materials with Hammer's own innovations creates one of the most satisfying storylines in the Hammer series. With the great Terence Fisher at the helm, the result is a film surpassed only by the original and Taste the Blood of Dracula. If you miss this one you can't call yourself a vampire fan.

wow tedium ad nauseum by rarcher August 12, 2004 - 12:10 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
holy crap, dracula doesn't even show up til almost an hour through the movie - the rest of the time we have a bunch of people standing around talking about how scared they are - booooring

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