Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Tag: Movie

Title: Dracula: Prince of Darkness
AKA: Dracula: Prince of Darkness
Year: 1966
Character: Dracula
Director: Terence Fisher
Cameraman: Michael Reed
Screenplay: Jimmy Sangster, Anthony Hinds, Bram Stoker, Anthony Hinds
Runtime: 90
Country: UK
Genre: Horror
Studio: Seven Arts Productions, Hammer Film Productions
Classification:
Notes:

Language: English
Audio: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Colour: Color (Technicolor)
Tagline: The Greatest All New Fright Show In Town!
Bloodthirsty Vampire Lives Again!
FIGHT BACK! DEFEND YOURSELF!

 

Plot:

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.

Cast:

Christopher Lee as Dracula
Barbara Shelley as Helen
Andrew Keir as Father Sandor
Francis Matthews as Charles
Suzan Farmer as Diana
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell as Alan (as Charles Tingwell)
Thorley Walters as Ludwig
Philip Latham as Klove
Walter Brown as Brother Mark
George Woodbridge as Landlord
Jack Lambert as Brother Peter
Philip Ray as Priest
Joyce Hemson as Mother
John Maxim as Coach Driver rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing (archive footage) (uncredited)

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