For those familiar with the original Dracula thriller, the screenplay has ably preserved the sanguinary aspects of the Bram Stoker novel. Here again we have Count Dracula sleeping in a coffin by day and plying his nefarious role of a blood-sucking vampire at night. Version has its usual quota of victims before his reign of terror is ended by a fearless doctor.

For those familiar with the original Dracula thriller, the screenplay has ably preserved the sanguinary aspects of the Bram Stoker novel. Here again we have Count Dracula sleeping in a coffin by day and plying his nefarious role of a blood-sucking vampire at night. Version has its usual quota of victims before his reign of terror is ended by a fearless doctor.

Both director Terence Fisher as well as the cast have taken a serious approach to the macabre theme that adds up to lotsa tension and suspense. Peter Cushing is impressive as the painstaking scientist-doctor who solves the mystery. Christopher Lee is thoroughly gruesome as Dracula, and Michael Gough is suitably skeptical as a bereaved relative who ultimately is persuaded to assist Cushing.

Dracula

UK

Production

Hammer. Director Terence Fisher; Producer Anthony Hinds; Screenplay Jimmy Sangster; Camera Jack Asher; Editor James Needs, Bill Lenny; Music James Bernard; Art Director Bernard Robinson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1958. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Melissa Stribling
Michael Gough
Carol Marsh
Miles Malleson
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