Sunday, May 24, 2009
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) aka Dracula 3 aka Disciple Of Dracula aka Revenge Of Dracula aka The Bloody Screams Of Dracula
Tagline: The Greatest All New Fright Show In Town!
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Written by: Anthony Hinds, Jimmy Sangster
Actors include: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Norway, Finland
Considering I hear many people love this film I found it quite disappointing and definitely not up to snuff of the others that preceded it. Heck Christopher Lee was so unhappy with the dialog for the movie that he refused to speak which is why he plays the role of Dracula silently! I must admit it worked out better in the end because him as a non-speaking vampire was actually a little creepy and sneaky. My real issue was the predictability and reusing of the story. I've seen this idea so many times before that it's hard to be impressed with the exact same scenario again, plus the characters (minus Lee) weren't all that interesting. The story is about two couples who are traveling (against the advice of everyone) into a the area of Dracula. A mysteriously empty stage coach shows up and guides them there, and of course they are greeted with much hospitality. The dead owner has something else in mind for the guests, but it's really not all that thrilling nor is it bloody nor is it very well written. It still had some things going for it and it was easy enough to sit through, I just wish it had a little more personality really!
Availability: On DVD (but OOP)