Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Horror Of Dracula (1958) aka Dracula 1958 aka Dracula

5 / 5
Tagline: Don't Dare See It...Alone!
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Written by: Bram Stoker, Jimmy Sangster
Actors include: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough
Genre: Horror
Length: 82 minutes
Banned: West Germany, Finland, Sweden
Country: UK

This is the best Hammer picture I've seen yet, an excellent take on the original Dracula story. As many similarities as the two have, this one just manages to give a different sort of perspective but rest assured it's a fabulous one. We meet a young librarian who goes to work for count Dracula but immediately he's greeted by a young lady who wishes for his help to leave since she's being held against her will. The creepy Dracula (played wonderfully by Christopher Lee) although entirely polite seems to be a bit much to deal with and of course Van Helsing (also wonderfully acted this time by Peter Cushing) has to step in to try and help the situation. All the stereotypical vampire rules apply and are used in a lovely colorful and gripping way. This isn't short on drama, blood, or rich storytelling, someone who is all about action may be a little frustrated but it's hard to believe that anyone would really dislike this. So far this is the second best Dracula movie I've seen (Lugosi's original is still my favorite) but it's a must see especially for Hammer fans!

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