Dracula

Horror of Dracula

1958

Terence Fisher
Director
Hammer Films
Production Company

Hammer Studios in England naturally followed up the success of their Curse of Frankenstein movie with a bloody Technicolor foray into the world of Dracula. In some ways this now seems more dated than its forebears. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee make tremendous adversaries and set the tone for the increasingly bloodier and sexier series.

-The Sloth

One of the most important films of the Fifties, and certainly the vampire film to be reckoned with; not as creaky as the 1931 version, not as overproduced as Coppola's 1992 version. All other vampire movies that followed are merely tonal variations on the melody this film created. This, along with Curse of Frankenstein, put Hammer on the map, firmly in charge of the various creatures that populated the horror genre for the next decade and a half, until the zombie hordes of the late Sixties turned the tide. Not bad for a film that takes so many liberties with the source material.

The teaming of Cushing and Lee is of course the motive power, but not to be overlooked is Carol Marsh, the prim Victorian lady eagerly waiting each night for her undead rapist. Her performance is the lustful heart of the film.

Note: Mills & Morgan can briefly be seen in the opening scene of the coach approaching Dracula's castle, but whatever actual scenes they were in (presumably including the killing of the coach driver) were cut.

-Dave W.


Horror of Dracula
8th May 1958
Cinema

Not Rated

82 mins
1.66:1


22nd May 1958
Cinema





Dracula
16th June 1958
Cinema



82 mins
1.66:1


1st October 2002
DVD

Unrated

82 mins
1.85:1


11th October 2004
DVD




1.75:1



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Peter Cushing
Dr. Van Helsing
Michael Gough
Arthur Holmwood
Melissa Stribling
Mina Holmwood
Christopher Lee
Count Dracula
Carol Marsh
Lucy Holmwood
Miles Malleson
J. Marx, Undertaker
John Van Eyssen
Jonathan Harker
Olga Dickie
Gerda
George Benson
Frontier Official
Charles Lloyd Pack
Dr. Seward
George Woodbridge
Landlord
Valerie Gaunt
Vampire Woman
Janina Faye
Tania
Barbara Archer
Inga
George Merritt
Policeman
Geoffrey Bayldon
Porter
Paul Cole
Lad
Guy Mills
Coach Driver
(uncredited)
Richard Morgan
Coach Driver's Companion
(uncredited)
Unknown 8801-01
Inn Customer
Dave's Unknown Male 8
Inn Customer
Unknown 8801-03
Inn Customer
Unknown 8801-04
Inn Customer
Unknown 8801-05
Inn Customer
John Maxim
Inn Customer
(uncredited)
Unknown 8801-07
Dead Vampire Woman
John Mossman
Hearse Driver
(uncredited)
Peter Diamond
Stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell
Stunts (uncredited)
Stedwell Fulcher
Man in Coach
(scenes deleted)
Humphrey Kent
Fat Merchant
(scenes deleted)
Judith Nelmes
Woman in Coach
(scenes deleted)
William Sherwood
Priest
(scenes deleted)

Dave Wright: Revised Screencaps & Notes