Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
In the shadow of Castle Dracula, the Prince of Darkness is revived by blood trickling from the head-wound of an unconscious priest attempting exorcism. And once more fear and terror strikes Transylvania as the undead Prince of Darkness stalks the village of Keineneburg to ensnare victims and satisfy his evil thirst.
This is only the second Hammer Dracula film I have been able to watch. This is sloppy but fun, as I heard described elsewhere. My favorite characters were Zena (the saucy redhead) and young man Paul, who might as well be called Paul Asperger. I am not saying that as an insult; it's just that his thinking it would be a good idea to tell a monsignor that he is an atheist... that is an Aspergerian thing to do!
OCTOBER IS MONSTER MOVIE MONTH
I watched this as a double feature to "Dracula, Prince of Darkness" and enjoyed this one a bit more. Dracula actually feels like a character in this one as he casts a spell on a priest to do his bidding. Its pretty much the same kind of story, Dracula is obsessed with making a pretty girl is vampiress. The actors are not very good with the exception of the priest who gives a pretty nice performance while under the control of Dracula. Still, though, same old same old from Hammer studios, which isn't a bad thing.
[C] Mediocre Hammer. Can't improve on my cable company's snarky plot summary: "Dracula seduces a tavern waitress and a monsignor's niece, and falls on sharp, pointy objects."
Lee reprises his role Dracula and the great seducer as his story continues after he is freed from his ice prison.
Dating from an earlier era provides some fun and the characters all have interesting traits. Highlight are the buxom bar maid and the pre-hippy protagonist. The film does seem to have an overtly religious theme which takes over from anything else. As seems to be the case with the Hammer Horror films, it is all a little dry.
The Reverence: A melodramatic fall down steps.
When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites by attempting to make the holy man's young neice his bride.
My least favourite of the first 3 Hammer Christopher Lee films, although it does have a really cool set - the rooftops of Kleinenberg & it focuses on the religious aspects of defending against the father of all Vampires, which is quite interesting in itself as one of the lead males is an atheist. The film is very formulaic (I know most Hammer Horrors are, but probably best not to watch this so soon after the first two) & Dracula doesn't really do anything new, he talks again ("My revenge is complete!") - but…
One of the greatest deaths in cinema. Christopher Lee at his best.
Christopher Lee at his most energetic and menacing as Dracula, perhaps motivated by the inspired direction of Freddie Francis, who shoots Dracula's scenes with an off-putting, rusty, blood-red vignette.