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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.
I think we all know about my love affair with Hammer by now. I will watch anything I can get my hands on and they usually don't disappoint me. Even a 'bad' Hammer is, at least, fun. This one wasn't 'bad', it was just sort of blah. The movie looked great and the print was pristine but there was hardly any action. The focus was mainly on one woman in particular and she wasn't even bitten until about an hour into the film. It's always nice to see Lee, so I'm not sorry I watched this but if you want some excitement, just stare at the poster on your left. If you want some r e a l l y lethargic Hammer, watch this movie.
Like a stained glass window if we worshiped Dracula instead of Christ.
There is a girl...
Christohper Lee returns as Count Dracula and this time he actually has dialogue as apposed to his last outing in Dracula: Prince of Darkness. Meanwhile Freddie Francis steps in to replace Gothic horror maestro Terence Fisher for directing duties and does more then hold his own. Lee and Francis manage to capture the same tone and atmosphere established in the previous films with ease.
The script written by Anthony Hinds does have slight problems though as it recycles a lot of elements from the previous films featuring Dracula. While the characters might be different, the main story still features the Count being infatuated with a damsel, here played by Veronica Carlson, while her lover battles…
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE PARTS OF THE MOVIE?
The Dracula parts.
WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE TO IMPROVE THE MOVIE?
More Dracula parts.
En plan programa doble, y siguiendo con el homenaje que le quería dedicar a Christopher Lee, me puse después de su primer "Dracula", ésta (tercer papel de Dracula de Lee y cuarta de la serie ya que en la segunda no salía Dracula, aunque sí Van Helsing) donde se le enfrenta un sacerdote y el novio de la sobrina de éste. Ayudando a Dracula tenemos un sacerdote miedoso y borrachuzo.
Dentro de los esquemas previsibles, tiene sus momentos, aunque me quedo con el detalle de que el héroe joven es un ateo al que las circunstancias no le obligan a renunciar a sus ideas, algo que me rompió bastante los esquemas para bien.
He sure has.
It's a shame that the first half hour is wasted in tedious exposition, because once the movie gets going it's got some of the best Drac action and atmospherics in the Hammer series. There's a definite tone of horror, religion, and eroticism that sums up the Hammer mystique. Some nice flourishes in Freddie Francis' direction.
Dracula Has Risen From the Grave almost rivals the first one for me. It portrays Christopher Lee at his best in the series (up to this point), as well as gives the viewer interesting characters to follow along with.
The fourth, and final, film in the "Warner Brothers" "Hammer Horror Classics" Blu-ray box set, "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave" was watched last, but was actually set before "Taste the Blood of Dracula". I found this film to be slightly better (I guess 1 star better), simply for the more exotic Eastern European setting. In this film, "Dracula" is revived by accident when a priest bangs his head on a rock, allowing blood to cascade down a rocky hillside and onto the frozen corpse of Dracula, re-animating him. As with the other Dracula film in the box set, he broods in his mountain top lair, and commands beautiful busty women to lure men to his hideout. As I stated before, the "Dracula" character leaves me a little cold.
"Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" opened in Portland on Saturday, May 17th, 1969 at the "Broadway Theater" in downtown PDX, playing as the second feature paired with "The Witchmaker".
Call me crazy, but I liked this one more than Horror of Dracula. The style and atmosphere lacking in the original was present here. The use of colors and shadows was excellent, and sets and matte effects were superb. All of the actors did commendable jobs, especially Lee, who absolutely shines as Dracula. I know it's more popular to prefer the first one, but Dracula Has Risen from the Grave just really clicked with me.
Quite a bit better than I expected given how disappointing the Freddie Francis Frankenstein film is.
Not all that interesting but I liked it. A bit sexier than the original few Hammer Draculas, which made up for a dull story. Although it's not THE INNOCENTS or anything, Francis's direction did lend a visual flair.
Christopher Lee used to say that it seemed like Hammer wrote the scripts for the Dracula movies with something different in mind, and threw Dracula in at the last minute. This almost seems like the case here, but that's also kind of why I like it.
There's very little Dracula. What's there is good, of course. But this film actually has a very interesting plot, some good characters, and strong performances. It's a genuinely compelling film even when Dracula hasn't been on screen for twenty minutes.
It took me way too long to realize how closely this film's plot (apart from the lack of real estate dealings & a worthy Van-Helsing-like adversary & interesting ancillary stuff like Dracula's brides & The Demeter) hews to the source material, & it also took me too long to recognize that this film's more interesting side streets -- the love triangle between the barmaid, the priest's chaste niece, & the hunky baker-student, and the hunk's atheism -- weren't going to be explored in any capacity (apart from the atheism being leveraged briefly to abet some non-traditional stake behavior).
Credit to the film, then, for distracting me as long as it did, & for even getting my hopes up that there'd be more to this film than…
Rife with as much bullshit as its predecessors, but Christopher Lee has a lot more fun here. Beautiful sets, lanscapes and matte paintings, too.
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