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Dracula: Prince of Darkness
DEAD for Ten Years DRACULA, Prince of Darkness, LIVES AGAIN!
Whilst vacationing in the Carpathian Mountain, two couples stumble across the remains of Count Dracula's castle. The Count's trusted servant kills one of the men, suspending the body over the Count's ashes so that the blood drips from the corpse and saturates the blackened remains. The ritual is completed, the Count revived and his attentions focus on the dead man's wife who is to become his partner; devoted to an existence of depravity and evil.
There'll be no morning for us.
This sequel looses Peter Cushing and his character of Dr. Van Helsing, but regains Christopher Lee in the role of Dracula. While I love Cushing in these films, it seems to be a fair tradeoff to regain the character of Dracula for your newest Dracula sequel. It doesn't retcon or reboot anything however and acknowledges the fact that the good old Count is supposed to be dead and that's where lies the great little horror tale that unfolds.
As a stand alone film this is a great little horror yarn, but I imagine people expecting it to showcase Christopher Lee as Dracula will be disappointed. Most of the story is about how…
Ten minutes ago we were stranded in the cold, miles away from anywhere. Now we're warm. We're going to be fed. And if that man's master is anything like I think he's going to be, we're going to be entertained as well.
Even though it took 8 years for Christopher Lee to return as Dracula, Hammer Films still accomplished something that Universal Pictures never did and that's make a proper sequel to their Dracula with it's original star. Of course Hammer would go beyond just that as Lee ended up playing the Count five more times for the studio.
Even by today's standards Lee's take on Dracula is beyond what you usually see. He makes him look crazed…
Though Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a better made sequel, I much prefer Hammer's ludicrous 70s Dracula output like Scars of Dracula and Dracula A.D. 1972. Still Dracula: Prince of Darkness entertains. It has everything you'd want from a Hammer flick: an ominous castle, a creepy human sidekick for Dracula, pompous rich couples not taking the advice of locals, bright red blood, and Christopher Lee. With Terence Fisher in the director's chair, it's pretty much a guaranteed winner. I love the way Fisher uses colour and only moves the camera when he needs to. He's truly Hammer's finest director. Lee is quite terrifying in this entry with his bloodshot eyes and animalistic portrayal of Dracula, though it's frustrating how long…
We've seen it all before, but this seems almost like the perfecting of a formula for Hammer, and as a fan, this makes for a very appealing film. This mute, bestial, red-eyed reconstitution of Dracula, may not get much screen time, but Christopher Lee makes every second, ahem, Count. And of course we get all the other gothic trappings that make a classic Hammer Horror. It may not be one of the best, but it's one of my favorites from the studio.
I'm no expert in anatomy, but I'm pretty sure the heart isn't located around the lower left ribcage
Ese mayordomo limpiando durante 10 años el castillo de Dracula, a ver si llega algún turista que matar y así resucitar a su amo. Salir del castillo a buscar a alguien sería una locura, tampoco hay prisa, ya llegará alguien. Si el guionista le hubiese escrito algún diálogo a Dracula le hubiese pegado una buena bronca.
[Originally written on my blog.]
Not counting the quick Horror of Dracula recap at the outset, Christopher Lee doesn't turn up in this one for 48 minutes (of only 90)...which is fine, really, because it's a much more entertaining film before he does. Reading about Hammer as a kid, I imagined stark, frankly horrific chillers, perhaps just extrapolating from the company name; in reality, they're mostly quite charming in their workmanlike Englishness, moving stock characters along a series of predictable narrative marks with brisk, economical assurance and the very slightest of winks. The early scene in which Father Sandor warns our heroes away from Karlsbad and its mysterious castle, for example, couldn't be more generically foreboding, yet it's performed…
We watched Prince of Darkness the same day Prince died.
That was just a coincidence.
I would have never guessed this movie was made for TV if I didn't know that information because the film is that well made! Outstanding well written biography and performances by the cast.
Dark Prince tends to have a little bit of everything: Drama, War, Crime, Romance, Fantasy, Action, Adventure and, yes, Horror... not a bad combination for a biographical film.
Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula should become a favorite (staple) for those who want a smarter, educated, Hallows' Eve movie festival since it is in fact a biography of Vlad Tepes, the real life Dracula.
Hammer horror movies always start out great, but bore me by the end. This movie has some really neat sets and moments, but is ultimately rather dull, in my opinion. Probably best used as a "Netflix & Chill" movie-- if you miss the last half, you're not missing much.
One of the best in the hammer franchise. Absolute cracker of a film.
I decided to get stuck into my newly acquired Hammer Horror box-set of 15 movies, starting in the order they're presented in the box, which seems to be entirely random. This is the first one.
The production is great, the craft is great, the performances are top class. The only thing lacking is the only thing every movie worth it's salt hinges upon: an interesting story involving necessary characters. There's no reason for any of these characters to exist, none of them are particularly engaging, and they have nothing to do but get thrown into a situation, and even after that they're useless. This movie is pointless, which is probably why it's so tiresome and dull to watch, and why…
Prince of Darkness suffers a bit from being a lesser version of Lee's first Dracula outing. It is still fun and has quite a bit of charm but there isn't a standout character like Peter Cushing as Van Helsing in 1958's Dracula. At times the story drags as much of the movie is about resurrecting Dracula. Once the vampire action starts, the movie picks up a great deal and still results in a fairly fun Dracula movie.
Christopher Lee is romantically haunting in the title role! Highlight is his resurrection scene, I wish he was in the film More! Just once I want to see Dracula Win!
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