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The Brides of Dracula
He Turned Innocent Beauty Into Unspeakable Horror.
A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily for some, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way.
My vampire weekend ends... for now...
Reader beware: anecdotal review ahead.
After falling madly in love with Werner Herzog's Nosferatu I went out in search of more dark, moody, and thoughtful vampire movies. Byzantium showed promise but felt too unfocused to buckle down on any one idea. Vampyr had the moody imagery down pat, but the thin story failed to carry the visuals anywhere interesting. Then came (Horror of) Dracula. It wasn't at all what I was looking for, but it was so much something else that it managed to put me under its spell. It wasn't dark, moody, or thoughtful: it was colorful, fun, and silly! So I decided to give Hammer Films another chance in the form of…
This is that Hammer Dracula film that's not a Dracula film.
But you can't blame them for sticking Dracula in the title considering the success they had enjoyed with their original Dracula film a couple of years before. Although The Brides Of The Vampire would have been a pretty cool title as well, I think. Probably wouldn't have made as much money though.
The problem I have with a lot of the Hammer horror films is that so many of them are so similar. That's not a bad thing at all, for the record. They really are nice and welcoming old things that you can pretty much always rely on, but it's an absolute pain in the arse trying to…
He was my son. Now he is only... a beast of the night.
Peter Cushing returns with his gentlemen-like-badassery as Doctor Van Helsing while Christopher Lee takes time off from the series. Even though Dracula's name is in the title, the film is actually about one of his "disciples" and a few female vamps that could be described as the Brides of Dracula in an extremely abstract way considering the Count has never even met them.
As if to get all thoughts of Dracula showing up in the film out of your mind right away, the story opens up with a narration to remind you that Dracula is in fact dead. What we do get is David Peel…
I like the various manifestations the plot takes: a Gothic horror about a family secret, a manhunt, a swashbuckler... only rarely does it dip into traditional sequences of bats flying into windows and biting necks. Peter Cushing owns the movie as the most suave, badass Van Helsing ever. It's as if someone told him they were making a James Bond movie set in ye olde vampire times, and he ran with it (I can only imagine how the girls' school sequence would have played out if this was a Bond movie...). The main vampire (he's not Dracula as the title would mislead you to believe) is excessively handsome in a boyish way that moves away from the Lugosi/Lee traditional depictions…
For a film that proposes to focus on the brides of Dracula, this focuses an awful lot on a completely different male vampire. Taken on its own merits and ignoring the irrelevant title, it's not a bad little vampire flick. It would be easy to complain about the damsels-in-distressing and the minimalizing of the female vampires, and certainly that's disappointing, but this is a showcase for Peter Cushing. It helps that he's got a powerful screen presence; he's fun to watch. (Especially when he's acrobatically combating our fancy vampire villain, who seconds before was whirling a chain about like a madman in one of the best visuals.) It's noteworthy that this otherwise kinda stiff (but not badly so) horror film…
Watching Peter Cushing calmly DE-vampirize himself with burning hot coals to his neck is alone worth the price of admission. Also worth the price of admission: everything else.
Might be my favorite looking hammer film.
Sequel to Dracula, or Horror of Dracula is a slight step down, but nonetheless retains the vibe of the original film, while adding new ideas to create something entertaining. The film boasts a very well thought out story and an interesting angle on the characters. Overall this is a film that boasts everything that has made the original such a good film, but adds on elements to create something unique. Brides of Dracula adds to the storyline, and it is a well acted feature that is complimented with eerie atmosphere, which was a big part of Horror of Dracula. Although a bit lacking compared to the first film, Brides of Dracula nonetheless has enough going fo0r it to appeal to…
I have a special place in my heart both for Hammer films in general and the performances of Sir Christopher Lee and/or Sir Peter Cushing in particular. Some excellent work here that never gets tired or boring. They command the screen and deservedly were at the apex of that specialty. I simply wish I could find and watch them all.
" Who is it that is not afraid ? "
"Only God has no fear"
No Lee (or Dracula at all, for that matter) this time out. Peter Cushing carries this movie on his back, and it suffers when he's not on screen.
This is the Hammer Dracula film without Dracula. Actually turned out pretty good.
Yvonne Monlaur plays an empty-headed, annoyingly naive French school teacher. Stupidly letting loose a vampire is one thing, but then blithely to go about her business as if nothing had happened and later accept a marriage proposal from that same vampire, whose mother's blood-drained corpse she had seen slumped in a chair not two days earlier, is just exasperating. In hindsight, Van Helsing's advice to her 'to forget everything' possibly wasn't the best he's ever offered. All the viewer is left with is a keen desire to give her a good shaking or to live in hope that the Count will eventually rip her throat out and end her havoc inducing idiocy. Indeed, the actions of Van Helsing himself are…
Peter Cushing being awesome as Van Helsing (he dropkicks a vampire at one point)--- otherwise nothing much here. Somewhat disappointing that there is no Dracula. David Peel is a poor replacement for Christopher Lee. Still it's Hammer so the film looks great- plus the creepy atmosphere and gothic sets are second to none.
The second episode of the Hammer film series on count Dracula lacks some of the visual power and symbolisms of the first one, while maintaining a certain inventiveness (especially in the final sequence, very effective, although a bit carried away). The absence of the eponymous vampire, and consequently that of Christopher Lee, is most definitely significant, and the “disciple” cannot compete with Lee’s stage presence. The focus, however, is again on Van Helsing, who has here a more specific connotation of vampire hunter: he knows how to fight them, and in fact they tend to flee from him. In The Brides of Dracula, as the title itself suggests, the feminine side of vampirism is brought in the foreground: the Brides…
Underrated due to the lack of Lee (indeed, David Peel is a pretty bland vampire lead), Cushing brings his usual committed, energetic charisma to this very sumptuous early Hammer outing. A feast for eyes with a particularly excellent, mysterious first act and some great imagery in its final moments. Peel, and some odd 'comedy' beats don't prevent this from being a solid watch
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