Dracula ★★★

Much like the Universal Dracula from 1931 the best of part of this Hammer version is the count himself and much like the Universal film he is underutilized and the film drags whenever he's off screen which is far too often.
Despite the smokeshow that is young Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and a kind of scary Christopher Lee (at least when he's dripping blood) the film never really rises above feeling like a copy. The end was the best part as it actually felt like a film with real *ahem* stakes and the destruction of the creature was pretty cool.
Still, doesn't quite live up to the better one from nearly three decades before despite some solid vampire action. Count me out of any sequels.

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