Good pulpy fun.
The finale really freaked me out... which i'm guessing was the point!
I don't know a great deal about the history of this De Palma film, it arrived after both 'Sisters' and 'Phantom of the Paradise', and just before 'Carrie'. It feels ambitious, it has a melodramatic feel and the score (by Bernard Herrmann, no less) is superb. It looks sweepingly classical in a way that De Palma hadn't in the two films before.
It does (as everyone says) owe…
Dracula: Prince of Darkness has all the Hammer tick-boxes checked, but is more than the sum of these parts due to Fisher's direction.
Hammer were trying to save money by shooting this with three other films back-to-back and the production does seem to suffer (the imaginative final sequence is a tad ordinary looking, which is a shame). However, there are some excellent elements to this film that should be highlighted, such as the wonderful way Fisher sets up the four…