Dracula: Prince of Darkness ★★★★

Despite the lack of dialogue from Lee, and the absence of Peter Cushing, this one still lands solidly among the other classic Hammer gothics. There are many of the usual vampire movie tropes (skittish villagers, creepy servants, old castles, horse-drawn carriages, etc, etc), but also a few unusual deviations to keep things interesting.

Thanks to one particular scene, this movie may show the most blood by volume of any other Hammer production I can remember – all in vivid Technicolor, of course. Terence Fisher’s directing is solid as usual, and I was especially happy to hear a reprise of James Bernard’s theme from Hammer’s first Dracula film (the one I recorded a heavy metal cover of back in 2005).