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Horror of Dracula [DVD] [1958] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Peter Cushing , Christopher Lee , Terence Fisher    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Writers: Bram Stoker, Jimmy Sangster
  • Producers: Anthony Hinds, Anthony Nelson Keys, Michael Carreras
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8K0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cushing vs. Lee classic! 23 Dec 2006
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Considered by many to be the greatest Dracula movie yet made, Hammer's 1958 take on Bram Stoker's novel is a classic piece of cinema that in my view ranks as the most important British horror film of all. If the famous company hadn't made any more Dracula movies after this one, these days it would be thought of as equalling David Lean's Great Expectations and Oliver Twist in the rankings of British cinema's great literary adaptations. Instead, it is simply regarded as the first film in a fondly-remembered, though essentially campy series of chillers that took a dip in quality with every subsequent episode, ending with some real dreck in the early 1970s. But Terence Fisher's movie, only his second gothic horror, did justice to the story in a way that no other filmmaker has been able to repeat. It's scary, sexy, action-packed, laced with atmosphere, and shows no signs at all of the low budget it was made under. The photography is gorgeous, the sets even better, and the music just perfect. The ending, a violent piece of hand-to-hand combat between Count Dracula and his nemesis Dr. Van Helsing, was unlike anything else seen in British cinema up to that point, and the special effects still impress today.
But what really makes the film work are the performances of Christopher Lee and (especially) Peter Cushing in the lead roles; Lee's star-making turn as Dracula ensured his status as one of the great cinematic villains, and though it typecast him for the rest of his career in a manner he didn't always appreciate, even he wouldn't deny the impact his feral, predatory vampire made on the horror genre. Cushing, meanwhile, also enjoys one of his signature roles, and he provides us with by far the strongest and most impressive Van Helsing on film.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Hammer Horror 15 July 2005
Often regarded as the highlight of Hammer horror's oeuvre, The Horror of Dracula stands up today as a fresh and inventive take on what is maybe the best story ever written. Hammer is a studio that has had many a fine hour, and although this is one indeed; I think that there are several other films from their ranks that just top it. Just, being the operative word as this is certainly up there with the best of them. As you might expect, the story follows that of Bram Stoker's original novel; with a young man travelling to Dracula's castle, and not returning. This attracts the attentions of Professor Abraham Van Helsing; an authority in the field of vampirism who then sets out to slay the malevolent fiend that is the source of all the foul play in the movie; Dracula himself.
Although this is based on the classic story, Hammer very much makes it their own. Of course, the campy horror styling that that the studio has become famous for features strongly in the movie and serves in giving it that classic Hammer feel. Furthermore, this movie features both of Hammer's greatest stars; Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Christopher Lee may be no Bela Lugosi, but if there was anyone other than Bela Lugosi that I would want to play Dracula; Christopher Lee is that man. He isn't actually in it that much, but the moments when he is are the best in the movie. He has an incredible amount of screen presence, and all of that is transferred into the character of Dracula. In a similar way, Peter Cushing plays Van Helsing. Like Lee, Cushing has buckets of screen presence, but it's all in a very different style. While Lee is a defined evil, Cushing is more subdued, which allows him to adequately play the hero as well as well as he plays the villain.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer's best 14 Feb 2006
This is the greatest Hammer film ever made. Starring the two mainstays of British Horror Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

Terence Fisher (the best Hammer director) directs with style and James Bernard produced a score that would be used in variations by many Hammer films over the years. For any musicians out there the chord Bernard uses to signal Dracula's presence is an augmented chord...

Christopher Lee is magnificent as Count Dracula. Bela Lugosi may have starred in the role first but Lee is vastly superior in every respect: He has more screen presence (helped by being 6' 5"), is better looking and most crucially unlike Lugosi he can act.

As Van Helsing Peter Cushing is mesmerising. Whether he is carrying out a blood transfusion or dictating into an early phonograph recorder, the script is delivered with absolute conviction. I always end up believing vampires exist after watching this film!

The ending to this film is perhaps the single greatest moment in the entire history of Hammer films. While the special effects look dated now the realisation of the ending is just a great piece of film making.
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By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
In the mid seventies when I was thirteen or fourteen years old I saw Dracula, or Horror Of Dracula to give it it's American title , and to this day I still think it's the best cinematic ( or televisual ) interpretation of Bram Stokers novel I have seen.....and I've seen just about all of them. Not only that it remains one of the finest vampire movies ever made and by some distance the most pre-eminent movie that the Hammer studio put its name too.

Released the year after (1958) "The Curse Of Frankenstein "Dracula was the film that really put the Hammer studio on the map and establish its place in Anglo- horror history and achieve a measure of sacrosanct nobility in the process. Though it takes liberties with Stokers novel, missing out estimable chunks of the narrative due to pacing issues and more pertinently budgetary concerns (There is no Renfield or the asylum and no landing at Whitby alas) it ostensibly remains true to the source. It also undermines classical vampire mythology by limiting Dracula's supernatural powers. Van Helsing asserts at one point "it's a common fallacy that vampires can change into bats and wolves"

What made Dracula such a shock to fifties audiences, apart from the use of colour and more liberal use of gore, was directors Terence Fishers savy perception of the novels sexual undertones something he utilises in the film, portraying the Count as an irresistible sexual predator laviciously plundering virginal heroines who even though they are subconsciously repulsed by his advances are erotically charged by his ministrations.
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Published 20 days ago by Michael Mitchell
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Published 23 days ago by Angeleyes

DRACULA aka HORROR OF DRACULA is in my opinion the best adaption of Bram Stoker's novel, surpassing 1992's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA by far. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caligula II.
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
many thanks for my dvd horror of dracula starring peter cushing and christoper lee this is a great classic horror
Published 2 months ago by Dean Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror
I find the classic horror films more realistic than the more recent films. Also am a great fan of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Ann Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula
The first and best of the Christopher Lee Dracula films. The only version which keeps reasonably close to Bram Stoker's book, which was a best seller from the time it was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David John Isaac
4.0 out of 5 stars Shiverings down the back
I remember seeing this film when I was 17 years old.
At that age things make a huge impact. Off course I knew that vampires did not really exist, but started to look behind me... Read more
Published 6 months ago by GJ Veenbrink
2.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic imagination departs after Renfield's death. Thereafter,...
High praise for this film comes from Hammer fans deciding WHICH HAMMER VERSION to pick. I never saw any other Hammer films. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ronald Haak
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror
An older movie, good for those who collect vampire movies. Christopher Lee at his best in a role wich hè outgrowed to play in even more gret movies.
Published 9 months ago by Luc Schevernels
5.0 out of 5 stars horror of dracula review.
i like the old hammer films i think chris lee is the best dracula this was the first dracula hammer movie
Published 9 months ago by john bell
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