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This review is from: Dracula Has Risen From The Grave [DVD]  (DVD)
Dracula is resurrected, ironically, by a priest after the clumsy cleric falls and bangs his bald bonce and the blood from the wound revives The Count. The toothsome terror is soon up to his old tricks and he's a bit annoyed that the Monsignor has stuck a big cross on the doors of his castle. Old Drac wants revenge and, with the help of the priest who is now under his spell, he fixes his fangs on the Monsignor's beautiful niece, Maria.
This was the first of Hammer's Dracula films that did not have Terence Fisher in the director's chair and was helmed by Freddie Francis instead. When I first saw this film I thought that it was a bit dull compared to some of the other Dracula films but subsequent viewings have changed my opinion. The film is nicely-paced and features some memorable set-pieces and there is some effective use of lighting and coloured filters in certain scenes.
The fine cast includes Christopher Lee, who oozes evil as Dracula, Rupert Davies, as the Monsignor, and Hammer movie stalwart Michael Ripper. The Hammer Glamour is provided by voluptuous Veronica Carlson (one of my favourite Hammer Babes) and busty Barbara Ewing.
The film is presented in its original ratio of 1.85:1 on this DVD and a trailer is also included.