Dracula Has Risen From the Grave [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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With a prologue that takes place before Dracula, Prince of Darkness and the main body of the film taking place a year later, it takes some liberties with the vampire mythology: the revived Dracula's first appearance is as a reflection, he has no problem removing crosses from willing girls' necks while a stake alone is no longer enough to kill him: you have to pray as well, which is a bit of a problem when your hero doesn't believe in God. Yet they're not as jarring as they might be, the latter resulting in one particularly memorably gory sequence.Read more ›
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE is another great entry in Hammer Studio's fantastic Dracula series with the superb Christopher Lee reprising his role as Count Dracula. Lee doesn't have much screen time in the middle section, but when he does make an appearance he takes the field. His presence is menacing as ever, definitely one of the greatest actors of all times.
Also starring the beautiful Veronica Carlson and Rupert Davies as the Monsignor.
Directed this time by Freddie Francis instead of Terence Fisher, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE delivers the same great Gothic atmosphere as its predecessors, the costumes and sets are equally impressive and work well.
My only complaint about this third sequel to 1958's DRACULA (the second to star Christopher Lee) is that too much screen time in the first third is given to the romance between Barry Andrews (Paul) and Carlson (Maria). Davies' character could have been used a little more instead.
There are some of the best scenes of the series in DRACULA HAS RISEN, like the battle on the roof top filmed with a red filter - though rather short it looks just gorgeous! I also liked the beginning in the bell tower a lot and maybe the most intense and best finale of any in the series.
It was surprisingly rated G in the US, but it features some really bloody scenes, including a really well executed staking scene, which would definitely be an R today, while other effects appear rather dated (it was made in 1968).
While DRACULA HAS RISEN will not make anyone jump anymore today - it just isn't scary - I would choose this over ANY Dracula movie made nowadays anyway, especially with the likes of TWILIGHT out there.
RATING: 10 / 10
Reviewed version: 2009 Warner Bros.Read more ›
The main reasons for its success are Freddie Francis direction, James Bernard for another classic score, and the films use of Christopher Lee. Unlike in the later sequels, in this film Lee has plenty to do and makes many appearances throughout the film. Interesting watching it for the first time on DVD it does look to me as though Christopher Lee was wearing a wig. Not that surprising since he was 46 years old when this was made.
The film has a genuinely gothic feel to it, and although not in the least bit scary by todays standards, there are nevertheless one or two creepy moments. Of the rest of the cast Rupert Davies as the Monsignor is perhaps the best, in fact I would of like to have seen more of his character in the film.
The only extra on the DVD is the original trailer. There are no commentaries or outtakes which is a pity.
Its a shame that Peter Cushing didn't appear in the first two sequels. His presence would have improved the film. Nevertheless this is probably equal 2nd best with Dracula Prince of Darkness and gets 3.5 stars from me.
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U.S. branch Warner bros have finally released DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM GRAVE on blu-ray
which is ALL REGIONS, not region A as it says on amazon's product details
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I can confirm this Blu-Ray does play on a standard (not hacked) UK player.
The disc and case are bare bones, the disc only has the name of the film on it, no artwork, and the... Read more
Christopher lee reprises' his role. As Dracula. who plans his revenge on the priest who desecrate.. Read morePublished 6 months ago by south walian
Was desperate for this to add to my collection. I had this years and years ago and mislaid it. Christopher Lee is the best Dracula, and this is my favourite one of his!Published 7 months ago by Sarah