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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 May 2000
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CU53
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Hammer horror starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) journeys to Castle Dracula, where he is turned into one of the undead by the famous vampire (Lee). Professor Van Helsing (Cushing) arrives and drives a stake through Harker's heart, but must then pursue Dracula to London, where the Count intends to make Harker's fiancée Lucy Holmwood his bride. Lee and Cushing went on to make several more 'Dracula' films for Hammer.

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This is the first (it dates from 1957) of the many films which were to identify Christopher Lee with Bram Stoker's undead anti-hero and, in many ways, it remains the best. Tied reasonably closely to that of Stoker's novel, the plot sees the English academic Jonathan Harker (Van Eyssen) entering the employ of Dracula, secretly aware that the nobleman is a vampire and with every intention of destroying him. Sadly, it doesn't work out and Harker, in one of the film's several gentle structural conceits, becomes Dracula's servant in more senses than one, prompting one Doctor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing, of course) to investigate his disappearance. The rest, of course, is a slightly wobbly version of history. This is the only film of the series to retain its roots in theatrical melodrama--the clipped, "ack-torly" exchanges between Lee and Van Eyssen are a joy--but it remains gripping in spite, or because of that. Best of all, it allows Lee to present Dracula as a real character--a haunted, tragic figure, impatient with the mortal world and its trivia--before camp tomfoolery, likeable enough in its own way, came to dominate the series. --Roger Thomas


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The 1950s was the best time for Hammer films, producing some great successes notably The Quatermass Xperiment and The Curse of Frankenstein. This version of Bram Stoker's Dracula is wonderful for its time for a number of reasons. First, the pairing of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Second, the atmosphere the film generates, and finally the script which was beautifully written. The final scene of Dracula's destruction has never been surpassed. Incidentally, this video version has an extra scene which had been omitted from its original release in 1957. This was due to a reference made by Van Helsing to the use of drugs which was still taboo in those days of course. Overall, any Hammer film fan cannot afford not to buy this.
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Though I am considerably new to Horror films, and in particular, Hammer ones, I already have a great fondness for them. This one has got to be one of the best. Well acted in glorious gothic settings and Victorian-like streets, this film is a masterpiece and worth every penny. Christopher Lee is the definitive Dracula - a seemingly charming and gracious man who turns out to be the most frightening of villains, and Peter Cushing is marvellous as Van Helsing.
It may not be totally loyal to the book, but films do not translate easily from novels, and I think this version was translated extremely well. The film isn't as scary as it was once considered, but that is a small downward factor. If you want to watch a good version of Dracula, I think you'd be hard pressed to beat this.
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By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2000
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There is no doubt about it; this is the best of all Hammer's Draculas. The actors, Fisher's directing, Robinson's sets, everything is great about this film. However, I do find it would have benefited from a longer running-time, an a few more talky scenes. (This IS Cushing, after all !.) -I realize that's probably an odd thing to say about a Hammer film, but its rollercoaster narrative does move a bit fast at times, I think. I mean, "Revenge Of Frankenstein", made around the same time, had a much more pleasant pace. Still, it's a classic and well worth a "5 star" rating.
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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2008
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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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this marks the first hammer horror film that i ever saw back in 1987. it was a late monday night on anglia t.v. those were the days.

the perfect example on how to make a successful film on a low budget. daring for the time; more sexual references, violence etc. all done quite tastefully though. peter cushing and christopher lee lead the way in a film full of atmosphere, great acting, a good script, some great highlights along the way but a simply outstanding climax.

for those who may not know, christopher lee's screen time is actually quite limited after the opening 20 minutes or so. he just pops up now and then without saying anything. the character of renfield is completely ignored as well, but these are mere quibbles.

peter cushing proves what a fantastic dramatic actor he is, and easily gives the best interpretion of van helsing. christopher lee's dracula is quite good, but not the best i have to say. in fairness, i haven't seen the perfect on- screen dracula yet.

this is hammer during its best period and would remain so until about the mid-60s.
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By A Customer on 12 May 2000
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At last, a Dracula film that gives the Bram Stoker legend the treatment it deserves. The story opens with English librarian Jonathan Harker going to Castle Dracula to do business with the Count. So far, so normal. But from here on in, the movie develops its plot further, adding some great twists that Stoker never thought of. Okay, so it may not exactly stick to its source material, but is best considered a rethinking. The fantasy elements of the tale are cut down somewhat, making the whole thing more realistic. Director Terence Fisher gives it a style of its own, and is complemented by some great actors, especially Christopher Lee giving a haunted, yet demonic dignity to the title role, and Peter Cushing playing the role of Van Helsing to the fullest, making these two worthy adversaries. All in all, the film looks great, it moves quickly and forcefully through its scenes so it remains exciting, never boring. Its just a shame that it got ripped off too much later on, but that's just testament to its greatness.
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