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on 15 June 2014

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. UK DVD
Feature running time: 89 mins. (uncut)
Rating: G (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9 (anamorphic)
Audio: English, French, German (all 2.0 dual mono)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Arabic, English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the Hearing Impaired
Chapters: 23
Extras: Theatrical Trailer
Region: 2

Picture: C+
Audio: C
Extras: Only the theatrical trailer (F)
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on 27 June 2017
Probably one of the most underrated in the Hammer Dracula saga. It has many of the usual tropes, of course, but I found myself caring for the characters. Interesting studies of the cowardly priest and the way he and the bar lady functioned as servants of the Count. It builds to an exciting climax. It is one that I never ever saw as a child, only heard mentioned on those cards you could collect. Glad I finally saw it today. I wasn't disappointed.
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on 26 November 2015
This relates to the Warner Brothers U.S. Blu-Ray release, and is information based.
I can confirm that this is Region-free, and will play in U.K. Region B Blu-Ray players.
It is also remastered and 1080p upscaled.
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on 10 June 2017
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on 20 February 2015
This film was Hammer's fourth Dracula film, released in 1968 and the third to star Christopher Lee as The Count. I have a bit of a love and hate opinion towards this film, because it is quite enjoyable, but very far from Hammer's best. It is supposed to be a Dracula film, but The Count takes a back seat for most of the film and it focuses instead on the two main love interests, Paul and Maria. Paul is played by Barry Andrews, who went on to appear in Blood On Satan's Claw in 1970 and Maria is played by Veronica Carlson, in her first Hammer film. She was one of the most beautiful women to have ever worked for Hammer, in my opinion. Dracula's nemesis is the Monsignor, played by Maigret's Rupert Davies, but he is hardly in the film for very long, either. However, it is a much superior film to Taste The Blood Of Dracula which followed, but not a patch on Hammer's previous Dracula films. As noted in a previous review, the picture and sound quality are quite acceptable, with good colours and detail, but the constantly out-of-synch soundtrack is very noticeable and is quite distracting. I give this three stars, because it is still enjoyable and watchable, even though The Count is not really the main character. If you want a much better Hammer Dracula film, then I recommend the original Dracula, Brides Of Dracula or Dracula Prince Of Darkness instead.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 April 2009
Not having seen this for a long time, to watch it again now in widescreen on a big TV was a real treat. Its certainly as good as Dracula Prince of Darkness, though not as good as the original, which for me is the best Hammer film as made.

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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on 12 April 2017
This Hammer film, the fourth in the Dracula series (though Dracula wasn't in the second, the outstanding 'Brides of Dracula') has always been one of the weaker ones for me, despite the pulling power of the great Christopher Lee. There's no continuity with the previous films with regard to Dracula's castle for a start: whereas before you could drive through the gates in a horse and carriage, in this film, its up a mountainside and accessible only by a hard climb! Filming continuity is poor too: as someone has commented, the young dumb bellringer (who can whistle very well though!) dumps his bike outside the church at the start of the film, only for it to disappear in the next shot when the priest goes in. And staking a vampire doesn't work if you're an atheist - you now need to pray too. What's most annoying is that many scenes with The Count (not just from his viewpoint either) are filmed with a peculiar red and orange tinge to the frame edges, which makes for an odd effect when the camera pans across other cast members. There's a bit of dodgy speeded-up filming too that makes it all a bit Benny Hill at times. Not a patch, IMO, on the previous Dracula film, the stately Dracula: Prince of Darkness, which was blessed with a gruesome resurrection scene, and an even more vivid staking of Barbara Shelley, who turned in a memorable performance.

The ensemble cast in 'Risen' is good though: familiar 70s angry telly face George A Cooper makes a fiery innkeeper, and dear old Michael Ripper has one of his best roles, here playing a jovial baker-cum-innkeeper. Could have done with a bit more Rupert Davies as the Monsignor, but never mind. And the ending is admittedly one of the most memorable demises for Dracula, which explains the relocation of his castle to a mountaintop!
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For the US release of Hammer's fourth Dracula film (only the third to actually feature Christopher Lee, the Count sitting out Brides of Dracula), Warner Bros. used a one-sheet of a woman's neck with a sticking plaster on it, following the title Dracula Has Risen From the Grave with the single word 'Obviously.' The film itself, however, is anything but tongue-in-cheek, and played deadly straight with a conviction the series gradually lost over the years. It's probably the best-looking of all the Hammer Dracula sequels, and also the first where Christopher Lee actually speaks. As usual he's almost a background figure for much of the film, with the bulk of the film carried by Barry Andrews' atheist student romancing Veronica Carlson's niece of Rupert Davies' Monsignor, who inadvertently starts the blood flowing again when his attempt to exorcise Dracula's castle only results in the Count being revived from his icy grave by blood from a convenient cut. Finding himself cast out of his home and aided by Ewan Hooper's terrified priest (Renfield presumably being otherwise engaged), Dracula determines to take his revenge on Davies and his kin, stopping off en route for a light snack with Barbara Ewing's busty redheaded barmaid.

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. The change in director from Terence Fisher, sadly in decline at that time and unavailable due to a car crash, to Freddie Francis gives the film less of a production-line feel than most of the studio's Dracula series and, despite an awkward filter in some scenes and a distinctly jaundiced look for the Count, the film has a much more expansive look and feel almost unique in the series, with a striking and well-employed rooftop set courtesy of undervalued production designer Bernard Robinson and some relatively unfamiliar Pinewood standing sets rather than the overused backlot at Bray. He gets good performances too, with a particularly nice turn from Michael Ripper as an amiable innkeeper (as opposed to his usual miserable and terrified innkeepers).

Unfortunately while the PAL DVD boasts excellent colour and definition, some shots look oddly distorted, as if stretched, and the sound wanders in and out of synch far too often for comfort. On the plus side it does restore the censor cuts of about half a dozen gallons of blood spurting from Dracula's chest after he gets staked and includes the original trailer.
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on 24 December 2014
It was good.
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on 3 October 2006
"Dracula Has Risen From The Grave", has to be one of the best Dracula movies of all time. The film has a rich gothic feeling to it, and Christopher Lee makes the most of his role. He doesn't have much to say, but his presence as the bloodthirsty count are among the finest on the silver screen. Tall, dark and menacing. You don't have to rely on expensive special effects when you have an actor like Chris Lee around. A rock solid production.
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