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ANOTHER GREAT ENTRY IN HAMMER'S DRACULA SERIES. LEE'S PERFORMANCE IS BRILLIANT AS EVER.
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
Extras: Theatrical Trailer
Extras: Only the theatrical trailer (F)