Horror of Dracula
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Horror of Dracula
This Hammer Studios classic is far closer to the letter (and spirit) of the Bram Stoker novel than the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. The premise finds the infamous count journeying from his native Transylvania to England, where he takes a headfirst plunge into the London nightlife, and begins to rack up victim after victim. In the process, Dracula also runs into his arch-nemesis, Van Helsing (Peter Cushing), which ignites a battle of wills between the two. Heavily censored in Britain when released (with the goriest moments truncated), this outing was restored by the BFI in the mid-late… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This Grand Guignol treatment bowled people over in the 50s, and it still yields some potent shocks."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Perhaps the constant hunt for hemoglobin is slowing our villain down, for this time there are strong indications that the once gory plot is showing definite signs of anemia."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"A gore-splattered melodrama steeped in menace, eroticism and repressed sexuality."
‑ , Total Film
"There will never be a greater vampire film than Nosferatu or Vampyr, not ever. But Hammer's Dracula puts up a strong fight to come in at third place."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A Great British horror film with bite."
‑ , Film4
"Christopher Lee's Dracula is a menacing and complex presence who never lets his fangs and cape dominate."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Bram Stoker's terrifying vampire creation becomes a modern classic in the adept hands of the House of Hammer."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Follows the Bram Stoker novel as loosely as any other adaptation up to that time, though this one is much leaner and meaner."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It was for a long time regarded by horror fans as the finest horror film ever made."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It may have slipped from an X rating to a 12A but this is still a potent adaptation of Bran Stoker's eternal monster."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Both director Terence Fisher as well as the cast have taken a serious approach to the macabre theme that adds up to lotsa tension and suspense."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This Hammer classic will be good for a laugh, and some shivers."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Easily ranks in the pantheon of genre classics."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"lee is dracula"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"A film that deserves recognition as one of this country's finest horror movies, a sexually charged Gothic nightmare featuring standout performances from Hammer stalwarts Lee and Peter Cushing, who stars as vampire hunter Van Helsing."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
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