Dracula: Prince of Darkness
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Hammer's second outing for the notorious vampire after their hugely successful Dracula (1958), with Christopher Lee returning as the demonic Count. Here he is revived by a devoted servant using the blood of an unwary guest and so begins… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 12, 1966
DVD Release Date: May 26, 1998
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

The thrills do not arise sufficiently smooth out of atmosphere.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

Apart from one or two welcome innovations -- notably the sort of Instant Vampire recipe by which Dracula is resuscitated, and his final destruction by drowning rather than by the usual procedures -- this is the same old hash as before.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's an effective bit of Hammer horror, boasting the expected atmospherics, period trappings, literary conceits and, yes, buxom beauties.

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David Pirie
Time Out

Full of the sensual mysteriousness which Hammer used to achieve so effortlessly during their long occupation of Bray Studios.

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Film4

Lee's red-eyed stare is suitably baleful and the fangs slightly more convincing than in the original.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

Once Dracula is up and about, the script can't find much for him to do, but there are spirited performances from Shelley, as an uptight bourgeois who becomes a sensual vampire hoyden, and Kier, as a gun-toting monk who fills in for Van Helsing.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This is a text-book example of top-grade ghoulish horror from Hammer's golden era.

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TV Guide

[A] routine scare production from Hammer.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Average made Hammer horror pic about Dracula's resurrection.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
'Dracula: Prince of Darkness' opens with an iris-shaped recap of the previous film and this is arguably the most fearsome, canny and opulently mounted… More
David Ladd
This film is not quite the kind of sheer perfection that you find in "Horror Of Dracula" or " The Brides Of Dracula" but is a good 3rd film… More
Michael Gildea
Dracula-Prince of Darkness isn't a bad movie about the world's most famous vampire, but its definitely not the greatest either. Having Terence Fisher… More
Stephen M
Second sequel to "Dracula" which picks up where that film left off. It even begins with the final fight between Dracula and Van Helsing, a misty halo… More
Cassandra Maples
Dracula (Christopher Lee) rides again in yet another Hammer entry in the Dracula franchise. This film is enjoyable horror hokum, but it has an awfully shallow… More
Adam M.
Sequel to the seminal Horror of Dracula. A family end up staying at an old castle despite being warned of what might be in there. Obviously its not long before… More