Horror of Dracula
Horror of Dracula (1958)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 8, 1958
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Trading gore for grandeur, Horror of Dracula marks an impressive turn for inveterate Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, and a typical Hammer mood that makes aristocracy quite sexy.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This Grand Guignol treatment bowled people over in the 50s, and it still yields some potent shocks.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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.

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Peter Bradshaw

This Hammer classic will be good for a laugh, and some shivers.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Christopher Lee's Dracula is a menacing and complex presence who never lets his fangs and cape dominate.

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David Pirie
Time Out

Parts have worn less well.

Total Film

A gore-splattered melodrama steeped in menace, eroticism and repressed sexuality.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Bram Stoker's terrifying vampire creation becomes a modern classic in the adept hands of the House of Hammer.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

Photographed in colour by Britain's specialists in horror fantasy, this new adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic achieves effective climaxes, and the staging could hardly be better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
There are many reasons why a given film's reputation may be inflated or exaggerated in light of subsequent events. Whether through the impact it has on the… More
Aj V
Hammer's first Dracula movie. It's really very cool, it's slow and atmospheric, but Lee is so perfect as Dracula, I loved him.
Cassandra Maples
It's difficult to overestimate the significance of Dracula. Far more so than its predecessor, The Curse of Frankenstein, it set the tone for Hammer's… More
Mister Caple
Christopher Lee launched one of his signature roles as the bloodsucking count in the lavishly produced 1958 adaption of Bram Stoker's famous vampire yarn.… More
Chris Weber
This was the first film in Hammer's series devoted to updating Dracula, making variations that, unlike Universal, were filled with a bit more mature… More
Stella Dallas
who needs twilight when there's peter cushing and christopher lee! hammer rebooted dracula with a good dose of sex and most of the original story, minus… More