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Dracula - Prince of Darkness
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Two English couples dare to go travelling through the Carpathian mountains in this superior horror film, one of the best in the Hammer Dracula series. Veteran horror director Terence Fisher brings out the innate sexuality in the tightly plotted story and Christopher Lee is awesome as the dreaded count, despite having no dialogue. The gruesome sequence where the infamous bloodsucker is resurrected in a perverse religious ritual still retains its shock value, with scream queen Barbara Shelley's demise just as memorable. Andrew Keir is no real substitute for Peter Cushing (glimpsed in the prologue lifted from the studio's 1958
blockbuster), but in every other respect this is a text-book example of top-grade ghoulish horror from Hammer's golden era.
The undead count is revived by the blood of an English tourist, who was lured with his wife and two friends to Dracula's remote Carpathian castle by his butler. Now wanting his victim's widow for his bride, he pursues her to a monastery, where she has sought sanctuary - but reckons without the intervention of a brave clergyman. Hammer horror, with Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews and Philip Latham.
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Hammer Film Prods Ltd
Contains some violence.
video, DVD and Blu-ray
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