The Brides of Dracula

The Brides of Dracula

Terence Fisher (1960)

82min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
While Christopher Lee worried about typecasting, Hammer went ahead anyway with this sequel in name only to its huge 1958 hit Dracula. Anaemic David Peel as Baron Meinster is a poor substitute for Lee's more full-blooded undead Count, but that's the only point of contention in a classic Terence Fisher-directed shocker. The marvellous atmosphere drips with a lingering Gothic ghoulishness, the sexuality is remarkably upfront for its time, and the climax set in the shadow of a moonlit windmill is the stuff of fairy-tale nightmare.

Summary

A naive teacher at a girls' school frees a baron being kept chained up by his domineering mother. She is unaware he is a real vampire, who now intends to prey on her pupils - but fortunately, renowned vanquisher of the undead Dr Van Helsing is on hand to thwart his plans. Hammer horror, starring Peter, Cushing, Yvonne Monlaur and David Peel.

Cast & Crew

Dr Van Helsing Peter Cushing
Baroness Meinster Martita Hunt
Marianne Yvonne Monlaur
Greta Freda Jackson
Baron Meinster David Peel
Dr Tobler Miles Malleson
Herr Lang Henry Oscar
Frau Lang Mona Washbourne
Gina Andrée Melly
Hans Victor Brooks
Director Terence Fisher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD
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