Dracula - Prince of Darkness

Dracula - Prince of Darkness

Terence Fisher (1965)

X Certificate


Our Score
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 Dracula 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.

Cast & Crew

Count Dracula Christopher Lee
Helen Kent Barbara Shelley
Father Sandor Andrew Keir
Charles Kent Francis Matthews
Diana Kent Suzan Farmer
Alan Kent Charles Tingwell
Ludwig Thorley Walters
Brother Mark Walter Brown
Klove Philip Latham
Landlord George Woodbridge
Director Terence Fisher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Hammer Film Prods LtdGuidance: Contains some violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray