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Horror of Dracula (1958)

Dracula (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 16 June 1958 (UK)
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Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bram Stoker (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Doctor Van Helsing
Christopher Lee ... Dracula / Count Dracula
Michael Gough ... Arthur Holmwood
Melissa Stribling ... Mina Holmwood
Carol Marsh Carol Marsh ... Lucy Holmwood
Olga Dickie ... Gerda
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Jonathan
Valerie Gaunt Valerie Gaunt ... Vampire Woman
Janina Faye ... Tania (as Janine Faye)
Barbara Archer Barbara Archer ... Inga
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Doctor Seward
George Merritt ... Policeman
George Woodbridge ... Landlord
George Benson George Benson ... Official
Miles Malleson ... Marx - Undertaker
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Storyline

After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost. Written by Anonymous

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Every night he rises from his coffin-bed silently to seek the soft flesh, the warm blood he needs to keep himself alive! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film takes place in 1885. See more »

Goofs

The scar burned into Mina's palm by the cross changes its appearance completely when it is seen for a second time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jonathan Harker: [narrating his diary] The Diary of Jonathan Harker... Third of May, 1885. At last, my long journey is drawing to its close. What the eventual end will be, I cannot foresee. But whatever may happen, I can rest secure that I will have done all in my power to achieve success.
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Alternate Versions

The UK censor took exception to the erotic quality of the film and the key scene when Mina is bitten by Dracula and seen to enjoy the experience was cut and alternative footage substituted. The staking of Lucy had the gore removed. The female vampire biting Harker had the actual bite removed making the scene look as if he pushed her away before being bitten. The final disintegration scene was trimmed with footage of Dracula pulling his face apart removed. This was the version released internationally. The staking cut was found in a US print and restored. The last three reels of a Japanese uncut print were found in shocking condition but with a lot of restoration allowed audiences again to see Mina in ecstasy and Dracula disintegrating in full: these additions are not seamless however and are of a lower quality than the rest of the film. This version was released in the UK in 2012 with a 12 certificate and several years later in the US unrated. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Svengoolie: Island of Terror (2014) See more »

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A must-see Classic!
31 July 2019 | by Andy6317See all my reviews

Christopher Lee is spectacular as Dracula, Possibly the best portrayal of the character to date. The film has aged well all things considered, it's not the scariest movie out there of course but it doesn't need to be. A truly enjoyable watch with a great cast.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula 1958 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP81,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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