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Dracula Prince Of Darkness (1966)

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Status: Released

Category: Film

Release date: January 9, 1966 (UK - Theatrical)

Genre: Gothic Horror

Language: English

Running time: 90 mins

Directed by: Terence Fisher

Written by: Anthony Hinds, Jimmy Sangster

Produced by: Anthony Nelson Keys

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Whilst vacationing in the Carpathian Mountain, two couples stumble across the remains of Count Dracula's castle. The Count's trusted servant kills one of the men, suspending the body over the Count's ashes so that the blood drips from the corpse and saturates the blackened remains. The ritual is completed, the Count revived and his attentions focus on the dead man's wife who is to become his partner; devoted to an existence of depravity and evil.


Barbara Shelley as Helen Kent


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12 Nov 2012, 2:57pm

I had the pleasure of watching this on Blu-ray recently and, after remembering the last time I saw it on the BBC many moons ago through a haze of static, it was a revelation. OK, there's no Peter Cushing in it, but Andrew Keir is brillant anyway, as he booms his way through the picture. It couldn't be more gothic if it had the words GOTHIC stamped on it - there's the mysterious castle and occupants, shadowy figures at night, peasants who don't talk about the castle and Barbara Shelley, just waiting to get bitten - she makes for a very alluring vampiress! Modern horror fans may find it a bit too atmospheric (read 'boring'), but who cares about them anyway? This is for fans of true gothic horror The Blu Ray is basically the final word for this film as it has an amazing picture quality and luscious colours and is 2.35:1. Excellent stuff!