Hammer Films: Dracula

Hammer Films produced several films in which Dracula (or a follower) appeared. The huge box office success of The Curse of Frankenstein led to the inevitable desire for a sequel in The Revenge of Frankenstein, and an attempt to give the Hammer treatment to another horror icon. Dracula had been a successful film character for Universal in the past, and the copyright situation was more complicated than for Frankenstein. A legal agreement between Hammer and Universal was not completed until March 31, 1958 – after the film had been shot – and was 80 pages long.

Hammer Films’ Dracula Series

Dracula (1958) The Brides of Dracula (1960) Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) Scars of Dracula (1970)
Dracula AD 1972 (1972) The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Dracula (1958)

Dracula (known as Horror of Dracula in the US) is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name. The first in the series of Hammer Horror films starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, this original also features Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing, along with Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, and John Van Eyssen.

As Count Dracula, Lee fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture.

Jonathan Harker takes employment with Count Dracula, ostensibly to catalog his vast library. In fact, he is on a mission to kill the Count, a vampire. Before he can do so however, the Count gains the upper hand and Harker soon finds himself as one of the walking dead. Dracula has taken an interest in Harker’s fiancée, Lucy Holmwood and it is left to Harker’s colleague, Dr. Van Helsing to protect her. He has difficulty convincing Lucy’s brother, Arthur Holmwood, of the dangers or even the existence of vampires. Soon, however, Arthur’s wife Mina is targeted by Count Dracula and he and Van Helsing race to find his lair before she is lost to them forever. [IMDb*]

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The Brides of Dracula (1960)

The Brides of Dracula is a British horror film made by Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Peter Cushing, David Peel, Freda Jackson, Yvonne Monlaur, Andrée Melly, and Martita Hunt.

The film is a sequel to Hammer’s original Dracula, though the vampires possess abilities denied to vampires in the previous film, much like those in the original novel. Dracula does not appear in the film (Christopher Lee would reprise his role in the 1966 film Dracula: Prince of Darkness) and is mentioned only twice, once in the prologue, once by Van Helsing.

A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily for some, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way. [IMDb*]

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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. It stars Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, and Barbara Shelley.

This was the third entry in Hammer’s Dracula series, and the second to feature Lee as the titular vampire.

Two couples traveling in eastern Europe decide to visit Karlsbad despite dire local warnings. Left outside the village by a coachman terrified at the approach of night, they find themselves in the local castle and are surprised at the hospitality extended by the sinister Klove. It turns out the owner, Count Dracula, dead for ten years, has been hoping for such a visit. [IMDb*]

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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), theatrical poster

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a British horror film directed by Freddie Francis for Hammer Films. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, with support from Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barry Andrews, Barbara Ewing, Ewan Hooper and Michael Ripper.

This was the fourth entry in Hammer’s Dracula series, and the third to feature Lee as the titular vampire.

One year after destroying Dracula, Monsignor returns to his castle in the mountains with the local priest to exorcise his castle. However, the priest accidentally resurrects Dracula and becomes his slave. Meanwhile Monsignor returns home in Keinenberg on the day of the birthday of his niece Maria, who lives with her mother Anna in his house. Maria is in love with the atheist Paul, who works with the waitress Zena in the bar owned by his friend Max where he also lives. Dracula decides to revenge on Monsignor and travels with the priest to Keinenberg. What will Dracula do next? [IMDb*]

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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)

Scars of Dracula (1970)

Dracula AD 1972 (1972)

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (1974)


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