The Horror of Dracula (1958) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1958
  • Genre:  Vampire
  • Cast and crew: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Olga Dickie, John Van Eyssen, Valerie Gaunt, Janina Faye, Barbara Archer, Charles Lloyd Pack, George Merritt, George Woodbridge, George Benson, Miles Malleson
  • Director:  Terence Fisher
  • Screenwriter:  Bram Stoker, Jimmy Sangster

The Horror of Dracula (1958) Rating:

  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.4 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.9 / 10;

The Horror of Dracula (1958) Synopsis:

Following the death of his colleague at the hand of the notorious vampire Dracula, Doctor Van Helsing goes on to try and stop the bloodthirsty beast.

The Horror of Dracula (1958) Review:

Brought to us by the Hammer Productions, Horror of Dracula is very often revered as the best or at least the most notorious of all the Hammer movies. The story is loosely inspired by Bram’s Stroker novel’s Dracula, but instead of following it step by steps like the Nosferatu’s movies or the other Dracula movies, this one brings us a rather different story, very elaborated and filled with surprising bits.

The horror of Dracula is also the chance to see in action two of the greatest actors of the Hammer: Christopher Lee as Dracula, and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. Dracula himself is not seen so much in the movie, but the scenes where the attacks are haunting. In the other scenes, however, the ones where he just talks, I found this Dracula to be a lot less dark and menacing than the other famous ones (Bela Lugosi and his creepy Romanian accent is, for example, much more impressive). This, along with the usual theatrical aspect of the Hammer movies, makes it look a little like a cheap remake of the Dracula from the Universal Studio but doesn’t stop the magic from happening. Whether you’re a fan of horror from the Hammer or a novice to it, Horror of Dracula is one that will keep you entertained all along.

In the end, this version of the Dracula story might just lack a bigger budget and better special effects to be one of the best Dracula movies. Something that it anyway largely compensates by being one of the best Dracula alternative stories ever written, and by the fantastic pair of actors it features.


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