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The Brides of Dracula (1960)

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Hammer Films and director Terence Fisher followed the excellent Horror of Dracula with this well-made, richly-colored sequel which suffers only from the conspicuous lack of Dracula himself -- since Horror's Christopher Lee had declined participation in further Dracula sequels for the time being. In his stead, we have young, blond Baron Meinster (David Peel) providing the requisite vampiric threat. Though imprisoned in the family estate by his mother, Meinster is released from his silver chains

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Sep 6, 2005

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Patchy but striking, and directed with Fisher's usual flair.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Here is but another repetition of the standard tale of the vampire bugaboo who likes to sink his oversized dentures into the necks of pretty girls.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Chilling special effects highlight a rather gory production.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The film features the familiar elements (beautiful color cinematography, lavish sets, solid writing, strong performances), making this a worthy heir to its predecessor.

October 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

If it isn't as iconic and elemental as its predecessor, that's no reflection on how well it works as a vampire entertainment on its own...an unusually original way to continue the closed-off story of Bram Stoker's novel.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

When the story lags (and it often does), at least you have copious eye candy to feast on.

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

While the plot is over the top and certainly contrived, there are enough spooky sequences to keep horror fans occupied.

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

Fisher directs with characteristic fluency, and the cast is splendid.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Kind of Dracula Meets Tennessee Williams.

May 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

"lusty vampire romp"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

One of the better horror films put out by the schlock Hammer studio.

May 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Brides of Dracula

Peter Cushing is awesome as ever, but I was disappointed that Christopher Lee wasn't the vampire this time. The story is good, but the other actors, especially the lead girl, weren't. Overall, it's a pretty good movie, but it could have been better.
April 6, 2011
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Baron Meinster (David Peel) picks up where Christopher Lee's Dracula last left off. The Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt) has an interesting little scheme working for her, she plays the evil little spinster while picking up to stray ladies to feed to her vampire son. The Baroness tries to keep him safe at the castle by locking him up but when he puts the moves on a lovely French school teacher passing through to her destination. Only one man can rescue the countryside and that man is Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing}.

Peel is an interesting choice as the lead vampire. Handsome and charming he's basically the complete opposite of Chris Lee's Dracula. He also lacks the intensity but at least Cushing pops in to pick up the slack. The production design is on par with nearly all Hammer productions. You may say that their films are a bit stuffy but I say that is part of their charm. The company made Gothic horror and they did it well.
February 10, 2011
matertenebraum

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A early vampire film, which turns out to be excellent. A young girl is traveling thur Transylvania and while there she helps a young man escape the bonds and chains of his mother only to find out later he is a Vampire. 4 stars
October 21, 2010
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The majority of the film is standard Hammer vampire fare, but the ending was oddly anti-climactic.
August 27, 2010
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