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 by an unsuspecting French teacher (Yvonne Monlaur), through which he gains access to a veritable smorgasbord of nubile wenches at a girls' school. Fortunately, master vampire killer Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is on the case. Besides featuring some of the best acting, photography and period detail of the Hammer Dracula series, this is also one of the first to delve into the more sexual aspects of vampirism, with implicit suggestions of incest, sadomasochism and homosexuality.
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Peter Cushing
as Dr. J. Van Helsing
David Peel
as Baron Meinster
Martita Hunt
as Baroness Meinster
Yvonne Monlaur
as Marianne Danielle
Miles Malleson
as Dr. Tobler
Henry Oscar
as Herr Lang
Mona Washbourne
as Frau Lang
Michael Ripper
as Coachman
Marie Devereux
as Village Girl
Marie Devereaux
as Village Girl
Vera Cook
as Landlord's Wife
Norman Pierce
as Landlord
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Critic Reviews for The Brides of Dracula

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

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

June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Chilling special effects highlight a rather gory production.

Full Review… | October 21, 2009
TV Guide

The film features the familiar elements (beautiful color cinematography, lavish sets, solid writing, strong performances), making this a worthy heir to its predecessor.

Full Review… | October 21, 2008

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 unusually original way to continue the closed-off story of Bram Stoker's novel.

Full Review… | October 4, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

September 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Brides of Dracula


A girls school in Transylvania becomes targeted by the son of you know who for you know what. Hammer Studios was churning these period pieces out like my grammar school math teacher assigned homework and, while there's certainly a just-one-more feel to the proceedings, quality does indeed show. In typical style, a lurid fantasy creepily told. Who builds a girls school in Translyvania anyway? Still better than the gore pieces done today.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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