The Brides of Dracula (1960)
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as Dr. J. Van Helsing
as Baron Meinster
as Baroness Meinster
as Marianne Danielle
as Dr. Tobler
as Herr Lang
as Frau Lang
as Village Girl
as Village Girl
as Landlord's Wife
Critic Reviews for The Brides of Dracula
Patchy but striking, and directed with Fisher's usual flair.
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.
Chilling special effects highlight a rather gory production.
The film features the familiar elements (beautiful color cinematography, lavish sets, solid writing, strong performances), making this a worthy heir to its predecessor.
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.
When the story lags (and it often does), at least you have copious eye candy to feast on.
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.
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.
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.
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