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The Brides of Dracula Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ October 31, 2017
Peter Cushing's second outing in a Hammer Dracula film as Van Helsing, the main protagonist and vampire hunter. Terence Fisher's The Brides of Dracula features a romantic and lustful subplot amidst vampires rising from the grave and alot of screaming - a standard affair for a Dracula outing, making it a successful one too. The characters are interesting and charismatic enough to carry the film, asides from the slightly irritating main character of Marianne. The script may lack the enthusiasm of the predecessor's juicy subject material, however what the film lacks in real invention it makes up for in beautiful scenery and a Gothic atmosphere that will continue to attract Hammer fans for decades.
½ October 29, 2017
Solid Hammer Horror follow-up to their first Dracula picture, "Horror of Dracula." Christopher Lee is sadly absent from this sequel, but Peter Cushing is back as Professor Van Helsing. Instead of fighting Count Dracula, Van Helsing fights Dracula's many "brides" and his disciple Baron Meinster. Directed by Hammer regular Terence Fisher, he brings plenty of spooky atmosphere to the picture, as well as Hammer's usual dose of blood and heaving bosoms. SPOILER ALERT! I did quite enjoy the film's finale where The Count's disciple is killed by the shadow of a windmill that forms a cross, which was a terrific visual and also something of a nice nod to the finale of the original Universal version of "Frankenstein."
October 17, 2017
Another unique Hammer production which some may call it a sequel to their Hammer's previous hit "Horrors of Dracula" starring Peter Cushing returning to the role as Dr. Van Helsing investigating and stumbling on to a French instructor, Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur) on her way to her new job.
August 27, 2017
A decent Hammer affair. While it's nothing reinventing the wheel, it plays through the tropes effectively enough. Would've been much better with Lee as the head vampire though...
½ October 7, 2016
A beautiful looking film that is expertly made. Cushing is on top of his game, as usual. The only thing that detracts is the lack of Christopher Lee.
½ October 2, 2016
This Hammer sequel to their initial "Dracula" adaptation, suffers from the same problem that Universal's Dracula films suffered from, namely the lack of the actual character of Dracula. Without Christopher Lee, the film loses something, even with the return of Cushing as Van Helsing, the film still feels as if it is only half of a Dracula movie. As it is, it is an okay, but not great vampire picture. But not having Lee or even a recast Dracula just leaves you wanting.
Super Reviewer
½ February 1, 2016
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.
January 29, 2016
WOW......WOW......WOW......WOW.....WHAT A MOVIE.......I HAVE JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH.......ITS GOT A GOOD CAST OF ACTORS/ACTRESSES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......I think that peter cushing (.R.I.P.), martita hunt (.R.I.P.), Yvonne monlaur, Freda Jackson (.R.I.P.), david peel (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie.......I think that the director of this classics/horror movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie....I think that peter cushing is absolutely brilliant throughout this movie......

Christopher Lee says he refused to reprise his role as Dracula in a sequel. Hammer commissioned Jimmy Sangster to write a sequel script, Disciple of Dracula, with Dracula only making a cameo and the rest of the film about an acolyte of the vampire. This script was rewritten by Peter Bryan to remove references to Dracula, although Van Helsing was added. The script was then rewritten by Edward Percy.
"My own personal involvement in a film like Brides was always 100 percent, not because I felt it to be my duty but because I felt very strongly that the pictures were mine. No doubt Terry [Fisher] thought they were his and Jimmy Sangster thought they belonged to him. And Peter C knew they were his." - Producer Anthony Hinds
Most of the interior shots were done at Bray Studios. The exterior shooting locations were in nearby Black Park and Oakley Court.
The ending was to have originally had the vampires destroyed by a swarm of bats released from hell by an arcane ritual. This ending was rejected by Peter Cushing, who claimed that Van Helsing would never resort to the use of black magic. The concept of this ending was used three years later for the climax of Hammer's The Kiss of the Vampire.
Christopher Lee was approached to reprise his role as Dracula for this film but turned it down and the script was reshaped by Jimmy Sangster.
Jimmy Sangster, director Terence Fisher and Peter Cushing were reportedly involved in rewriting the script


Brides of Dracula holds a score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. The famous Spanish cult film director Jesus Franco credits this film as the one that inspired him to enter the horror film genre in 1961, resulting in his highly acclaimed The Awful Dr. Orloff.


A paperback novelization of the film by Dean Owen was published by Monarch Books in 1960, and features:
an entire subplot about a character named Latour, a townsman who serves the Meinster estate;
a subplot where Van Helsing and Marianne fall in love and have sex;
the climax features a "black magic" ceremony where Dr. Van Helsing summons a swarm of vampire bats to destroy Baron Meinster for violating "the vampire code"...drinking the blood of his own mother and turning her into a vampire. This ending was not used in the film but it was used as the climax of the 1962 Hammer horror classic, "Kiss of the Vampire". In its climax, Professor Zimmer (played by Clifford Evans) performs the ceremony and the bats attack Castle Ravna and the vampires that are there.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases A region 1 DVD edition of the film (in a two double-sided disc box set, along with seven other Hammer classics originally distributed by Universal International) was released on 6 September 2005.
A region 2 DVD edition of the film was released on 15 October 2007.
A region B Blu-ray/DVD Double Play was released on August 26, 2013. This release was somewhat controversial among fans as the original aspect ratio was overcropped from 1.66 to 2.0.

I think that this is such a highly entertaining movie 2 watch, its got such a fantastic cast throughout this movie.......I think that this is such a great movie 2 watch, its got a brilliant cast throughout this movie.....I think that this is such a great classics movie 2 watch with such a fantastic cast throughout this movie........
½ January 26, 2016
Gothic and visually voluptuous. Peter Cushing proves once again that he is an unheralded badass.
December 29, 2015
It's kind of amazing how well this film ends up working given it's pretty awful script. The first act is great, but given what happens in this first part, it's incomprehensible that Yvonne Monlaur's Marianne could be so unbelievably stupid in the rest of the film. The impressive cast, in particular Freda Jackson who is just amazing, save the film despite it's narrative weaknesses, which in addition to Marianne's idiocy include a climax full of jaw-droppingly arbitrary plot contrivances.
October 1, 2015
The epitome of a vampire movie, a gothic movie, and a good movie in general. A classic. A classic classic. The best of the Hammer Horror Dracula film series, and it doesn't even have Dracula in it. Peter Cushing is amazing. You must watch. Buy some candles, turn off all the lights, let the moonlight in, and watch.
May 22, 2015
Brilliantly lush visuals and atmosphere, interesting story and strong cast make this refreshingly old-fashioned gem.
½ May 11, 2015
Not a memorable as Horror of Dracula, even still, it's a pretty entertaining vampire flick. Cushing is the highlight since Lee isn't here, but the other cast members are pretty good too. The plot isn't too smooth, but it's easy enough to follow.
March 8, 2015
Hammer Gothic goodness. Peter Cushing kills it as Dr Van Helsing
February 9, 2015
Although Christopher Lee is sadly absent, Hammer still manages to put on a pretty good show. Dracula has been vanquished (in an earlier film) but his minions still infest Transylvania. With excellent gothic sets and costumes, this rather minimal tale of a young teacher in training almost falling prey to one of Dracula's heirs (whose mother procures for him) has enough new angles to keep even the most jaded vampire watcher interested. But it is still just what you'd expect and nothing much more - Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) saves the day (just barely). Worth a look if you are trawling for this sort of thing (that is, on the right side of the line for Hammer).
½ February 7, 2015
Not excatley a tour de force like Dracula was, but there is still something to love about this film!
November 12, 2014
well crafted hammer horra
August 5, 2014
Brilliantly lush color, scenery and atmosphere, superlative cast and great fun. Much better than these modern attempts.
February 5, 2014
One of the best damn Hammer Horror films I have seen to date, and a worthy follow-up to my favorite HORROR OF DRACULA. All of the major talent of the first film (sans Christopher Lee) is back here, and is appreciated most notably in the form of a moody Jimmy Sangster script, stylized direction by Hammer heavyweight Terence Fisher and another unbelievably suave performance by Peter Cushing as the legendary Dr. Van Helsing- one of my favorite actor-to-part marriages in all of cinema. Hammer was always pushing boundaries, and here they take the raw sexuality and gothic violence of the first film a step further. But what i love most about this sequel is its set design, which is beautiful and creepy all at once, and which is used so effectively and directly to tell this story. the mise-en-scene is quite different than that of the first film, and I sank deeply into these shadowy village and castle sequences. It's escapist horror of the highest order.
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