The Brides of Dracula Reviews
There's nothing wrong with the story of the film by itself. However, the result of little bloopers or mishaps is that it ends up looking a bit funny instead of gloomy. Some details don't work: like for instance, how come the baron has so clean and tidy clothes (tie and all) if he has been locked in that tomb for decades? The film is crisp colored and possibly remastered to look fantastic, but there are no more extras on the dvd in addition to the short trailer, nor has the dvd subtitles (I didn't need any, but someone might who does not understand english).
The mad laughing maid-servant is impressive, as is the always classic Peter Cushing. The film doesn't have so many effects. The silly bat effect is just ridiculous, wouldnt scare a small child, besides its obviously being hung from a rope or something because it bounces around in a funny fashion. I noticed the red eyes though. The "brides" have an obvious white cosmetic on, too.
The roles remain a bit superficial, but then again the film is a bit short, so it is not such a big problem. Unfortunately, the "new" Baron-vampire is not quite a match for Lee's more menacing Dracula. His acting well and all that, but he ends up hissing like a teapot where he should look dangerous and murderous. That is my impression, anyway.
I think that the film's only problem (in addition to the failed bat effect) is that it has such a quessable plot which, in the end, doesn't provide anything new despite the promising start which lets you expect a lot from the film. The end scene is the best in the film, and the start build the tension well. I got the feeling that something important was missing from the film, a scene which would have added depth or alternative an action scene.
A watchable film, but not quite on par with the first Dracula movie by the Hammer-studios. I liked it, but I have seen even better vampire films and better movies from Hammer-studios. Oh and a small detail: there is again a candelier being thrown at van Helsing. The vampires shall not win until they learn to use something heavier!