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The Brides of Dracula Reviews

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April 19, 2013
Not a bad Dracula film, with some.. very interesting ideas, but the ideas don't hide the fact that this feels a reel too short, like it seems to be missing more. A mother keeps her son chained to the wall. Why? A young school teacher finds out the hard way why this is after she unchains him. Luckily, Dr Von Helsing is around to help out. I would have liked to see more of the vampire story, and maybe less of the brides. It just seems rather incomplete.
February 7, 2013
From Hammer, in the early 1960's, Hollywood came calling to this small studio, and they answered to Universal Pictures, who wanted them to do a sequel to Hammer, with Christopher Lee not wanting to return to the role of Dracula (yet), Hammer decided to do one with Van Helsing. It was still successful, and it's a very lavish film thanks to the talents of Hammer veteran director Terence Fisher. In Transylvania, Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur), has come from Paris to take a position at a girls school belonging to Herr Lang (Henry Oscar) and his wife Frau Lang (Mona Washbourne). However, Marianne is invited to spend the night of the mansion of Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt), who has a son, Baron Meinster (David Peel) is locked up in a room, but Marianne sets the Baron free and he goes around as a creature of the night. By sheer luck, Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) has arrived in town, and he hears about what's going on, and he investigates what might be the cause, his worst fears are confirmed, as he's not long faced vampires. It's a very rich looking film with good colour and some grand and well designed sets. Cushing is as good as ever, and the rest of the cast do good too, it's the missing link between Dracula (1958) and Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), and it's well worth a look.
January 31, 2013
A beautiful young schoolteacher is seduced by the charming Baron Meinster, never knowing that he is one of Dracula's many servants. Luckily for her, Doctor Van Helsing has set out to Castle Meinster to stop the vampire lord before he can spread his evil throughout the land. Hammer's first sequel in the DRACULA series lacks the Count altogether, but for a few brief references throughout the film. Christopher Lee's reluctance to reprise the role does not prevent director Terence Fisher from turning out another successful vampire picture, with much due (of course) to Peter Cushing's ongoing performance as Doctor Van Helsing. The film features many inspired moments, including a suspenseful scene where one of the vampire's intended victims stares tremblingly into her empty bedside mirror as the camera slowly creeps back to reveal the fanged Baron. Featuring a rousing score by Malcolm Williamson, more lavish set designs by Bernard Robinson, and another outstanding cast, BRIDES OF DRACULA serves as another excellent entry in the Hammer vault.
½ December 22, 2012
An overlooked Hammer with some of the best screams in film history.
½ November 3, 2012
A lost diamond that lacks Christopher Lee. It proves instead that Peter Cushing is the man.
½ October 19, 2012
The sequel, sort of, starring a different vampire, to the Horror of Dracula, by the same director.
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!
October 8, 2012
Much like Universal's Dracula's Daughter, Hammer's Brides of Dracula sidesteps the titular vampire and turns its focus on Van Helsing. In sharp contrast to Edward Van Sloan's elderly vampire hunter, Peter Cushing is all energy and cool throwing himself into the role once again with his trademark physicality. Watch for Cushing taking a leap near the end of the picture at the windmill and you'll see an example of the rough and tumble approach he brought to the best of his parts. When Cushing is not throwing around his aristocratic charm around, he's pulling on ropes and dashing tables thrown at him. As always its tremendous fun to watch the actor in his prime dueling it out with the forces of evil. Sadly the vampire here is sorely lacking in presence when compared to Christopher Lee from the original film. Although he starts off quite eerie in how he tricks Marianne into letting him out of his prison, he never really convinces as someone who will outwit Van Helsing. More formidable is Freda Jackson as the dementedly loyal Greta. Jackson cackles, howls and hisses her way through one of the most memorable parts in the movie. Yvonne Monlaur brings a good mix of looks and innocence to the part, and she manages to hold interest during the first half of the movie. The early half with Marianne falling into the trappings of this Gothic story and trying to figure out what is going on is a nice change of pace from the standard damsel in distress these Dracula movies usually cast the women in. However once Van Helsing makes the scene, Marianne becomes vampire bait and her character loses interest fast. The finale staged at the windmill is unique for the mix of fire and holy water to combat vampire bites and the later the use of the windmill itself to form a giant cross. For fans of Cushing this is a good movie to look out for. Its a shame Hammer didn't really bring Van Helsing back again while Cushing was still at his peak.
September 27, 2012
'The Brides of Dracula' is an insanely entertaining, well made and scary film starring the ever-so-brilliant Peter Cushing and directed by the horror master Terrence Fisher.
September 16, 2012
I didn't approve of several of the plot holes in the film, first off if the film brought back the idea that vampire could turn into bats, why didn't our tied up vampire turn himself into a bat to escape the shackle. Also what happened to the two "brides" at the end! Overall though it was an interesting film, with some interesting moments, but just didn't stand out like the first!
½ September 15, 2012
What a cheesy movie! It was entertaining... but so cheesy! Both Dracula and Dr. Van Helsing were such weaklings. The music was good and the sets were great, but the acting could have been so much better. The first half of the movie was gripping, and the second half just kinda petered out. The brides of Dracula were a little scary looking in a few parts... so, I wouldn't recommend the movie to kids. But overall, it was just plain entertaining.
September 14, 2012
I am going to skip this one.
September 12, 2012
The magical film features the Hammer´s best elements: gorgeous color cinematography and lush atmospheric sets making fabulous backdrop to the Gothic fairytale. Young rotter has became a vampire for his cruelty and "wicked games" and Van Helsing must stop him.
½ September 2, 2012
should have had Christopher Lee
July 11, 2012
I was dissapointed that lee wasn't in this one but we still got Crushing the film douse tend to go slow but some of it is good it has a good plot and this is just an ok film not better then the first so I didn't have high hopes for the 3rd but I was wrong
½ July 5, 2012
standard Hammer production always fun.
½ June 18, 2012
Under appreciated Hammer horror offering. One of my personal favorite fang flicks.
May 27, 2012
Though it lacks Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, it makes up for that by thrusting Peter Cushing's Van Helsing into the forefront, in the process creating a downright swashbuckling spookfest. The atmosphere is thick, the story relatively unique (at the very least, it offers a welcome change of pace from the standard Dracula plots), and the tone is well-calibrated, embracing the macabre elements that were Hammer's stock and trade, while also livening things up a bit with an adventurous sensibility. Certainly not as sinister as some of the other films in this series, but it is a lot of fun.
April 17, 2012
Peter Cusing , cool ending
February 25, 2012
The first half and second half do not seem like the same movie. In part because Greta totally disappears and Marianne completely forgets she saw the Baroness killed by her vampire son. Cushing is pretty amazing as Van Helsing - especially while explaining how vampires are just an anti-christian cult that spreads like a disease. OH and David Peel is horrible as the vampire. Terrible. Not to mention the fact that the titular brides do very little but rise out of coffin then look on as Cushing cures his vampire bite with a hot poker and holy water.
February 8, 2012
Hammer Films & Director Terence Fisher Re-united To Produce Brides Of Dracula. This Is An Excellent Follow-Up Made Richly In Colour, The Film Itself Suffers Due To The Fact That Dracula Isn't Featured, This Was Down To The Fact That Christopher Lee, Was Not Interested In Making Any More Dracula Films For The Time Being. Instead We Have A Young Blonde Baron (David Peel) Providing The Vampiric Threat. An Unsuspecting French Teacher (Yvonne Monlaur), Sets The Young Baron Free From His Chains & Soon After People Are Becoming Vampires. Peter Cushing Appears As Dr. Van Helsing To Save The Day Once Again.
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