Dracula Has Risen From the Grave Reviews
However, the film has many strengths as well. The acting is good, especially Ewan Hooper as the priest who becomes Dracula's servant and Barbara Ewing as the doomed barmaid. The scenes where Dracula "seduces" Maria are powerfully erotic, among the most effective of their kind. Veronica Carlson is unbelievable gorgeous. She ranks with Barbara Carrera, Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, and Elke Sommer as one of the most beautiful actresses in the history of cinema. Also, beloved Hammer character actor Michael Ripper has one of his largest roles as the proprietor of the bakery/bar where Paul and Zena work. The rooftops settings are well-used and unusual (though certainly not unprecedented).
"Dracula Has Risen From the Grave" is not in the same league as Hammer's best vampire efforts, like "Horror of Dracula" and "Kiss of the Vampire" but is well worth a viewing for Hammer fans.
The strong third enstallment of the Hammer-Lee-Dracula collaboration -- the first two being Terence Fisher's _Horror of Dracula_ (1957) and Fisher's sequel, _Dracula: Prince of Darkness_ (1965). (Yes, I know, there was Fisher's _Brides of Dracula_, but Dracula wasn't in it!)
Freddie Francis, an experienced and awarded cinematographer heads as director in _Dracula Has Risen From The Grave_, and it certainly shows. Whenever Dracula appears, the frame is surrounded by a warm, golden halo or aurora which constrasts nicely with the Count's elegantly flowing blackish cloak and his near imperturbable expressions. (It it an interesting visual metaphor for the Count's liminal metaphysical existence.) Salient is the Count's unbridled hatred and utter lack of mercy, and his insatiable lust for revenge (two traits conspicuously similar to the historical prince Dracula). More important than any historical references, are the spiritual ones, of which they're many in _Risen_. The confrontation with Dracula transforms the intelligent scholarly atheist, Paul, into a Christian (the play on the name "Paul" is not lost here). This reminds me very much of the similar spiritual conversion which occurs in _The Exorcist_, I think. Paradoxically, it is radical evil which leads one to God and his church.