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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dracula: Prince Of Darkness (1966)

Starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer
Directed by Terence Fisher
(actor & director credits courtesy

After perishing in the sunlight, Dracula's ashes are kept by his faithful servant and ten years later, he lures two vacationing couples to Dracula's castle to resurrect the Count.

This was the second sequel to Hammer Films' 1958 hit Horror Of Dracula, but the first to feature Christopher Lee reprising his role as the undead count, who strangely has no dialogue in the film, but nevertheless turns in a memorable animal-like performance.  Director Terence Fisher, who helmed both of the previous films, returns, and delivers another atmospheric vampire tale with horror effectively built through deadly quiet sequences on the soundtrack and suspenseful pacing.  And behind the scenes, the excellent Hammer production crew contribute strong work in the areas of production design, music, and costuming.

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