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08 Nov 2012, 8:49pm
This is a superb sequel to the original Dracula. The ever-excellent Peter Cushing takes a while to show up but when he does this film shifts into top gear. The plot involving a beautiful young woman travelling to Transylvania on her own (natch). to take up a post teaching at a girls school and her meeting with Baron Meinster and his (far more sinister) mother is par for the course but some of the touches here are genuinely spooky - padlocks fall from a locked coffin only to land on the floor still locked - or the creepy scene where the Baron's old nanny lies on top of a fresh grave and encourages the new vampire from her grave. Great stuff.
Related to: The Brides of Dracula (1960)
06 Mar 2012, 8:05pm
This film is a bit of a mess. It starts well enough - all the expected elements are here. The re-telling of the legend. The missing boot, the attack on Sir Henry( very different from the book by the way). We then head out to the Moor. Here things take a silly turn. Playing fast and loose with the original tale and ( Understandably) ramping up the gothic horror aspects of the tale the film veers off-course. The villain is changed. The Hound looks, frankly,laughable and the finale is a bit of a damp squib. Ok I love Peter Cushing Andre Morell etc. Even Christopher Lee is ok in a rare sympathetic role. Terence Fisher, usually so reliable, kind of drops the ball here. It may not be the prevailing view but I feel this movie is a disappointment.
Related to: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
08 Feb 2012, 5:38pm
I didn't enjoy this one. They assembled an amazing cast but Christopher Lee looks bored. The story was even more ridiculous than usual. The low budget restrictions all too evident on screen. Don Houghton, a great writer, seems to have been viewing too much Doomwatch/Doctor Who ( for which he wrote the brilliant 'Inferno'). Still, the film wins points for Peter Cushing's never less than brilliant performance as Van Helsing. After some iconic films in the series this just does not pass muster.
Related to: The Satanic Rites Of Dracula (1974)
15 Dec 2011, 10:56pm
Great movie Peter Cushing gives his best performance as the Baron.
The rape scene was misjudged I hear all involved were against it. The Baron was misguided, deluded and maybe mad but he was not a rapist.
Still an outstanding addition to the series.
Related to: Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
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