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5 October 2007

'Dracula' returns this Halloween

(updated 22/10/07)

The British Film Institute (BFI) marks the 50th anniversary of Hammer Horror this Halloween with the re-release of

Dracula

(1958), in an all-new restoration.

Dracula unleashed Christopher Lee as the vampire Count for the first time, pitted against Peter Cushing as the heroic Van Helsing and in turn cementing one of horror cinema's enduring onscreen partnerships.  Hammer's version would be the first adaptation of the Stoker novel to be filmed in colour. Director Terence Fisher's cinematic masterpice sensationally emphasising the dual aspects of sex and violence present in the story.

The film became an international success, establishing Lee as an unlikely sex symbol and heralding a new age of British horror and Hammer as the leader in the global horror field.

A deeply satisfying big screen experience is promised from Fisher's horror classic from the opening titles (blood dripping on a conspicuous coffin) through to the dynamic and gripping finale.

Dracula is re-released from a restored print from the BFI National Archive. Selected previews around the UK and Ireland on 31st October, with openings from 2nd November 2007.

The Cineworld chain will be previewing the film on 31st October (click here for details).

Dracula screenwriter Jimmy Sangster will be introducing the special BFI IMAX screening on 31st October. A perfect Halloween treat for London-based Hammer fans.

The Horrorthon festival in Dublin will be hosting a preview at the IFI on Sunday 28th October. Hammer scholar Robert Simpson will be introducing the screening.

A list of venues and dates is available on the BFI website: www.bfi.org.uk/dracula

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