The Brides of Dracula is a 1960 British Hammer Horror film directed by Terence Fisher from a screenplay by Anthony Hinds. It stars Peter Cushing, Yvonne Monlaur, Andrée Melly, Marie Devereux; David Peel and Martita Hunt.
The film is a sequel to Hammer’s original Dracula (USA: Horror of Dracula) (1958). Alternative working titles were Dracula 2 and Disciple of Dracula. Dracula does not appear in the film (Christopher Lee would reprise his role in the 1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness) and is mentioned only twice, once in the prologue, once by Van Helsing.
A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing, she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily for some, Van Helsing is already on his way…
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“Not the strongest Hammer work, The Brides of Dracula is still a worthy sequel to the Dracula films, and an interesting entry in the Fisher canon, reminding us just what this underrated director could do. Considering its low budget, it’s a remarkably accomplished piece of filmmaking. and it’s still highly watchable today.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
” …Terence Fisher at his best. The worst you can say is that it is a tad dated for today’s audience, but still a real beaut for those of us with an attention span longer than 20 seconds. A trifle deliberate with the pacing, Brides of Dracula is Hammer not quite at its very best, but doing very well indeed, thank you very much.” Mr. Intolerance, Digital Retribution
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“Patchy but striking, and directed with Fisher’s usual flair […] Hunt (the mother) and Jackson (a crazed retainer) are fun.” Time Out (London)
Cast and characters:
- Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing
- Martita Hunt as Baroness Meinster
- Yvonne Monlaur as Marianne
- Freda Jackson as Greta
- David Peel as Baron Meinster
- Miles Malleson as Doctor Tobler
- Henry Oscar as Herr Lang
- Mona Washbourne as Frau Lang
- Andree Melly as Gina
- Victor Brooks as Hans
- Fred Johnson as Cure
- Michael Ripper as the Coachman
- Norman Pierce as the Landlord
- Vera Cook as the Landlord’s wife
- Marie Devereux as the Village girl
- Michael Mulcaster [uncredited] as Latour
- Henry Scott [uncredited] as Severin
Production and release:
Shooting began for The Brides of Dracula on 16th January 1960 at Bray Studios. The film premièred at the Odeon, Marble Arch, in London, on 6th July 1960.
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