The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Country: UK | Director: Terence Fisher
Language: English | Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 85mn
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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, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way.
Probably Hammer’s best horror, even though it doesn’t have Christopher Lee. But David Peel is equally formidable as an aristocratic young disciple, and Peter Cushing’s Dr Van Helsing is still the scourge of vampirism in Victorian Europe.
It all comes together in Brides of Dracula. Script, characterisation and acting (Cushing, Peel, Martita Hunt as the Baroness, Freda Jackson as Greta all splendid; even the comic turns – the inimitable Miles Malleson as a sceptical country doctor and Henry Oscar as pompous schoolmaster Herr Lang – are just perfect).
And its horrors, as directed by Terence Fisher, are sudden and violent. Bitten by Meinster, Cushing purges the wound with a red-hot branding iron, doused by holy water. But perhaps the single most macabre moment Hammer has ever devised is the scene where Greta sits astride a new grave like a hellish midwife, urging Meinster’s latest victim to rise out of her coffin.
Can Cushing save the village daughters from a fate worse than death? The stakes are high!