Dracula (1958)

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Dracula (1958)
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Genre: Horror

Suspense
Thriller
Monster
Slasher

Photography: Color
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: May 8, 1958
Directed by: Terrence Fisher
Written by: Jimmy Sangster
Distributed by: Rank Organization (United Kingdom)

Universal International (United States)

Starring: Michael Gough

Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Melissa Stribling
Carol Marsh

Previous film: N/A
Next film: The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (1974)


Dracula, also known in some places as Horror of Dracula, is a 1958 horror, slasher, suspense, thriller, monster movie.  It was directed by Terrence Fisher, written by Jimmy Sangster, musically composed by James Bernard, filmed by Jack Asher, edited by Bill Lenny, distributed by Rank Organization in the United Kingdom and Universal Internation in the United States, produced by Anthony Hinds and Hammer Studios, and starred Michael Gough, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Melissa Stribling, and Carol Marsh.  This movie ended up getting eight sequels, The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula:  Prince of Darkness (1966), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), Draucla A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satantic Rites of Dracula (1973), and The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (1974).  

Why It Rocks

  1. Christopher Lee has gone down in history as the second-best Dracula, right behind Bela Lugosi.  
  2. This is a landmark for horror films, as it was the first time that the classics were brought back with color, sex, and blood.  
  3. Peter Cushing also does a fantastic job portraying Van Helsing.  
  4. The final confrontation between Dracula and Van Helsing is one of the greatest and most iconic fight scenes with good versus evil ever put on film.  
  5. Incredible special effects. The best are at the very end, when we get to see Dracula decay due to the sunlight.  
  6. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing also have fantastic good vs. evil chemistry in the movie.

Reception

Dracula has a 91% critic rating and a 80% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.6/5 on Letterboxd, and a 7.4/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB).  

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