Christopher Lee has played Count Dracula a few times. He’s my personal favorite. The Dracula films were a staple of the Hammer series. The hammer films, for those unaware were from our friends over in London. They made many horror films like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and many many more. Unlike their American versions the Hammer Films were known for their blood and nudity. They also had a gothic look that to this day has never been duplicated. Dracula Prince of Darkness was there 3rd Dracula movie, and it’s regarded as one of their finest.
It’s a sequel to Hammers Dracula. In fact the film opens with the last few minutes of Dracula in which Van Helsing kills the Count. The story finds a family who, when their coach driver becomes terrified at night takes them to an old castle that just happens to be where Dracula resided. His Servant Klove still stays in the castle and welcomes the family in. He gets them rooms, and even dinner. However as the night progresses one of the men, Alan hears a noise and gets up to investigate. He finds Klove, but is killed by him. Klove takes his blood and mixes it with Count Dracula’s ashes to resurrect him.
Dracula rises and quickly claims a bride. He attacks the remaining two survivors but they manage to escape the castle and meet Father Sandor, a priest who still believes in the existence of vampires. Sandor and Charles must team up to stop Dracula, and his henchmen.
The film is slow, but not boring. It moves at a slow pace but it never gets dull. The acting is fantastic. Christopher Lee is by the best Dracula the silver screen has ever seen and he is in top form in this one. I especially enjoy the ending, as it’s different from most all other vampire films.
The atmosphere is beautiful. Sinister wooded areas, gothic castles, rundown buildings, the film is a sight to see. The score is fantastic and adds to the suspense. Hammer films always had a great look and this one is no exception. Throw in great performances by all the actors involved and you have a great atmospheric horror film in this one.
Presented by Scream Factory fans can now watch this classic on Blu-ray and with the fully uncut UK version of the film. The transfer is fantastic. Video and audio quality are once again second to none. Scream Factory has these transfers down to a science and this one is no exception. It’s also loaded with special features
· Two Versions! The UK Version And The U.S. Version
· NEW 4K Scan Of The Interpositive Of The US Version From The 20th Century Fox Vaults
· NEW Audio Commentary With Author Troy Howarth
· NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker Constantine Nasr And Writer/Producer Steve Haberman
· Audio Commentary With Cast Members Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews, And Barbara Shelley
· World Of Hammer Episode “Dracula And The Undead”
· Back To Black – The Making Of Dracula: Prince Of Darkness
· Super 8mm Behind-The-Scenes Footage
· Theatrical Trailers
· Still Gallery
A great film that you can now watch uncut and on Blu-ray what more can you ask for. A must own for any horror fan, And just creepy enough for the casual fan to enjoy. Go ahead and pick this one up today
Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars!