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Dracula: Prince Of Darkness

Sequel to Hammer’s 1958 original, which was more or less faithful to the novel and remembered for a climactic Peter Cushing Christopher Lee duel. This retread is rather less memorable, featuring a Harker-lite troupe of British bloodsacks who ignore the warnings of just about everybody in central Europe and decide to head up to that monstrously forbidding castle. Subsequent highlights include the inevitable rise of Dracula – not so much resurrected and gruesomely recombobulated – and Lee himself, who doesn’t arrive until past the halfway mark and doesn’t say a single word, but is still the best thing in the film by a neck or two.

This text originally appeared in Total Film magazine

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