Horror of Dracula | Chicago Reader

Horror of Dracula

Having hit the jackpot with The Curse of Frankenstein, Britain's Hammer Films updated another monster classic with this 1958 Dracula remake, which distinguished itself from earlier efforts with its dripping blood, bared fangs, women's cleavage, and compulsive gong banging on the soundtrack. This Grand Guignol treatment bowled people over in the 50s, and it still yields some potent shocks—the sudden cut to a rabid Christopher Lee in tight close-up during Dracula's first attack is particularly hair-raising. Peter Cushing carries most of the ho-hum script as Dr. Van Helsing, though the well-lit color photography, central to the Hammer formula, can't compare with the shadowy magnificence of Nosferatu (1922) or Dracula (1931). Terence Fisher directed.



  • Terence Fisher


  • Peter Cushing
  • Christopher Lee
  • Michael Gough
  • Melissa Stribling
  • Carol Marsh
  • John Van Eyssen
  • Miles Malleson
  • Valerie Gaunt
  • Charles Lloyd Pack
  • Janina Faye
  • Olga Dickie
  • George Woolbridge
  • Barbara Archer
  • George Benson


  • Anthony Hinds

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