Horror of Dracula

Year: 1958
Production Co: Hammer Film Productions
Director: Terence Fisher
Writer: Jimmy Sangster/Bram Stoker
Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Alfred Gough
In modern movie marketing parlance this was a 'reimagining', taking the characters from Stoker's immortal novel and reduxing them into a cool new plot that cast them all in very different lights.

And it's all done in the inimitable (read: cheap and corny) Hammer style that has a charm all its own.

Harker is a vampire hunter who's come to Castle Dracula to put the evil undead Count (Lee) in his grave for good. When he stakes one of the Count's enslaved brides but fails to get the Count, Dracula promptly dispatches Harker and goes after his fiancé to turn her into one of his minions.

But Harker's friend van Helsing (Cushing) has an inkling of what's happened and may now be happening to Mina and vows to put a stop to it.

If you look beyond the frames of film you can see the roughshod modus operandi of one of England's most enduring production houses - it seems they had access to a small European castle for a few weeks and apparently writer Jimmy Sangster was knocking out the screenplay between lunch breaks while Cushing and Lee stalked around the place trying to look scary, but everyone mostly looking like tits.

The original 'so bad it's good' cinema.

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