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Dracula: Prince of Darkness Details


Christopher Lee dons the evil Count's cloak once again after an 8-year hiatus for this first "authentic" sequel to Hammer Studios' Christopher Lee (the literal 1960 follow-up Christopher Lee did not feature Lee). The story begins when two stuffy vacationing couples make an ill-fated stopover at Castle Karlsbad in the Carpathian mountains -- despite the warnings of the mysterious Fr. Sandor (Andrew Keir) and the near-destruction of their coach when the terrified driver runs for his life. After a slightly tedious stretch, one of the men (Charles Tingwell) is sacrificed in a bloody Satanic ritual, orchestrated by the Count's loyal manservant Klove (Philip Latham) to bring the legendary vampire back to life. The revived Count immediately sets his sights on the man's wife (Barbara Shelley), making her his undead bride; the surviving pair seek refuge in Fr. Sandor's abbey, with the undead bloodsuckers in hot pursuit. This stylish and chilling production is imbued with Gothic atmosphere by director Terence Fisher (one of his last films for the studio) and remains one of the classier entries from Hammer's heyday. Also known as Terence Fisher. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi


Christopher Lee
as Dracula
Barbara Shelley
as Helen
Andrew Keir
as Father Sandor
Suzanne Farmer
as Diana
Charles "Bud" Tingwell
as Alan
Thorley Walters
as Ludwig
Philip Latham
as Klove
George Woodbridge
as Landlord
Jack Lambert
as Brother Peter
Joyce Hemson
as Mother
John Maxim
as Coach Driver


Terence Fisher
John Sansom
Anthony Hinds
James Needs
Bernard Robinson
Production Designer
Don Mingaye
Art Director
Roy Ashton