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Horror of Dracula

Posted by martinteller on September 16, 2009

With so much of it done in static medium shots, it feels a bit stagey and lacks the gothic creepiness of some of the other Dracula/Nosferatu tellings.  But what it does have is economy.  This film moves like gangbusters, and the fangs are out within the first 15 minutes.  Peter Cushing does a good job as Van Helsing, and Christopher Lee is naturally a terrific Dracula, although one wishes he had more lines.  There are of course the sexual undertones, but those are so ubiquitous in vampire stories that they’re hardly worth mentioning.  A pretty good score rounds out this fun (if not especially impressive) movie.  Rating: 7


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