You can’t have Halloween without one of it’s most iconic characters. The Dark Lord of the Vampires himself, Dracula! There are horror movies and then there are Hammer Horror movies. Sure you can pick up any old Dracula film and pretty much get the same story but you won’t get the polish and the enchantment of the legendary actors of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Something about the care of director Terence Fisher in the film and the special effects and setting. This would be the first in a long line of Hammer Horror Dracula films to introduce our Halloween Spotlight for the week: Dracula!
Dracula was directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster and is of course based on Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. This is the first in the series of Hammer Horror inspired films of Dracula. Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, and Melissa Stribling. In the United States, Hammer studios renamed the film Horror of Dracula to avoid confusion with the early 1931 film with Bela Lugosi. The film was also double billed with The Thing That Couldn’t Die.
It was Christopher Lee’s portrayal of Dracula that brought the image of the fanged vampire into our pop culture. So please enjoy it this film in it’s Technicolor glory, The Horror of Dracula!