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The Brides of Dracula

Released Jul 7, 1960 1h 25m Horror List
78% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 62% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) drives a stake through the heart of a vampire baron (David Peel) who even bites his own mother (Martita Hunt). Read More Read Less
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Tom Milne Time Out Patchy but striking, and directed with Fisher's usual flair. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times Here is but another repetition of the standard tale of the vampire bugaboo who likes to sink his oversized dentures into the necks of pretty girls. Rated: 2/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Director Terence Fisher, working from a rather convoluted (and at times incomprehensible) script, makes his mark through a series of marvelous set pieces. Oct 15, 2022 Full Review David Hogan hoganreviews.co.uk Peter Cushing's Van Helsing is once again a commanding presence and carries the film on his back. A really enjoyable cheesy horror film. Rated: 4/5 Oct 24, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Several instances of lazy scripting further prevent this from attaining total success. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 14, 2020 Full Review Chris Alexander Alexander On Film Fisher directs like a bat out of hell, the movie looks sumptuous...Hammer at its best. Jul 24, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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babarizam D The French girl was so irritating that every other characters faded away. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/23/24 Full Review Ryan Great Hammer Horror with beautiful looking Brides. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/13/24 Full Review DanTheMan 2 Unfortunately, The Brides of Dracula is an exceptionally patchy film, the film's often striking visuals and genuinely eerie atmosphere are married with an exceedingly convoluted, at times incomprehensible, script that really only picks up once Peter Cushing enters the picture. Cushing's Van Helsing a commanding and welcoming presence more than carrying the film on his back, with Cushing delivering 100% effort as always. Brides's focus is more on building the mythos and legend of its absent title character, unfortunately, it adds little to the Dracula legend other than a youthful, good-looking vampire, and nothing to the familiar Hammer format. From a technical standpoint, it's an absolute treat (awful cropped Blu-ray transfer aside), but it ultimately feels extremely surface-level in its proceedings. This is most likely a film that will grow on me more with time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/06/23 Full Review kirsi m Great fun with fantastic visuals and marvelous cast and characters - together with 1958 Dracula, Hammer's best. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/25/23 Full Review damian l It was stylish and entertaining and a little scary Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Hammer Film productions has certainly given us some entertaining horror movies. While none of the Hammer movies are great, they are well made, very entertaining and are helped by strong performances by talented actors. That can for the most part be said for "The Brides of Dracula". The late Peter Cushing was a tremendously talented actor who was well suited for the Hammer movies. He helped make the movies at least watchable and entertaining for all of their flaws. Cushing once again does very well here in the role of Dracula's nemesis Dr. Abraham VanHelsing. As with other Hammer movies, the audience is given bright and vivid colors and a very well made production design. However, as far as the movie itself is concerned, it is just mediocre for the most part. I did not care for the villain of this movie Baron Meinster, played by the late David Peel. We see very little of him despite the fact that he is a central character and he just looks too silly to be taken seriously. Also, I found it a bit odd that the movie is titled "The Brides of Dracula" but the "Brides" are almost treated as throwaway characters. Also, the Brides are not given any closure. They run off at the moment of the film's climax and are never seen again. The audience never learned what finally became of them. I don't care for incomplete scripts per se and this is what "The Brides of Dracula" felt like. Hammer Film Production has given us better movies. I would recommend their version of "The Mummy" rather than "The Brides of Dracula". There are just too many flaws for me to recommend it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) drives a stake through the heart of a vampire baron (David Peel) who even bites his own mother (Martita Hunt).
Director
Terence Fisher
Producer
Anthony Hinds
Screenwriter
Jimmy Sangster, Peter Bryan, Edward Percy
Production Co
Hammer Films
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 7, 1960, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 13, 2016
Runtime
1h 25m
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