Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Brides of Dracula

Following on form the rip-roaring success' of Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein and The Mummy Hammer decided to revisit Dracula for another outing. Unfortunately they had killed the old boy off in the last one...

The film is exceedingly stylish with the most gorgeous gothic sets I have ever seen. Seriously this film DRIPS style and, despite some poorer effects (the bat) and makeup (dodgy fangs) the production as a whole is is almost flawless.

vlcsnap-2011-01-15-20h52m41s133Sumptuous!

The biggest flaw in the film is the notable lack of Christopher Lee with the lead villain being a Baron Meinster who is ably introduced in the excellently paced and well written script. However he simply lacks the huge presence that a Vampire Lord needs and is only partly successful in this role.

However gripes aside this really is an extremely well written piece of cinema and well worth a look. If only to clear the mind of the schlock Horror images that the name "Hammer Studios" evokes. As always Cushing is fantastic but if one didn't know better he would be thought of as Hammers golden boy. In the words of John Lennon, all I am saying, is give Lee a chance!

Paul Out... Hang on what was the business with the bloke on the stagecoach about...

vlcsnap-2011-01-15-22h15m58s184Of course I have presence you damn moron reviewer
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