Film Review: Brides of Dracula (1960)

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This is technically the first Dracula sequel Hammer Films did, but since Christopher Lee is not in it, most people don’t count it.  For a Hammer film, the story is actually pretty decent.  David Peel plays a young vampire who’s kept under lock and key by his baroness mother.  But when a sympathetic schoolmistress unchains him, the handsome vamp starts collecting a harem of bloodsucking brides.

Peter Cushing returns as Dr Van Helsing to stop the insanity.  Unfortunately, Cushing is a little off in this one.  We don’t get the obsessive drive and lethal curiosity that makes some of his later renditions of the character so memorable.  Martita Hunt and David Peel are good as mother and son, and composer Malcolm Williamson goes delightfully full-bore with the pipe organ.  As usual with Hammer, the sets, wardrobe, and overall production values are high, and the technicolor is vibrant.

Rating: 2.75/5 ★★¾☆☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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