Film Review: Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)


Christopher Lee dons the fangs again for the second sequel to Hammer’s original Horror of Dracula (after skipping 1960’s Brides of Dracula), but he hated his dialogue so much that he refused to say any lines.  Even though he’s mute and his screen time is limited, a little Lee goes a long way.  His performance is interesting and unusual, a more feral depiction than any of his other Dracula outings.

Unfortunately, everything else about the movie is just mediocre, starting with the script, which is slow to get started and too much like the first film.  But for me, even mediocre Hammer is good Hammer.  Highlights include a nice human sacrifice to bring Dracula back from the grave, a climactic struggle on the frozen castle moat, and another fine bit of bombastic scoring by Hammer alum James Bernard.

Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ 


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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 Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (

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