Horror of Dracula
Dir.: Terence Fisher | UK 1958 | 82 min
This version of Bram Stoker's tale of Count Dracula is the best film made by the Hammer studio, which specialised in making English horror films. Not only is the acting good, and Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee set the standards here, but the screenplay sticks to the literary source, without resorting to too many blood-stained and bared bosoms. Count Dracula is not portrayed as a semi-psychotic madman, but as a charming, pale aristocrat, whose unforgettable eyes sweep London's night life for victims. You can, amongst other things, look forward to the beautiful opening sequence, where the Count appears as a moving shadow at the top of a staircase. The Hammer studios' 'Dracula', which uses dazzling technicolor to revive the myth of the blood-thirsty Count, led to a crackdown from the Danish censorship board, which banned all vampire films for several years afterwards. We are showing the "forbidden" classic in an uncut, newly restored version.