Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October Fright Fest-Brides of Dracula


The title is misleading in this Hammer film. There are no brides although I guess they are perspective brides. Dracula is not in this film either. This was originally to be Hammer's second Dracula films and they were hoping Christopher Lee would return as Dracula. However they were unable to work out a deal so no Lee and no Dracula. Instead there is a vampire named Baron Meinster who is released by a woman who unfortunately felt sympathy for him. The Baron then begins biting necks and recruiting undead followers across the land. Wait, because Dr. Van Helsing (the magnificent Peter Cushing) is in the vicinity and he knows a thing or too about getting rid of vampires.

Favorite part-Almost any scene with Cushing, but I'll go with the fight scene between Val Helsing and Meinster that occurs a little bit before the finale.

Why you should see this film-It's one of Hammer's finest gothics. Despite the fact that there is no Dracula it's still a solid vampire movie.

If you've seen it before then you should watch it again because-It's a classic, if you like you you will continue to find more to like about it with each repeated viewing.

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