Dracula: Prince of Darkness

directed by Terence Fisher
released in 1966
duration 92 minutes

The happy days are here again, or at any rate, that is what I am hoping for. A few days ago, I bought a Hammer boxset that consists of 21 Hammer horror films. Yes, that is a lot of movies for one box and knowing that the Hammer produced many quality movies, I have high expectations.

I could have chosen to watch the movies in the "box order", starting from the movie one of the book one. However, I could not resist the temptation of jumping right to a Dracula movie. Dracula: Prince of Darkness is the third film on the first book of this box, and after watching it, I must say it is a solid movie. It is perhaps not exceptional, but nevertheless solid.

The movie was not quite as scary as I remembered, but that is probably due to the fact that I am now much older than I was when I initially saw these films. In fact, I still vaguely remember watching many Hammer films on the television as a kid. Especially the Dracula stories have left a lasting impact on my mind.

I think I have said this before, but it is worth repeating that Christopher Lee is a perfect star for these movies. He is truly a legendary actor, and sometimes just his presence is enough to evoke feelings of fear in the viewer. To get the most of out Dracula: Prince of Darkness, I recommend watching it in the middle of the night, with all lights turned off. That way you will get in the right mood quicker.

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