Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough
Director: Terence Fisher
If you’re looking at classic movies, no list would be complete without a Hammer Horror film entry. A British film studio that made famous and often ground breaking horrors from the 30’s to the 70’s, the studio is back in action again today, with films like The Woman In Black.
This film, starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula is one of the most iconic images of the famous vampire, and solidified many of the tropes that would later become part of the vampire movie genre. Lee has a commanding and elegant presence that is just right for this role.
In this telling, Johnathan Harker takes a job at Draculas castle in order to get close to the evil Count in an effort to stop him. But when he’s found out and killed, Dracula decides to take revenge on Harker’s fiance and her family. Harker’s friend, Van Helsing (Cushing) is the only one who can save them all and stop the evil forever (or at least until a sequel).
It’s a bit of a bodice ripping, sensual tale, with Lee being a fanged but seductive bad guy, and the score soaring to emotional heights. There’s also a bit of blood for a 50’s movie, and quite a few lovely ladies get staked in this film. The slight quaintness that this film has gained with age is part of what makes it so delicious.
See It If: Cinema has a very long history of vampire horrors, and this one is a major classic for a reason. One to look for.