“He is the embodiment of all that is evil; he is the very Devil himself.”
A young man (Dennis Waterman) and his girlfriend (Jenny Hanley) go in search of Waterman’s reckless brother (Christopher Matthews), who is trapped in the castle of Dracula (Christopher Lee) after bedding a vampiress (Anouska Hempel) and invoking Dracula’s wrath. Once there, they receive unexpected help from Dracula’s hairy man-servant (Patrick Troughton), who has an enormous crush on Hanley.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Christopher Lee Films
- Roy Ward Baker Films
It’s difficult to tell why Peary chose to include this sixth of nine Hammer Studios Dracula films in his GFTFF — unless it’s the credentials of director Roy Ward Baker. Sure, it’s both scary and silly (with plenty of bawdy humor), but it’s not focused nearly enough on Dracula, whose “scars” I presume are meant to be those continuously left on the necks of his prey. Instead, the storyline is concerned with a younger brother proving his mettle to a beautiful girl, who has until now been not-so-secretly obsessed with his rakish older brother; to that end it’s a reasonably satisfying tale of a heroic quest, but without much substance. Lee’s make-up is effectively creepy, though.
Note: The other Hammer Dracula titles included in GFTFF are The Horror of Dracula (1958) and The Brides of Dracula (1960).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Christopher Lee as Dracula
No; this one is only must-see for Hammer Studios fans.