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United Kingdom poster for Dracula: Prince of Darkness

US Prince of Darkness Poster

US poster

"'He is already dead Mr. Kent, he can be destroyed, but not killed." 

- Father Sandor to Charles Kent 

Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 Count Dracula film by Hammer Productions directed by Terence Fisher and written by Anthony Hinds and Jimmy Sangster. It is the first direct sequel to 1958's "Dracula". Christopher Lee reprised his role as Count Dracula for the first time. The movie was again produced by Anthony Nelson-Keys and featured Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Barbara Shelley, Charles Tingwell and Philip Latham. 

It was followed by Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.

Plot Edit

In 1895, ten years after Count Dracula’s demise four English travellers: Charles and Alan Kent and their wives Hellen and Diana are in the Carpathian Mountains. Fear of the vampire still overtakes the locals but a Priest; Father Sandor convinces them that the danger is no more.  When an accident befalls the travellers, they seek shelter in Castle Dracula, which still stands. Hellen is scared but the others assure her there is no danger. They find the castle empty except for a set table. A man welcomes them by the name of Klove, who says to be a servant of his diseased master Count Dracula. They are treated with hospitality, although Hellen fears still. That night, when they sleep, Charles gets out of his bed and is overpowered by Klove who attacks him with knife. In a tomb beneath the castle Dracula’s coffin leis, Klove takes the urn in which Dracula’s ashes and ring have been kept. He slits Charles’ throat, which bleeds on the ashes. Count Dracula is resurrected and arises from dead once more. Hellen is bitten by Dracula and turned into a vampire. Diana and Allen seek help with Father Sandor who destroys Hellen with the help of his monks. Ludwig a mental patient under Dracula’s influence leads his master to Diana. Diana almost drinks blood from Dracula’s chest. Father Sandor then destroys the count with running water. Dracula is frozen under the ice… 

CastEdit

Father Sandor.............................................................................................................................Andrew Keir 

Count Dracula..........................................................................................................................Christopher Lee

Charles Kent........................................................................................................................Francis Matthews

Diana Kent...........................................................................................................................Suzan Farmer 

Hellen Kent...........................................................................................................................Barbara Shelley

Alen Kent..............................................................................................................................Charles Tingwell

Klove......................................................................................................................................Philip Latham 

Ludwig.....................................................................................................................................Thorley Walters

Brother Monk............................................................................................................................Walter Brown 

Behind the ScenesEdit

ProductionEdit

Christopher Lee was pleaded by Hammer to return to the role. He accepted, however he didn't say a single world throughout the whole picture. According to Lee he hated the dialouge and refused to  speak it. However, writer Jimmy Sangster said he didn't write any dialouge in the first  place. The  movie was filmed in Bray Studios. Anthony Hinds, associate on the first two films and president of Hammer Productions had a great deal to do with the script. Cinematography had extra attention and it was by Michael Reed. James Bernard returned as well. This would be the last Dracula directed by Terence Fisher. 

Trivia Edit

  • The charachter of Ludwig strongly resembles Stoker's charachter R.M. Renfield from the novel. 

Home VideoEdit

Blu-Ray releaseEdit

In December 2012, "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" was released on Blu-Ray as promotion for the 2013 "Dracula" Blu-Ray uncut release. 

VideosEdit

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