Dracula - Prince of Darkenss
AKA: Disciple of Dracula, Revenge of Draculam, The Bloody Scream of
Dracula, Dracula 3, Blut für Dracula
1935, Color, 90 min
- Prince of Darkness" 1965 is the continuation of "Horror
of Dracula" from seven years earlier, this being the reason
thy the death scene of Dracula from the first film serves as opening
scene. We remember: van Helsing keeps Dracula in check with a crucifix
while ripping the curtains from the window and the sunlight burns
the blood sucker.
years have passed and the brothers Charles and Alan Kent, together
with their wives Diana and Helen pass their vacation in the Carpathian
mountains. Unfortunately they are left in a far-off forest by their
superstitious coach-man who refuses to drive any further. With a
guideless (!) coach they reach Castle Dracula, where they are welcomed
by a sinister fellow. It's Draculas servant who ,just like his deceased
master, is always willing to accommodate guests. Later at night
Allen is allured into the vaults of the castle and murdered by the
servant. His blood is used to reanimate Dracula. After 10 years
of abstinence the count is enormously thirsty and the first thing
he does is to empty Helen from her blood. Charles and Diana can
flee and find shelter in the monastery of the abbot Shandar. Dracula
follows them, but a vampire shouldn't challenge an abbot having
good connection to heaven. And this is why the poor Count has to
"die" again, the sole reason being to be reincarnated
again and again and again.... That's a real curse....
- Prince of Darkness" brought in a lot of criticism, but at
the same time a lot of revenues, which led to the numerous sequels.
Even if this movie was put on stage by the leading Hammer-Director
Terence Fisher, the style is quite different from "Horror
of Dracula". On one hand, violence is shown in a more explicit
way, on the other hand, the uncanny atmosphere of the predecessor
is reached at no time. And - what is a small sensation - there's
no Peter "van Helsing" Cushing in this movie. Well, he
had the chance to play this role a second time in "Draculas
brides" in 1960 with Fisher as Director and eliminate another
vampire clan. Well...
most stupid idea in "Dracula - Prince of Darkness" is,
that the protagonist doesn't utter a single word during the whole
movie, what was surely meant to make the count appear even more
uncanny, but actually is rather ridiculous. This way Christopher
Lee didn't have to learn his dialogues.
is funny to know that Hammer put on stage three further movies in
exactly the same scenery, which are: "The Plague of the Zombies",
"Rasputin the mad Monk" and "The Reptile", all
from 1966. Pay attention to this if one of these movies is shown
on TV one of these days.