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Plot: In the shadow of Castle Dracula, the Prince of Darkness is revived by blood trickling from the head-wound of an unconscious priest attempting exorcism. And once more fear and terror strikes Transylvania as the undead Prince of Darkness stalks the village of Keineneburg to ensnare victims and satisfy his evil thirst.
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Shadows and Fog.
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is the fourth film in Hammer Films’ Dracula series. It is directed by Freddie Francis and written by Anthony Hinds (under his alias John Elder). It stars Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barry Andrews and Barbara Ewing. Music is by James Bernard and cinematography by Arthur Grant.
Very much a case of style over substance, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is still very much a top line Hammer Dracula pic. Story sees the famous Count accidentally revived and embark upon a mission of revenge, which spells trouble for the inhabitants of the village that sits in the shadow of his castle. Enter a scenario where Dracula is very much on the periphery as he tracks Carlson’s sultry babe for his nefarious ends. Lust, blood, breasts and religious zeal does follow.
That’s about it as story goes, but even though strands such as religious beliefs – or otherwise – are dangled but not pulled hard enough, the screenplay is not without interesting merit. A number of great scenes lift the pic out of the ordinary, from a terrific “body in a bell” opening, to the grandiose splendour of a crucifix blood splatter, the craft on show engages and thrills. The middle section slow moves as we are party to young lovers under duress via Drac, but Drac pops up from time to time to menace humans and horses alike.
The super craft doesn’t stop there, the costuming and sets are ornate and very appealing, with the various colour lens choices also superb. Standing out are the roof top sequences, we get high level views of an angular landscape, with jutted slates, odd chimney tops (one even looking like a magic mushroom), all of which is shrouded in mist. There’s even green smoke coming out of some stacks, just what are the villagers burning on their fires?! While Bernard scores it with menacing relish, some of the title music having shades of Berlioz at his most unnerving.
Competently acted and directed with a keen eye for detail, this is one of the better Hammer Dracula sequels. 7/10
Though for the classic Hammer ‘Dracula’ series starring Sir Christopher Lee as the ‘protagonist’ it loses oomph for not also starring Sir Peter Cushing (who always seemed to get the best work out of Lee in the Hammer days), this still is wildly admirable and a must-watch. The wonderful (and ingenious) poster, on its own, more than makes up for Cushing’s absence.
You Can’t Keep a Good Vampire Down
Great Gothic Hammer horror. One of the better Dracula sequels and one of director Freddie Francis’ best. It has a lot of the elements you expect and appreciate from Hammer: solid actors, great sets, quality direction, beautiful and vivacious young women. The plot is relatively simple: Dracula wants revenge and pretty blonde Veronica Carlson but her Monsignor uncle and loser boyfriend have a thing or two to say about that. There’s also some interesting additions to the mythology where belief vs atheism is concerned. It all makes for a very entertaining sequel full of many familiar and proved effective Hammer staples, with several new ones as well.
In My Opinion, The Quintessential Hammer Film
If you dig Hammer movies, then “Dracula Has Risen From The Grave” is one you should adore! It’s got all the things that make Hammer Films so great – gorgeous sets, a nasty and misogynistic Dracula, two beautiful lead ladies with boobs ready to bust out of their bosoms, and a nice little love story at its heart. Like the best of Hammer’s films, it also has a really charming scary-fairy-tale quality, with those fantastic rooftops. It’s stylishly shot with a very classy look, and coupled with some very gruesome (for the time) scenes, making for a very creepy and at the same time beautiful viewing experience. I think each of Hammers’ Dracula films are great but this one along with the previous (Prince Of Darkness) and following entry (Taste The Blood Of Dracula) find Hammer at the top of their fang game.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Director Freddie Francis
Writer Anthony Hinds, Bram Stoker
Actors Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson
Country United Kingdom
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1 (original/negative ratio), 1.85 : 1 (theatrical ratio)
Film Length 2,525 m (UK), 2,520 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm