DVD Region 2. Showbox.
the title, 1960 release Brides of Dracula is
not really part of Hammer's Dracula series. In 1960, Christopher
Lee was still avoiding typecasting, and refusing to recreate
his role as Dracula. Not to be put off, Hammer instead came
up with this pseudo-sequel, which takes Peter Cushing's vampire
hunter Dr Van Helsing, and pits him against another blood sucking
time, the vampire is Baron Meinster, who is unleashed on a school
for girls by a well-meaning teacher who finds him chained up
by his protective mother. Luckily, Van Helsing is on hand to
sort things out.
film came at the end of a period of consistent excellence from
the studio - the 1960's would prove to be rather more variable
in quality - and has the same look and feel as the classics
that went before. There are many striking moments in the film,
not least of all the climax which comes close to the dynamism
of 1958's Dracula - I won't spoil it for those
of you who haven't see the film.
There are other great moments too - Cushing purging himself
of infection after being bitten being the best - that make this
a worthy effort.
critics will make much of a homosexual subtext in the film,
though in reality, this is simply down to David Peel, who was
indeed gay, and who's ginger-haired Baron certainly seems quite
effete. It is, in fact, the female characters who are the more
striking in this film (Cushing aside obviously) - aptly so,
given the title.
of Dracula is not one of the better known Hammer titles,
so it's good to see it on DVD. Wholly recommended.
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