Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dracula Prince Of Darkness

A few quick thoughts on Dracula Prince Of Darkness:

1. The bluray is the third copy I have of it. The Anchor Bay double disc, the dvd set with Frankenstein Created Woman and The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires, and the bluray.

2. The bluray looks fantastic.

3. Terrence Fisher doesn't get enough credit as a great horror director.

4. The bluray really reveals the amazing production design and the atmospheric lighting. 

5. If you can't have Peter Cushing, Andrew Keir is a more than acceptable substitute.

6. Male lead Francis Matthews (veteran of Hammer film appearances AND he's in a pretty dang good giallo: Five Women For The Killer) sounds exactly like Cary Grant.

7. One of my all time favorite 'hey it's that guy!' actors, Charles Tingwell is in it. He is great in the Miss Marple films of the early 60's and in one of my all time favorite films, the Australian comedy The Castle. (Everyone in my life gets a steady stream of Good on ya Dale's, Looks like everyone's kicked a goal, and This is going straight to the pool room.)

8. Barbara Shelley is very good in this. She knows they are all doomed from the jump.

9. There is a great 30 minute documentary on the disc featuring Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews and Mark Gatiss.

10. I can't decide if I love this or Horror Of Dracula more. Two of the three copies I have were gifts from Elizabeth. That's a lot for Horror Of Dracula to overcome!

11. You should buy this bluray if you like Dracula, Hammer films, gothic horror films or fun. 


  1. I completely and wholeheartedly agree that the bluray is stunning! It's a very enjoyable film, and that documentary was well worth 30 minutes of our time.