Dracula is the title of several horror film series centered on Count Dracula, who is accidentally resurrected, bringing with him a plague of vampirism, and the ensuing efforts of the heroic Van Helsing family to stop him.

Hammer Horror film series (1958–1974)

The original series of films consisted of nine installments, which starred iconic horror actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as Count Dracula and Doctor Van Helsing respectively. The series of films is part of the larger Hammer Horror series.

Year Film Dracula actor Van Helsing actor
1958 Dracula Christopher Lee Peter Cushing
1960 The Brides of Dracula  
1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness Christopher Lee
1968 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave  
1970 Taste the Blood of Dracula
Scars of Dracula
1972 Dracula A.D. 1972 Peter Cushing Stephanie Beacham
1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula Joanna Lumley
1974 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires John Forbes-Robertson
David de Keyser
Robin Stewart
Dracula
Directed by
Screenplay by
Produced by
Starring
Edited by
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
1958–1974
Running time
797–801 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
China
LanguagesEnglish
Chinese

Production of Dracula began at Bray Studios on 17 November 1957 with an investment of £81,000.[1] As Count Dracula, Lee fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture.[2] Christopher Frayling writes, "Dracula introduced fangs, red contact lenses, décolletage, ready-prepared wooden stakes and – in the celebrated credits sequence – blood being spattered from off-screen over the Count's coffin."[3] Lee also introduced a dark, brooding sexuality to the character, with Tim Stanley stating, "Lee's sensuality was subversive in that it hinted that women might quite like having their neck chewed on by a stud".[4]

In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw Dracula ranked the 65th best British film ever.[5] Empire magazine ranked Lee's portrayal as Count Dracula the 7th Greatest Horror Movie Character of All Time.[6]

Film Rotten Tomatoes
Dracula 90% (39 reviews)[7]
The Brides of Dracula 76% (17 reviews)[8]
Dracula: Prince of Darkness 80% (20 reviews)[9]
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave 80% (15 reviews)[10]
Taste the Blood of Dracula 67% (12 reviews)[11]
Scars of Dracula 43% (7 reviews)[12]
Dracula A.D. 1972 22% (9 reviews)[13]
The Satanic Rites of Dracula 20% (5 reviews)[14]
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 40% (5 reviews)[15]
Count Dracula
Vampir-Cuadecuc
[16]
Dracula and Son 80% (17 reviews)[17]

Potential Anno Dracula film

Main article: Anno Dracula series

Upon publishing extracts of their screenplay for Anno Dracula in an updated version of the first book in the series, author Kim Newman revealed the film would use the likeness of Peter Cushing to represent the severed head of the deceased Van Helsing, establishing elements of the Hammer Productions Dracula film series as the backdrop for the film adaptation's events, specifically an imagined alternate ending to the 1958 Dracula film. The fourth book in the series, subtitled Johnny Alucard, follows the character of the same name originally introduced in Dracula A.D. 1972.[18]

Feature films

Number Title Release date Director Continuity
1 Dracula May 7, 1958 Terence Fisher Hammer Horror series
2 The Brides of Dracula July 7, 1960
3 Dracula: Prince of Darkness January 9, 1966
4 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave November 7, 1968 Freddie Francis
5 Taste the Blood of Dracula May 7, 1970 Peter Sasdy
6 Scars of Dracula November 8, 1970 Roy Ward Baker
7 Dracula A.D. 1972 September 28, 1972 Alan Gibson
8 The Satanic Rites of Dracula November 3, 1973
9 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires July 11, 1974 Roy Ward Baker
Chang Cheh

Cast and characters

List indicator(s)

This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in the series.

Character Dracula The Brides of Dracula Dracula:
Prince of Darkness
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave Taste the Blood of Dracula Scars of Dracula Dracula A.D. 1972 The Satanic Rites of Dracula The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
1958 1960 1966 1968 1970 1972 1973 1974
Count Dracula Christopher Lee Christopher Lee John Forbes-Robertson
David de KeyserV
Chan ShenH
Dr. Lawrence Van Helsing
Dr. Lorrimer Van Helsing
Peter Cushing Peter CushingUA Peter Cushing
The Landlord George Woodbridge Norman Pierce George Woodbridge George A. Cooper Michael Ripper
Mina Harker Melissa Stribling Gwen Watford
Lucy Westenra Carol Marsh Isla Blair
Jonathan Harker John Van Eyssen John Carson
Dr. John "Jack" Seward Charles Lloyd-Pack
Tania Janina Faye Anouska Hempel
Arthur Holmwood Michael Gough
Vampire Woman Valerie Gaunt
The Priest Fred Johnson Philip Ray Ewan Hooper Reginald Barratt Michael Gwynn
Klove Philip Latham Patrick Troughton
Paul Paxton Carlson Barry Andrews Anthony Corlan Christopher Matthews
Alice Hargood Linda Hayden Delia Lindsay
Jessica Van Helsing Stephanie Beacham Joanna Lumley

Crew

Crew/detail Dracula The Brides of Dracula Dracula:
Prince of Darkness
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave Taste the Blood of Dracula Scars of Dracula Dracula A.D. 1972 The Satanic Rites of Dracula The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
1958 1960 1966 1968 1970 1972 1973 1974
Director(s) Terence Fisher Freddie Francis Peter Sasdy Roy Ward Baker Alan Gibson Roy Ward Baker
Chang Cheh
Producer(s) Anthony Hinds Anthony Nelson Keys Aida Young Michael Carreras
Josephine Douglas
Roy Skeggs Don Houghton
Vee King Shaw
Writer(s) Jimmy Sangster Jimmy Sangster, Peter Bryan & Edward Percy
Anthony Hinds (uncredited)
Screenplay:
Jimmy Sangster
(as John Sansom)
Story:
Anthony Hinds
(as John Elder)
Anthony Hinds Anthony Hinds
(as John Elder)
Anthony Hinds Don Houghton
Composer(s) James Bernard Malcolm Williamson James Bernard Mike Vickers John Cacavas James Bernard
Editor(s) Bill Lenny Alfred Cox Chris Barnes Spencer Reeve Chris Barnes James Needs Chris Barnes
Cinematographer Jack Asher Michael Reed Arthur Grant Moray Grant Dick Bush Brian Probyn John Wilcox
Roy Ford
Production companies Hammer Film Productions Hammer Film Productions
Shaw Brothers Studio
Distributor(s) Rank Film Distributors Rank Film Distributors (UK) Warner-Pathé Distributors (UK) MGM-EMI Distributors (UK) Columbia-Warner Distributors (UK)
Universal International (US & Worldwide) 20th Century Fox (US & Worldwide) Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (US & Worldwide) Warner Bros. Pictures (US & Worldwide) Continental Films (US & Worldwide) Warner Bros. Pictures (US & Worldwide) Dynamite Entertainment (US & Worldwide) Shaw Brothers Studio (US & Worldwide)
Runtime 82 minutes 85 minutes 90 minutes 92 minutes 91 minutes (cut, US)
95 minutes (uncut, UK)
91 minutes 96 minutes 87 minutes 83 minutes
Release date May 7, 1958 July 7, 1960 January 9, 1966 November 7, 1968 May 7, 1970 November 8, 1970 September 28, 1972 November 3, 1973 July 11, 1974

References

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  12. ^ "Scars of Dracula (1970)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
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  15. ^ "The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "Count Dracula (1970)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  17. ^ "Dracula and Son (1976)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
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