Dracula

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Dir. Terence Fisher

UK 1958 | Colour | 82 mins | Cert 12A

Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh

Maligned and misunderstood by critics on first release, Hammer’s bloodily beautiful reworking of Dracula has grown in reputation over the decades and is widely regarded as the definitive film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. Wonderfully cast, with Christopher Lee icily magnetic as the centuries-old vampire and Peter Cushing a resolutely upstanding Van Helsing, it was evocatively directed by Gothic-auteur Terence Fisher; and here the viscerally erotic allure of the Count and his shadowy realm was captured – in full colour – as never before. The titanic climactic confrontation between Cushing and Lee, though much imitated, remains unsurpassed.
Restored by the BFI National Archive in 2007, the film is now available in a new digitally remastered version with additional footage.

Available on: DCP, 35mm

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