I watched the 1960 Hammer British supernatural horror film Brides of Dracula on Svengoolie. It stars Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing, our original vampire slayer. He appeared in 22 horror films, 5 as Van Helsing and 6 as Baron Frankenstein. He also played roles as Dr. Who in 1965 and 1966 and Grand Moff Tarkin in the 1977 Star Wars. The vampires in these films are treated as tortured souls who are unable to resist their curse and have an unquenchable thirst for human blood.
Transylvania, land of dark forests, dread mountains and black, unfathomed lakes. Still the home of magic and devilry as the nineteenth century draws to its close. Count Dracula, monarch of all vampires, is dead, but his disciples live on, to spread the cult and corrupt the world.
A baroness living alone in a castle has chained her sick son until one of the guests interferes. A village priest calls Van Helsing to help when a young girl’s dead body is found with mysterious bite marks on her neck.
The movie was directed by Terence Fisher (Spaceways, The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula (1958), The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Stranglers of Bombay, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The Brides of Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Phantom of the Opera, The Gorgon, The Earth Dies Screaming, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Island of Terror, Frankenstein Created Woman,
Night of the Big Heat, The Devil Rides Out, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell). Most of the interior shots were done at Bray Studios, a British film, and television facility in Water Oakley near Bray, Berkshire. The exterior shooting locations were in nearby Black Park and Oakley Court.
- Cushing, Peter as Doctor Van Helsing – (May 26, 1913 – August 13, 1994) The Man in the Iron Mask, Moulin Rouge, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Abominable Snowman, Dracula (1958), The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, The Brides of Dracula, Captain Clegg, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Gorgon, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, The Skull, Dr. Who and the Daleks, Island of Terror, Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., Frankenstein Created Woman, The Blood Beast Terror, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Incense for the Damned, Scream and Scream Again, The Vampire Lovers, The House That Dripped Blood, I, Monster, Tales from the Crypt, Dracula A.D. 1972, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Asylum, Fear in the Night, Horror Express, The Creeping Flesh, And Now the Screaming Starts!, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, From Beyond the Grave, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, The Beast Must Die, Madhouse, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Tender Dracula, Legend of the Werewolf, The Ghoul, At the Earth’s Core, Land of the Minotaur, Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars, Shock Waves, TV episodes of Sherlock Holmes in The 1968 BBC TV episodes, The Avengers, Space:1999, Tales of the Unexpected
- Monlaur, Yvonne as Marianne – (December 15, 1939 – April 18, 2017) Circus of Horrors, The Brides of Dracula, The Terror of the Tongs
- Peel, David as Baron Meinster – (June 19, 1920 – September 4, 1981) Squadron Leader X, The Brides of Dracula, The Hands of Orlac TV episodes of Operation Diplomat, Vanity Fair, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, The Infamous John Friend, Amelia
- Hunt, Martita as Baroness Meinster – (January 30, 1900 – June 13, 1969) Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Great Expectations, The Brides of Dracula, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, TV episodes of Omnibus, Sword of Freedom, Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens, Saki, Route 66
- Jackson, Freda as Greta – (December 29, 1907 – October 20, 1990) A Canterbury Tale, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, The Brides of Dracula, Shadow of the Cat, Die, Monster, Die!, Clash of the Titans, TV episodes of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, ITV Play of the Week, BBC Sunday-Night Play, Owen, M.D., The Old Curiosity Shop
- Malleson, Miles as Doctor Tobler – (May 25, 1888 – March 15, 1969) Dracula, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Brides of Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, Circus World, First Men in the Moon
- Oscar, Henry as Herr Lang – (July 14, 1891 – December 28, 1969) The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Tunnel, Squadron Leader X, The Brides of Dracula, Lawrence of Arabia, TV episodes of Precious Bane, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, The Common Room, ITV Television Playhouse, Probation Officer, Epitaph for a Spy, Armchair Theatre, Sherlock Holmes
- Washbourne, Mona as Frau Lang – (November 27, 1903 – November 15, 1988) Dunkirk, The Brides of Dracula, Ferry Cross the Mersey, The Collector, Casino Royale, Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, TV episodes of ITV Television Playhouse, Armchair Theatre, Brideshead Revisited
- Melly, Andrée as Gina – (September 15, 1932 – January 31, 2020) The Brides of Dracula, The Horror of It All, TV episodes of Little Women, The Men from Room 13, A Life of Bliss, The Doctors
- Brooks, Victor as Hans – (November 11, 1918 –January 19, 2000) The Brides of Dracula, The Brain, Witchcraft, Goldfinger
- Johnson, Fred as the priest – (August 6, 1899 – December 4, 1971) A Christmas Carol, The Quatermass Xperiment, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Abominable Snowman, The Brides of Dracula, TV episodes of Clementina, ITV Television Playhouse, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, Deadline Midnight, Z Cars
- Ripper, Michael as the coachman – (January 27, 1913 – June 28, 2000) Oliver Twist, X the Unknown, Quatermass 2, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Mummy, Sink the Bismarck!, The Brides of Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Phantom of the Opera, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, The Plague of the Zombies, The Reptile, The Deadly Bees, The Mummy’s Shroud, Torture Garden, Inspector Clouseau, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Journey into Darkness, Moon Zero Two, Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Scars of Dracula, The Creeping Flesh, Legend of the Werewolf
- Pierce, Norman as the landlord – (September 5, 1900 – March 22, 1968) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Brides of Dracula, TV episodes of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, The Adventures of Annabel, Nathaniel Titlark, The Common Room, The Herries Chronicle, Barnaby Rudge
- Cook, Vera as the landlord’s wife – (June 19, 1912 – June 1, 1996) The Brides of Dracula, The Kiss of the Vampire, The Shadow of the Cat, Help!, TV episodes of The Prince and the Pauper, ITV Television Playhouse, No Hiding Place, Secret Agent
- Devereux, Marie as the village girl – (November 27, 1940 – December 30, 2019) popular nude model, The Woman Eater, The Stranglers of Bombay, The Brides of Dracula, TV episodes of The Avengers, The Richard Boone Show
- Mulcaster, Michael (uncredited) as Latour – (October 3, 1911 – August 10, 1984) The Curse of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Giant Behemoth, The Brides of Dracula, TV episodes of The Pelicans and the Pirates, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, The Wednesday Play, Z Cars, Cousin Bette, The Shadow of the Tower, Doomwatch, Doctor Who
- Scott, Harold (uncredited) as Severin – (April 21, 1891 – April 15, 1964) The Brides of Dracula, The Hand, TV episodes of ITV Television Playhouse, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, Television World Theatre, The Naked Lady, Dixon of Dock Green, Martin Chuzzlewit
- Melly, George (uncredited) as Narrator – (17 August 1926 – 5 July 2007) English jazz and blues singer, critic, writer, and lecturer, Brides of Dracula
When the first script was written for this film in early ’59 it was called ‘Disciple of Dracula’ but by the time filming started in January 1960 it was listed as ‘Dracula II’. The movie is pretty good so I’ll give it 3 out of 5 stars.