I’m like. 90% sure that picture is from the specific Dracula I watched today. Anyway hey guys here I am back with the blog posts you remember from yesterday and the 22ish days before that. I haven’t seen many (any, until today) Hammer Horror movies and I have wanted to get into them for years and I couldn’t think of what to watch this morning so I was like “Oh yeah I have been meaning to get into Hammer” so. Yeah. Goal achieved.
Dracula or Horror of Dracula (1958)
Directed by Terence Fisher
Written by Jimmy Sangster
So from the research I’ve done and my personal opinion, the two most faithful film adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula are Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre. There still hasn’t been a perfect one, but that’s not really that important. A book is a book. A movie is a movie. If you perfectly adapt a book, it could be dry or boring or incoherent. And movie novelizations are almost completely terrible. That’s why they call them “adaptations.” Because they ADAPT the source material, not perfectly reproduce it.
This is a wildly entertaining movie. For 1958, it’s pretty gory. It’s fun. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are absolutely wonderful together, and I truly believe they are the non-comedy version of classic duos like Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello. They were perfect together. It actually makes me very melancholy to talk about.
Anyway, Lee is Dracula and Cushing is Van Helsing (as it should be). Dracula just can’t stop turning women into vampires and Van Helsing is super not happy about it so he keeps trying to stop him by following the woman vampires back to Dracula but their families keep being like “no please just put her out of her misery” and he’s like “it would be really helpful if we could just use her as bait” but so more women die than they need to because 19th century British families were SELFISH.
Anyway, if you have any interest in Dracula movies, watch the Hammer version. It’s very fun. The acting is wonderful and the blood is BRIGHT red, as it should be. I’m definitely going to get more into Hammer.