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  • Some believe that Bram Stoker got the idea of a vampire from the way Vlad used to dip his bread in the blood of those he killed to show his power. This also may have been the reason a stake is used to kill vampires.
  • It was directed by  Terence Fisher , and stars  Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing,  Michael Gough as Arthur and  Christopher Lee as Count Dracula Jonathan Harker is a librarian and  vampire hunter , having come to Dracula's castle to destroy him, rather than an unwitting  solicitor . He also becomes a  vampire  and is dispatched by his friend Van Helsing. Mina is  Arthur Holmwood 's wife, while Lucy is his sister and Jonathan's fiancée. The characters of  R. M. Renfield  and  Quincey Morris  are omitted. Doctor John Seward  only appears twice, in two brief scenes as the family doctor, and is completely unaware of the supernatural goings-on. Count Dracula has only one  Bride  (there are three in the novel), and she is destroyed by Jonathan Harker, not Van Helsing. She ages upon her true "death". Only one coffin is transported to the city. Count Dracula does not grow younger, nor can he  shapeshift . The Count has only two Magic Powers and those are the ability to hypnotise women with his eyes and travel through fog. Count Dracula is destroyed by sunlight, whereas his powers are merely limited by daylight in the novel
  • Brides of Dracula" has a misleading title. The sequel to the Horror of Dracula. However Christopher Lee declined to appear for fear of being typecast.
  • Dracula does not speak in the film. According to Christopher Lee: "I didn’t speak in that picture. The reason was very simple. I read the script and saw the dialogue! I said to Hammer, if you think I’m going to say any of these lines, you’re very much mistaken." [
  • he film was photographed by  Arthur Grant  using colored filters belonging to director Freddie Francis, also a cameraman by trade, who used them when photographing  The Innocents  (1961). Whenever Dracula (or his castle) is in a scene, the frame edges are tinged crimson, amber and yellow. Freddie francis directed
  • But takes all the original themes: beautiful heroines, picturesque settings, gothic ambiance, and Lee as the "Count“ T aste the Blood of Dracula  was originally written without Dracula appearing at all. With Christopher Lee's increasing reluctance to reprise the role, Hammer intended to replace Lee and Dracula in the franchise with the Lord Courtley character played by Ralph Bates, who would rise as a vampire after his death and seek revenge on Hargood, Paxton, and Secker. Hammer's American distributor refused to release the film without Dracula appearing, prompting Hammer to convince Lee to return, with Dracula replacing the resurrected Courtley Freddie francis directed
  • The Count is introduced as an "icily charming host"; [1]  he has command over nature; and he is seen scaling the walls of his castle. It also gives Lee more to do and say than any other Hammer Dracula film except its first, 1958's  Horror of Dracula . Roy Ward Baker
  • The last two films were commissioned by warner bros as an attempt to make it appeal to modern audiences and is based upon the highgate vampire case, where a vampire was said to lurk in highgate cemetery during the early 70’s, there was a big media sensation around it and led to a vampire hunt of Friday 13th
  • Alan Gibson
  • Dracula in film

    1. 1. Dracula in film Hammer Horror
    2. 2. History <ul><li>The original Dracula novel by Bram Stoker was inspired by the legends that surrounded Vlad the Impaler. </li></ul><ul><li>Dracula usually had a horse attached to each of the victim's legs an a sharpened stake was gradually forced into the body. </li></ul><ul><li>The mysteries of Dracula in the book are now seen throughout representations of Dracula e.g: </li></ul><ul><li>The bug-eaters, the brides, Mina and Quincey, Van Helsing and the coffin of soil. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Dracula (1958) <ul><li>This is the first in a series of films by Hammer Horror based on the original Dracula novel. </li></ul><ul><li>However the film deviates from the book and the first film (1931). </li></ul><ul><li>This was also the first Dracula film to star Christopher Lee, who continued throughout most of the Hammer Horror productions. </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Brides of Dracula <ul><li>This production mainly stars Van Helsing and follows Marianne Danielle as French school teacher in Transylvania. </li></ul><ul><li>Again starring Peter Cushing and directed by Terrence Fisher the film is a sequel to the 1968 production. </li></ul><ul><li>Dracula does not appear in this film but it further develops hammer horrors original interpretations of vampires. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Prince of Darkness <ul><li>The story begins when Count Dracula's servant revives him by hanging a victim over the tomb containing Dracula's ashes and draining the blood, so it can trickle into the tomb and restore life to the remains. </li></ul><ul><li>This kind of scene became trade mark for Hammer Horror and Dracula. </li></ul><ul><li>This was the second Dracula film to star Christopher Lee as Dracula. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Dracula has Risen from the Grave <ul><li>After the death of Dracula in the previous film, the famous count is once again (however inadvertently) brought back to life. </li></ul><ul><li>This film has been criticised for a weak plot but does have the classic gothic feel about it that continues to develop throughout the film. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Taste the Blood of Dracula <ul><li>Under the guidance of Satanic Priest Lord Courtley, three middle-aged professionals who would like to add a thrill to their love lives drink the blood of the Count and proceed to kill Courtley, inadvertently awakening Dracula who is dead set on avenging his Priest's murder. </li></ul><ul><li>This version of Dracula is significantly ‘cheesed up’ for the audience of 1970’s. </li></ul><ul><li>The film was marketed with the tagline &quot;They taste his blood and the horror begins!&quot; </li></ul>
    8. 8. Scars of Dracula <ul><li>This film is the most gory of all the Hammer Dracula films but is considered as not one of the best. </li></ul><ul><li>This film breaks the continuity with the previous film and although a resurrection scene was added to the opening at the insistence of the distributor, the film was intended to establish a new series. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Dracula A.D 1972 <ul><li>The Dracula theme takes a change after almost running out of steam by 1972 and is set in London. </li></ul><ul><li>A group of young people summon the spirit of Dracula who them terrorises London. </li></ul><ul><li>The film is concluded in a fight between Van Helsing and Dracula. </li></ul><ul><li>The film wasn’t highly rated and was described as a bad idea. </li></ul>
    10. 10. The Satanic Ritual of Dracula <ul><li>The last in the Hammer Horror Dracula star Christopher Lee as Dracula. </li></ul><ul><li>This now completely deviates from the original ideas and sees Dracula spreading an plague to eradicate life on earth. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Hammer Horror have contributed greatly to the Dracula and Van Helsing roles and is later used in more modern Dracula films. </li></ul><ul><li>The gothic and creepy atmosphere within Dracula films was developed by Hammer Horror in the series. </li></ul><ul><li>  The 1958 version in 2004 was named by the Total Film as the 30th greatest British film of all time . </li></ul>

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