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->''Who will be his bride tonight?''

''Horror of Dracula'' is a 1958 Creator/HammerHorror film directed by Terence Fisher. Its official title is simply ''Dracula'', but to avoid [[Film/{{Dracula 1931}} confusion]], we'll be using the title that it was released under in the U.S. It stars Sir Creator/ChristopherLee as the eponymous Count and Creator/PeterCushing as Van Helsing, roles for which they'd both remembered for a long time. Lee would later come to resent his role because of increasingly inferior [[{{Sequelitis}} sequels]] and typecasting.

A very loose adaptation of the [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker novel]], the film opens with Jonathan Harker arriving in the Castle Dracula. He has come to destroy Dracula, but the plan falls through and he becomes a victim of the Count. Shortly after, Van Helsing arrives to investigate and discovers that he has been turned into a vampire, and Dracula has moved out from his castle to find more prey.

The film had several sequels, beginning with ''Film/TheBridesOfDracula''. Christopher Lee would return to reprise his role in the subsequent ''Film/DraculaPrinceOfDarkness''.
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!!This film has examples of:

* AdaptedOut: Due to the fact that film was made on cheap. They took out a good chunk of character from the book. Most notably Quincy and Renfield. Likewise Dracula's three female vampires is only reduced to one in this film.
* AdultFear: Not long after Lucy dies, Tania suddenly goes missing in the middle of the night. She's found by the police where she explains that Lucy was the one who called her much to the shock of Arthur and Mina. If that wasn't bad enough, Tania goes out ''again'' by herself the following night where Lucy, clearly now undead and evil, leads her to the cemetery and was on the verge of biting her if Arthur hadn't decided to camp out near her crypt that night to see if Helsing's story was true and spotted them.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Van Helsing manages to halt Dracula by exposing his feet to sunlight.
* AllInTheEyes: Used on Dracula when he appears in Lucy's room.
* AltumVidetur: A family crest above a fireplace in Castle Dracula reads ''"Fidelis et mortem"'' (faithful in death).
* AssholeVictim: Subverted with Arthur, who while initially obstructive and unhelpful, survives his brush with death at the graveyard and from then on [[TookALevelInKindness becomes]] a loyal and open-minded companion to Dr. Van Helsing.
* BadassBookworm: Dr. Van Helsing: vampire hunter and even has Dracula running by the end of the film.
* BlatantLies: The newly vampire Lucy when she calls Tania to her in the dead of night.
--> '''Tania''': I heard you call me, Aunt Lucy.
--> '''Lucy''': ''(stilted)'' Yes dear. ''(She grins, revealing her fangs before taking her hand)'' Come along.
--> '''Tania''': [[EvilIsDeathlyCold You're cold.]] Where are we going?
--> '''Lucy''': For a little walk, I know somewhere nice and quiet we can play.
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: After fending off the vampiric Lucy and forcing her back to her coffin. Helsing suggests to Arthur of using Lucy to track them to Dracula since, as she's in his control, it could allow them to end his threat faster. Arthur, however, refuses, both for not wanting to continue seeing his sister corrupted by the undead influence and that there's too much of a risk of Lucy going after Taina again as well as other people and spreading more of the vampire curse. Helsing concedes to his point and decides to stake Lucy then and there.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: How Dracula attacks Lucy. She is awake in bed, watching as Dracula appears on the balcony and waits for him to come to her.
* BroadStrokes: Somewhat follows the plot of the original novel though diverges in a lot of areas.
* BuriedAlive: After arriving back at his castle, Dracula attempts to bury Mina alive to kill her via suffocation and trigger her vampire change. He's foiled by the arrival of Arthur and Helsing.
* CreepyMortician: J. Marx, although he's really more eccentric than creepy.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Harker, who never leaves Dracula's castle alive in this version.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: We're lead to believe the movie is following the novel at first as we follow Harker arriving at Dracula's castle for a business deal. [[spoiler: Only to find out later that he's working with Helsing, actually going in covertly to find Dracula's resting place so that he can kill him. Unfortunately, Dracula's lone bride manages to bite him, infecting him with vampirism. While he manages to find their sleeping quarters, he waits too long to stake Dracula who completely drains and turns him. The focus then shifts to Helsing as he tries to track down Dracula.]]
* DemotedToExtra: John Seward has a much smaller role than in the book. This may be due to Renfield being AdaptedOut.
* DutchAngle: When a vampirized Lucy approaches Arthur to "kiss" him, the camera does this to represent how twisted she now is.
* EatsBabies: Lucy, in her vampire state, nearly feeds on her 10-year-old niece.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold:
** Harker notes how cold Dracula's castle feels like compared to outside.
** Likewise Tania notes how cold Lucy (post-turning) is when they meet up in the forest. Granted makes sense considering she's a walking corpse now.
* {{Fainting}}: Due to Dracula's bite, Mina Holmwood faints when a cross is placed in her hand.
* FailedASpotCheck:
** Harker should've known better to trust a woman within Dracula's castle especially considering [[spoiler: that he knew about vampires. Not surprisingly the woman turns out to be undead and bites him when his guard is down. He does it again when he finds Dracula and the bride's sleeping quarters and doesn't keep an eye on Dracula as he stakes the bride first nor how much sunlight he has left. Dracula revives one the sunlight leaves the chambers to which he proceeds to kill Harker.]]
** Tania when she goes to meet up with Lucy. Despite knowing she died not too long ago, she doesn't find it odd that Lucy is clearly walking around, has a pale complexion, two fangs sticking out of her mouth, not talking like the Lucy she should know or the fact that she wants to "play" with her in the ''middle of the night''. The most Tania notices is that Lucy's touch is very cold, but doesn't question it further.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Dracula, when greeting Harker at the beginning.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Van Helsing has to give a slap to [[HystericalWoman hysteric]] Gerda at one point.
* GirlishPigtails: Lucy in her first scene with Dracula.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Helsing does this to the vamped Lucy, searing her head with a cross. Later when Mina is partially bitten by Drac, she's handed a cross to keep her safe but it burns her hand instead.
* ImprovisedCross: During the climactic confrontation, Van Helsing keeps Dracula at distance by putting two candlesticks together.
* InfantImmortality: Little Tania is rescued just before she becomes vampirized Lucy's victim.
* InformedAbility: Dracula is touted as a nigh-unstoppable force of evil that is a threat to the entire planet's safety. [[spoiler:Killing him turns out to be a rather simple matter. One man is able to chase him down and forces him into the sunlight with minimal assistance.]]
%%* KensingtonGore
* {{Leitmotif}}: Probably the most memorable element of James Bernard's music score. (''"DRAAAA-culaaa!"''')
%%* TheLoad: Gerda.
* MercyKill:
** [[spoiler: After finding Harker turned into a vampire. Helsing reluctantly stakes him, knowing Harker would view being undead as a FateWorseThanDeath since he won't be in control of his actions.]]
** Likewise he does so to Lucy at Arthur's request.
* NoImmortalInertia: When vampires are killed, they reveal their real age (recently turned people look normal, but centuries old vampires look like they should).
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The border guard at Ingstadt, who refuses to divulge the destination of Dracula's coffin...that is, until Holmwood [[WillTalkForAPrice slips him a couple of bills]].
* OhCrap:
** Harker, when going to stake Dracula and finding his coffin empty. Then seeing that Dracula is on the staircase above him standing by the exit before he closes the door.
** Helsing upon [[spoiler: finding an undead Harker at Dracula's castle]]
** Both Helsing and Arthur have one when they give Mina a cross but it burns her hand. Indicating that she's been bitten and in danger of becoming a vampire.
* OminousOwl: Arthur is startled by an owl's screams in the night, thinking them to be Mina's.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Getting bitten, even if not completely drained of blood, is an instant threat to the victim and they'll turn unless 1) they're treated properly or 2) the vampire who bit them is killed.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: When Helsing visit Lucy to break the news [[spoiler: about Harker's death]], she states she already knew. When asked how she comments she just did. Of course, the viewer knows it's due to Dracula infecting her with vampirism and presumably his subconscious is seeping in his hers, sharing this information with her. After Helsing sees the bite marks on her neck, he notes it's an early sign of her becoming a vampire.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Dracula's eyes become bloodshot when he hungers or is enraged.
* {{Revenge}}: Helsing figures Dracula targeted Lucy [[spoiler: as poetic revenge against Harker for staking his original bride and have his fiancee replace her.]]
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Used when Harker stakes Dracula's female servant.
** Averted when Van Helsing stakes Lucy. We're treated to a delightfully gory special effects shot instead.
* SiblingSwitchSquick: Lucy and Arthur are usually engaged in ''Dracula'', but here, they're brother and sister (as Arthur and [[DeathByAdaptation Jonathan]] swapped spouses).
* SkepticNoLonger: Arthur intially doesn't believe Helsing at first about vampires, though mostly due to losing two family members, Harker and his sister Lucy, in rapid sucession. But after reading Harker's diary which Helsing delievered to him and Tania's claim of seeing Lucy. He decides to at least check into it. Needless to say he becomes a believer when he sees Lucy walking about after her death and her vampire form nearly trying to bite both Tania and him. After which he helps Helsing hunt down Dracula.
* SlasherSmile: Lucy twice after we see her as a vampire onscreen, the first is after calling Taina to her with the intention of feeding on her. The second is when Arthur calls out to her and she realizes he's in the graveyard.
* StakingTheLovedOne: Played straight at the start when [[spoiler: Helsing is forced to stake Harker after finding him now a vampire resting in Dracula's previous coffin]]. Subverted when Helsing and Arthur find the newly vampirized Lucy in her coffin. Arthur can't even look as Helsing drives the stake into her heart.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Harker foolishly waits until just before dusk to try and dispatch Dracula, and then even more foolishly stakes the female vampire first.
** Tania for leaving her household at night and going with Lucy despite something clearly wrong with her (child or no, you think the fangs would've been a warning sign to her).
** Again, the vampirized Lucy runs into her crypt after being burned by Helsing's cross rather then fleeing the cemetery. Though Helsing does mention that the sunrise was coming soon which may have prevented her from getting far before she was forced into her sleep. But still....
* TranshumanTreachery:
** Lucy after rising as a vampire. Her first act is to target her own niece for feeding. When she spots Arthur, who was spying on her grave, she instantly tries to "kiss" him.
** [[spoiler: Judging by the way Harker was smiling when Helsing found him sleeping in a coffin, it's likely Harker was primed for this as well if he hadn't already (though the lack of blood on his mouth indicates he hadn't risen yet).]]
%%* {{Uberwald}}
%%* VampireBitesSuck
* VampireHunter: Harker (who's not successful) and Van Helsing (who is).
* VampireRefugee:
** Harker when he see's the bite marks after Dracula's bride bites him, he despairs and he knows it's a matter of time before he turns unless he kills Dracula. [[spoiler: He fails and is bitten by Dracula who exacerbates his previous wounds which, not surprisingly, kills him. When Helsing later finds Harker, the vamprisim has long since claimed him.]]
** Lucy in the middle of the film naturally.
** Likewise Mina later in the film.
* VampiresAreSexGods: Women in this film simply cannot resist Dracula.
* TheVoiceless: Dracula, save for a few words with Harker at the very beginning of the film.
* WhamShot: Several
** When Harker awakens after being knocked out by Dracula. He finds that there are bite marks on his neck.
** When Helsing searches Dracula's [[spoiler: and finds Harker in Dracula's crypt, now a vampire. The camera even goes in for a close up to confirm his undeath as Harker is now deathly pale, sporting fangs (and even grinning slightly, indicating the corruption has taken hold completely) and most of his neck where he was bitten previously by Dracula's bride (which before was only clean puncture wounds) is covered in blood, likely done by Dracula to kill him and trigger his transformation.]]
** Not long after the scene where Mina and Arthur wish Lucy a good night, she quickly gets out of bed, opens he patio door to her room, pulls off her necklace and lays back down, pulling down her collar to reveal puncture wounds on her neck.
** After Arthur goes to check a basement for something and leaves. The camera pans down to show that ''Dracula's coffin was hidden there''.
** When Arthur gives Mina a cross, she faints instantly at it's touch. Helsing and Arthur pry it from her hand and find it has burned her palm.
* WillTalkForAPrice: The border guard refuses to reveal the destination of the hearse bearing Dracula's coffin... until Arthur slips a couple bills into his hand.
* TheXOfY: The film's overseas title, original one being an AntagonistTitle.
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: Helsing comes to Transyslvania after hearing no word from Harker. He eventually reaches Dracula's and unfortunately finds the Harker he knows already dead and turned into a vampire, waiting to arise to attack the nearby village.]]
* YourVampiresSuck: Van Helsing dismisses as "a common fallacy" the idea that vampires can turn into wolves or bats.
** The underlying reason is pragmatic: Hammer really could not have done the FX work, as was shown by the utter SpecialEffectsFailure in 1970's ''Film/ScarsOfDracula.'' Director Terence Fisher also said giving Dracula a handicap made the films more exciting.

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