Film: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a 1968 Hammer Horror film, set immediately after Dracula: Prince of Darkness. The film stars Christopher Lee in his third appearance as Dracula along with Robert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barry Andrews, Ewan Hopper and Barbara Ewing.The film opens with an altar boy about to ring a church bell when suddenly something wet drips on his cheek. Inspecting it, he discovers it is blood. He climbs into the bell tower and to his horror discovers the corpse of a young woman crammed inside the church's bell with two bloody punctured holes in her neck. A year later in 1896, after Dracula has been (supposedly) destroyed Monsignor Ernest Muller (Rupert Davies) comes to the village on a routine visit only to find the altar boy is now a frightened mute and the Priest (Ewan Hooper) has apparently lost his faith. The villagers won't go to Mass at the Catholic church because the shadow of Dracula's castle touches it. To fix this, the Monsignor climbs to the castle to exorcise it.The terrified Priest follows only partway up the mountain and the Monsignor continues alone. As the Monsignor exorcises the castle, attaching a large metal cross to its gate, a thunderstorm occurs. The Priest flees, stumbles, and is knocked unconscious when his head strikes a rock. The blood from the wound on his head trickles into a frozen stream. It trickles through a crack in the ice onto the lips of the body of Count Dracula – bringing it to life. The Monsignor returns to the village, reassures the villagers, and returns to his home city of Kleinenberg.Unfortunately, this isn't the end. The newly revived Dracula is angered at the cross barring entry into his castle and vows revenge. Putting the Priest under his control, Dracula embarks to Kleinenberg for revenge, choosing to target the Monsignor's niece, Maria (Veronica Carlson). It ultimately falls to Maria's love interest, a studious young man and atheist named Paul (Barry Andrews) to save Maria and stop Dracula.
Dracula Has Risen From the Grave has the following tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage: Zena
- Betty and Veronica: Maria and Zena
- Brainwashed: The Priest, put under the mental control of Dracula. Justified as the Priest's will is weakened by his Crisis of Faith.
- Body in a Breadbox: The corpse hidden in the church bell.
- Chekhov's Gun: The cross used to seal Castle Dracula.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Why the first attempt to stake Dracula fails.
- Crisis of Faith: The Priest
- Continuity Nod: Dracula entombed in frozen water from the previous film.
- Dumb Struck: The mute altar boy
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Priest, never given a name in the movie or credits; averted with the Monsignor, whose name is Ernest Muller.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Both the student Paul and Dracula prefer blonde Maria, much to Zena's annoyance.
- Fiery Red Head: Zena. She even challenges Dracula a few times.
- Hollywood Atheist: Paul
- Human Popsicle: Or in Dracula's case, Vampire Popsicle.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Dracula
- Mook-Face Turn: The Priest regains his faith at the end when Dracula gets impaled on the cross and recites the Lord's Prayer to finish off Dracula.
- Ms. Fanservice: Maria and Zena
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: The girl's body that falls out of the church bell.
- As well as Zena when The Priest goes to put the lid on Dracula's coffin and find her body (oddly vamped but dead) laying under it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Dracula, of course.
- Starving Student: Paul
- You Have Failed Me: Zena is turned into one of Dracula's mooks after he bites her. She's given orders to kidnap Maria, but fails to do so. Dracula promptly slays her for her failure and has the Priest burn her body.