Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is the fourth Dracula film from Hammer Horror, released in 1968 and 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, then through a crack in the ice onto the lips of the body of Count Dracula bringing him 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.
Followed by Taste the Blood of 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.
- Breaking and Bloodsucking: Maria is standing at her balcony door when Dracula comes for her and she slowly retreats to her bed.
- 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 in label, but averted in behavior. He's a pretty decent guy who just happens to not believe. He does however start his path to believing something is out there in the end upon seeing the effect crosses have on vampires. Then again, he does allow Dracula to escape a staking because he refuses to pray.
- Human Popsicle: Or in Dracula's case, Vampire Popsicle.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Dracula with the standard move to snare women.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Dracula
- MookFace 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
- Our Vampires Are Different: It's not enough to drive a stake through a vampire's heart; you have to pray after you do it. This allows Dracula to escape when Paul the Straw Atheist stakes him but can't bring himself to pray.
- 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.
- Roof Hopping: Maria does this routinely when coming to see Paul, because her uncle the Monsignor disapproves. Later the Monsignor does this to pursue Dracula.
- Same Content, Different Rating: The explicitly gory Dracula Has Risen From the Grave was given a G rating in the U.S.; this was around the same time the MPAA rating system was established and before the G rating was truly codified as "kids stuff".
- Seasonal Baggage: The "seasonal montage" variant. A single shot of the church bell throw a window shows rain, then snow, then no snow, to demonstrate passage of a year.
- Series Continuity Error: It is shown and explained in this film that just staking a vampire isn't enough; you must say a prayer after you do it or they don't die. Yet in the first film, Horror of Dracula, Harker kills Dracula's bride without saying a prayer.
- Starving Student: Paul, working as a baker to fund his education.
- "You!" Exclamation: The Monsignor says this when his pursuit of Dracula is interrupted by Dracula's mook—the priest. The priest then whacks him over the head with a stone tablet.
- 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.