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Horror Of Dracula Blu-ray Review

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An underrated Dracula film comes to Blu-ray.

1958’s “Horror Of Dracula” begins with Jonathan Harker visiting Count Dracula at Castle Dracula. He claims to be there to work as the new librarian, but in reality he is there to stop Dracula. Without getting into deep spoilers, let’s just say he doesn’t get the job done. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Van Helsing arrives to help Harker only to discover what really happened. Moreover, Dracula has apparently vanished. As Dr. Van Helsing does some more research on vampires and Dracula in general, he soon discovers that Dracula is targeting Harker’s fiancee Lucy and that he may be nearer than he thinks. With the help of Lucy’s brother Arthur, Dr. Van Helsing hops to stop Dracula once and for all…if he can.

“Horror of Dracula” is often known as the crown jewel of the British Hammer Horror series and it’s hard to argue with that. What really makes this particular entry a winner is the two leads- Christopher Lee as Dracula and Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing. These genre icons clearly give the parts their all and they own the screen. Lee makes Dracula his own with a more vicious and imposing take on the legendary vampire. He’s not on screen much, but his presence looms large over it. When he is on screen, he commands your attention. Likewise, Cushing really drives the movie. Without his distinguished acting chops, I’m not sure this movie works quite as well since he has to do so much heavy lifting as it where.

‘Horror’ certainly has its fair share of flaws with some lengthy time killing filler scenes, questionable character actions, plot conveniences, you get the drill. Watching this, it’s clear that ‘Horror’ (or any Hammer film for that matter) isn’t comparable to the Universal Monsters films. With that said, Hammer deserves credit for establishing their own vibe and brand. I for one admired the fact that ‘Horror’ deviated from the source material and told its own story. It’s a nice change of pace from the normal Dracula tale even with the shortcomings.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 1080p. How does it look? Easily the best print of the film you’ll see. The colors are so much richer in hi-def.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Despite being a Mono track, this is a solid 2.0 track (the score sounds especially crisp).

The lone extra is a “Horror Of Dracula” trailer.

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January 3, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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