Development of The Brides of Dracula, however, continued, albeit patchily. Bryan also added a spectacular climax in which Van Helsing invokes the powers of Hell to destroy Dracula's disciple with a plague of vampire bats. Marianne decides to help him to escape and steals the key from the Baroness' room. Nice to see David Peel get some credit. You probably already know what the movie's about, but just in case. Now, before we get into the fundamentals of how you can watch 'The Brides of Dracula' right now, here are some details about the Hammer Films horror flick. Before audiences can process the implications of this disclaimer, Terence Fisher slashes the frame with the image of a hackney being driven pell-mell through the mossy, mist-choked Transylvanian countryside.
The film's standout scene has Meinster bestow upon an unconscious Van Helsing the dreaded kiss of the vampire; this unabashedly homoerotic exchange leaves the good doctor to awaken in a panic and then exorcise this infection with fire in a scene of self-scourging worthy of Martin Scorsese an admitted Hammer fan. Other voices argue that Lee's absence was by fiat of Hammer itself, who considered his costar Peter Cushing their capital asset. Out of the blue, Baroness Meinster comes to the place and invites Marianne to spend the night in her castle, where she lives with her servant Greta. It scared the bejaysus out of me aged 9 and enchants me 50 years later. It's all about a beautiful woman named Marianne Danielle Yvonne Monlaur going to a woman's academy to teach French. For all its intensity and forward momentum, however, the production could not shake the overall aura of abridgement, leaving this epoch-making film feeling decidedly less than epic. During the night, Marianne sees a man in a balcony and she learns that he is Baron Meinster, the insane son of the Baroness.
In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. The Brides of Dracula feels at once more personal, more specific and, despite a syllabus rich in necromancy, necrophilia, incest, homoeroticism and all around monsterism, more human. The rewrites were minimal, but apparently enough to satisfy Cushing, but Hinds himself did yet a further rewrite just prior to production commencing, in an attempt to anticipate the scissor-happy censor. The Brides of Dracula is a 1960 British Hammer Film Productions Horror film directed by Terence Fisher. Even when paired with Cushing for The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 , Cushing's Sherlock Holmes was clearly the star of the show. A cruelly handsome and quite patently homosexual actor who eventually quit the business to become an antiques dealer , Peel makes Meinster as feral as he is fey and provides Cushing's dogged and determined Van Helsing with a consummate and capable adversary, able to charm the bodices off the local ladies and then transform into a leather-winged bat to elude capture.
Some of the plotting is clumsy i. The film was a huge box office success, doing particularly well in Britain, the United States and Japan, and cementing head of Hammer s relationship with Universal for several years to come. The assignment came with just one prerequisite: remove Dracula from the script entirely. Now considered one of the best of the original gothic Hammer horrors, Brides of Dracula takes it rightful place in the hall of fame as does it's original quad poster, which is highly prizxed and very rare! Luckily for some, Dr Van Helsing is already on his way. In Transylvania, the teacher Marianne Danielle is heading to a small village where she will teach French and etiquette for teenage girls. Stranded by her driver in the hamlet's discomfiting inn, our heroine laments that she will arrive too late to accept a coveted teaching position at a girls' academy in nearby Badstein but is rescued through the intervention of a local aristocrat Martita Hunt , who takes the girl under her wing with the expected disastrous results.
Principally a camera operator for the studio, Bryan was battling the throat cancer that would ultimately take his life and was glad for the extra income. Jackson is as vivid as if they are live on stage and we are inside the theatre front row. Van Helsing, who has been invited by the local priest to treat a disease. So many qualities to appreciate in this film. As if ripping a page or two from Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 while anticipating Roger Corman's The Little Shop of Horrors 1960 , The Brides of Dracula has the wizened and witchy Baroness Meinster bringing the girl into her home not for care and comfort but as food for her ravening monster of a son, whom she keeps shackled and safe from the world in the depths of their ancestral manse. With Dracula literally out of the picture, Bryan thought it best to bring back the character of indefatigable vampire slayer, Abraham Van Helsing, whom Peter Cushing had played in Hammer's original. Early in 1959, in-house producer Anthony Hinds retained Dracula scribe Jimmy Sangster to pound out a script for a proposed sequel, to be called Disciple of Dracula.
Naturally, they were keen for a sequel, and Anthony Hinds commissioned Jimmy Sangster to produce a treatment for Disciple of Dracula at the beginning of 1959. By this point, the Count had been reduced to a celebrity cameo, turning up in the denouement to settle the hash of an overzealous acolyte, upon whose caped shoulders rested the soul of the plot. She doesn't know this and lets him loose. Still this is just great. Tobler , Henry Oscar Herr Otto Lang , Mona Washbourne Frau Helga Lang , Andree Melly Gina , Victor Brooks Hans - a Villager , Fred Johnson The Cure, Father Stepnik , Michael Ripper Coachman , Norman Pierce Johann - Landlord , Vera Cook Landlord's Wife , Marie Deveruex Village Girl.
Soon Van Helsing learns that Marianne has unleashed a vampire that is murdering the dwellers of the village. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. It stars Peter Cushing as Van Helsing; David Peel as Baron Meinster, a disciple of Count Dracula; Yvonne Monlaur as Marianne Danielle; Andrée Melly as her roommate, Gina; Marie Devereux as a village girl; and Martita Hunt as the Baroness Meinster. It gets complicated but she ends up spending the night in castle Meinster. Like all good fairy tales, it is rooted in a reality of sorts, yet elements of it stay in the mind long after, garish and redolent as a dream. Hammer were looking for a new vehicle for , and so Dracula the Damned appeared in the shooting schedules by the summer of that year, but Peter Bryan was brought in to rewrite Disciple of Dracula, which introduced Van Helsing into the mix as the nemesis of Baron Meinster; the result was renamed The Brides of Dracula. It was deemed absolutely necessary for to reprise his role as Van Helsing, but he was unimpressed with the screenplay and so theatre writer Edward Percy was engaged to make yet further changes.
He's sexy, handsome and scary as hell as the vampire. A generation later, Tim Burton would draw on his childhood memories of the pyrotechnic conclusion of The Brides of Dracula while conceiving the final frames of his own Sleepy Hollow 1999. Van Helsing , Martita Hunt Baroness Meinster , Yvonne Monlaur Marianne Danielle , Freda Jackson Greta , David Peel Baron Meinster , Miles Malleson Dr. It's a good thing Dr. Then she leaves the castle and is found by Dr. The Brides of Dracula moves fleetly from one foreboding scene to the next, with cinematographer Jack Asher lighting the proceedings with a candied palette whose purples, reds and blues are as sickly as they are majestic. Later Marianne believes that he will jump off the balcony and she goes to his room and finds that he is chained by his mother.
At the behest of Cushing, the bat swarm was eighty-sixed Cushing felt the righteous Van Helsing would not broker with the Devil and a third writer, playwright Edward Percy coauthor of the stage thriller Ladies in Retirement and a member of Parliament from 1943 to 1950 , was retained to embroider the script with historical flourishes and elevate its dramatic pedigree. Dracula does not appear in the film Christopher Lee would reprise his role in the 1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness and is mentioned only twice, once in the prologue, once by Van Helsing. She also meets young, handsome Baron Meinster David Peel who's chained up in the castle by his mother. The genius of Jimmy Sangster's script for Dracula lay in the skill with which the writer telescoped the major scenes from Bram Stoker's source novel so that plot developments were always two steps ahead of audience expectation. In the driver's seat, Hammer trouper Michael Ripper ignores the entreaties of the sole passenger Yvonne Monlaur to slow down as he steers the coach into the main square of a somber Carpathian village. Released 1960, 'The Brides of Dracula' stars , , , The movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 25 min, and received a score of out of 100 on Metacritic, which compiled reviews from knowledgeable critics.