Horror of Dracula (1958)

Mike / October 9th, 2011

Posted on Oct 9, 2011.

R.I.P. Christopher Lee (June 7, 2015)

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UPDATE: The missing footage from the Mina seduction scene and Dracula’s death scene have been restored and released on Blu-ray March 18, 2013, but on Region B only.



  • October 9, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Way to go James this looks like it will be even better then the Frankenstein series!

  • Brian

    October 9, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Eh. Can’t say I’m too excited to see this series reviewed. I’m sure you will make it entertaining though. Woulda been awesome had you done the Hammer Frankenstein series as well as the Universal one.

    • A H

      April 6, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      he did

    • Smokingspoon

      June 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      To be honest, I’m not familiar with Lee’s dracula, more with Lugosi. But it’s always fun to see those videos.

      Lee was always the man with the golden gun to me ^^

  • Mr. Voorhees

    October 9, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Great review! I’m a huge fan of this series, and of Christopher Lee as Dracula, so I was really excited to see that you were reviewing them!

    Here in the UK, this one’s just called “Dracula”, but they changed it in the US to avoid confusion with the Bela Lugosi film.

  • October 9, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Yay! I guessed you’d do a Hammer series next!

    Love it! Was one of my first Dracula’s I’ve seen as a kid!

  • October 9, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Fun week ahead!

    So did Dracula 1931 never have any sequels? I’ve heard James say something about ‘Alucard’ about 1000 times, but was that movie made much later with different cast and so on?

    By the way, I recognize the name Michael Gough, but I don’t know from where… hmm…

  • zonnic

    October 9, 2011 at 3:18 am

    James not to argue but the uncut version was released in the UK back in 2007, just to let you know.
    Great review BTW the hammer series of Dracula is one of my favorites of all time and i’m really looking forward to this week.

  • rigby127

    October 9, 2011 at 3:26 am

    This is great, especially this video, this is gonna be a great month; also i think there should be more OverAnalyzers and Bullshit, but not until you’re done with AVGN the movie

  • WillWill

    October 9, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Hammer Draculas were awesome. I loved them growing up, and recently revisited them thanks to you, James! Great stuff.

  • Paulmeister

    October 9, 2011 at 3:38 am

    I really don’t like the new player. The scroll bar is way too thin and the color clashes with Cinemassacre’s style, among other things.

  • david2000magic

    October 9, 2011 at 3:39 am

    man you should have done the uneversal drcula series first then hammer’s frankenstein series next. not that i care about the plot but i wanted to see how the monsters looked like in the hammer series. i have seen how only one looks like. the gorrila played by david prowse

  • October 9, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I’ve always liked the Hammer Dracula films, and Christopher Lee is awesome; it’s such a shame he didn’t get more lines in these film bcz he’s got such a killer voice.

  • You Only Live Thrice

    October 9, 2011 at 3:41 am

    oh yeah put on your Reeboks its a Dracula-a-thon!

  • log

    October 9, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Great Monster Madness so far! Can’t wait for the rest of em.

    Funny thing about Christopher Lee… Every time I see him, especially as Dracula, I always think of James’ AVGN episode from Castlevania II…

    “You mean Christopher Lee… Is like… A bee?”

  • October 9, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Great review! I think you forget to mention the year the film is from though (1958 – you just mention it’s from the 50s late in the review.) That’s part of the reason why it is so impressive I would imagine – this is only 10 years after “Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein”. I will have to get the Hammer films on DVD one day, as I haven’t seen them. Looking forward to the rest of the reviews!

  • October 9, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Did you know that John Carpenter tried to get Vincent Price or Peter Cushing to play Sam Loomis in Halloween. Guess he was a fan.

  • October 9, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Sorry I meant to say he tried to get Christopher Lee not Peter Cushing.

  • Sean Wolahan

    October 9, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Meh. I could be more or less exited about Hammer. But, fantastic review as always! I can’t wait to see next week! (I hope it’s Gamera!)

  • Mattashell

    October 9, 2011 at 4:16 am

    So I take it, we’re skipping ‘Brides of Dracula’ which featured Cushing but not Lee.

    I see we’re now back to using the old comment system and I can’t directly reply to another poster so:

    @ Freddy: 1931’s Dracula was followed by Dracula’s Daughter & Son of Dracula (neither featured Lugosi) then came House of Frankenstein & House of Dracula which also tie into Frankenstein and the Wolfman and have both been reviewed by James this year. Michael Gough is most likely familiar to you because he played Alfred in the 1989 Batman film and its three sequels.

  • liononzion

    October 9, 2011 at 4:39 am

    great review

  • tweej

    October 9, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I just watched the 1931 dracula for the first time last week and I was shocked by the lack of violence. Ironic. I haven’t seen the Hammer ones. I may have to track them down. I’m excited about the reviews of them though.

  • KaiGusto

    October 9, 2011 at 5:46 am

    HELP! please please use a different video player, I can’t get this one working.. ive tried Google Chrome and internet explorer.. the rest work, but the numbers 8 and 9 don’t play!!

  • October 9, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Does this mean we’ll see The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires James?

  • exploda

    October 9, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires has already been done.

  • teamoore

    October 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Is there will be F.F. Coppola’s Dracula review? I’d love to see it!

  • BobJohnson

    October 9, 2011 at 7:19 am


  • david2000magic

    October 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

    James should review: Dracula Dead and Loving it

  • BrandeX

    October 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Check out this blog I just found, people who have been enjoying this series on Cinemassacre may find some stuff they like over there too, like soundtracks, radio shows, posters, etc.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I knew you would do a Hammer Dracula week. Awesome. I would love to learn about each film. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s sequel.

  • bort

    October 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

    So I take it you’re not covering Brides of Dracula? Just because the title is a lie and it doesn’t have Dracula in it at all? That said, I still think it is a fun movie and has Peter Cushing’s best performance as Van Helsing.

  • superca.in

    October 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Wow, Michael Gough!! he palys Alfred in the Burton-Schumacher Batman franchise. Funny how both franchises are bat related haha

  • Riknight36

    October 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I wonder what modern horror series you’re going to take on. The Saw series sucked, but it’d be cool to see all of the films looked over since the series is supposedly complete. Because of you, James, I actually wish October had more days. Unbelievable.

  • mwhitener

    October 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Awesome, I had a feeling you were going to do this series next, both the Boris Karloff Frankenstein and this Dracula are probably my two favorite horror series ever. You seem to be taking on each series in chronological order so I wonder what series you’ll be taking on next. I’m guessing Halloween but most of the sequals are horrible, Friday the 13th are too very similiar, and Freddy is very hit and miss as well. I hope you do something very left field like Phantasm or Alien. The problem with all these series is the first one or two are incredible but afterwards they get pregressively worse. And please don’t do Saw, its a very shamefull legacy to horror series.

  • alexdeley

    October 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Hi Jamea. I’m delighted to opted for the Hammer Dracula films – I love those films.

    You might be interested to know that Christopher Lee also had a cameo as Dracula in the 1969 Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr comedy “The Magic Christian”. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064622/) It’s a strange movie that includes many of the Monty Python cast and is, in many ways, a percursor to Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

  • Alufear

    October 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    After watching Monster Madness a year or two back, I hunted down and watched as many of the Hammer Draculas I could get my hands on. Fantastic series.

    I’d be cool if James could watch and talk about Hellsing Ultimate. I think it’s the best modern interpretation of the Dracula mythos to date, and the gore and the guns seem right up his alley.

  • MrMastercatfish

    October 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    God I love Monster Madness

  • October 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    DAMMIT I WAS SO FUCKING CLOSE!!! Ah well, this is still awesome.

    How you put the title to “Horror of Dracula” is beyond fucking amazing. Really nice observation.

    I understand where you’re coming from with each point, but I gotta disagree on some things. I don’t like Cushing as Helsing, and I’ll tell ya why. He plays the same role he did in the Frankenstein movies, which comes off as repetitive and shows a lack of talent. Also, the sets are good but for 80% of the movie nothing you wouldn’t expect out of a normal Middle-Age Upper-Class English House.

    Anyways, so, now for some updated predictions:

    Gamera (8 Movies, Original Series, 16th-23rd)
    Friday the 13th (8 Movies, Original Series, 24th-31st)

  • LigawTingin

    October 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Wow I just saw the beginning clip and noticed Ramon Revilla Sr. a local (Philippines) actor where his movies specializes on native folklore. Good find James, I used to enjoy his movies when I was young.

  • October 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Ha! I knew you would do this series. I assume you’ll do the Chris Lee-less “Brides of Dracula” next because it is the true sequel (since it’s got Van Helsing) before “Prince of Darkness” and even though you covered it before “7 Golden Vampires” (again because of Cushing’s Van Hellsing and it being the last of Hammer’s Dracula cycle even if the Dracula isn’t Christopher Lee).

    Predictions for the 3rd set will be Friday the 13th since it’s got 12 films and will almost get you to Halloween.

  • Darthleather

    October 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I suppose he’s going to skip over The Bride of Dracula. As Dracula never actually appears in that movie.

  • techdeville

    October 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I think James should start revealing clips from the AVGN Movie already! I’m dying to see it!

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  • Lightice

    October 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Any hope of seeing the German Nosferatu-remake from the 1970’s with Klaus Kinski here, some time? I find it perhaps the most unique and original twist to Dracula’s story – discounting the original Nosferatu ofcourse, which technically speaking wasn’t a Dracula film.

  • October 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    hoo boy, I’m gonna have to really bite my tongue over the next week. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the classic traditional vampire stories that started the genre, but in all honesty I can’t stand vampire cliches and stereotypes, and I suspect this, (as well as the universal films) is where all the vamp stereotypes came from. no matter, I’m still going to enjoy this Monster Maddness arc, I mean, the genre had to start somewhere, right?

  • ollienyy

    October 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Working for Warner Brothers at the time, I was able to attend a screening of the BFI Restoration Print of Horror of Dracula with ALL the censored elements replaced that were found in the Japanese print. This was back in 2007 and caused a huge stir among restoration enthusiasts. To the author of these works for the “Monster Madness” (who I am grateful for introducing a new audience to movie classics) I recommend you get someone to fact check your items, as entertaining as they may be, some of your videos have given out misleading or plain wrong information regarding the history of the said motion picture.

    Also, the great list of your Frankenstein movies was sullied by your annoying comments about the reuse of actors. This was INCREDIBLY Common back in the Studio System. Bogart being one of the most famous in the WB system for playing the gangster foil to Cagney and or Edward G Robinson in many, many movies. Universal was one of the bigger studios to do this, especially during their horror phase, being that they were the smaller studio.

    Many thanks for the work you have done so far and I hope for a greater concentration on accuracy in future videos.


  • FMN89

    October 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Actually ollienyy you’re incorrect. The 2007 restoration does not include the missing shots of Dracula’s face disintegrating nor the extended bedroom scene between Dracula and Mina. That Japanese print with this footage has just been discovered recently and plans are now underway to insert them into the restored 2007 version .

  • ollienyy

    October 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Apologies FMN89, the 07 Restoration was taken from the fire damaged negative and the censored re-added were from A previously available Japanese Print, this did include a heavily damaged version of the face disintergrating (the curator on visit at the time apologized for the look of the restored scenes) and it definitely had the extended Bedroom scene. When the print was screened (Pretty sure it was a recently struck workprint coming off of the restoration master the Brits had created) there were no plans of a DVD release, one of the reasons being the degraded A/V of the restored edits. If a new print has been found with good quality of those scenes then again, my apologies. But at the industry screening I saw back in 07, those scenes WERE in the print.

    Being not a horror fan, more of a western and film noir fan (my speciality) I was more intrigued by the extended scenes (some were taken from the US Cut which was longer due to the Brit censors taking their scissors to it at the time) and the discussion of the restoration procedures before hand. It was a small screening, only 12-20 of us were invited. Like the Print of Major Dundee that was screened by Sony in 06 and another restored print of Heavens Gate (made for the never released DVD Special Edition) these were likely one offs. With good quality of the scenes now available, I guess the print with gather dust at the BFI archives or trashed all together.

    I have not see the DVD release to the public to compare it to the print screened for us back in 07, but if it does not have these scenes, I would be curious as to why they were not restored back. Perhaps like the extended Tuco torture sequence from Leone’s Good, Bad and the Ugly, the quality was deemed too bad for DVD viewers (I remember the color was heavily washed out, there was bad audio chops in the head dissolve and both scenes had major scratches, meaning they were likely taken from a Theatrical Run print rather then an archive print.


  • ShawnCHiLL

    October 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Love Monster Madness James. Ive been watchin your stuff for a while now. but ive never commented. Im goin back and watchin all the Monster Maddness years again. Wonder who else is too. Thanks for contributing to making this October a little more fun. Even if I am 28. LOL. I still love watching horror flicks in October more then any other time of year. Even though i watch them all year long anyway. And thanks to your Monter Madness, i can enjoy a little bit of what i dont have too. And learn some things along the way. This is the first year since youve been doing this that Ive had acess to the your site as there coming out. For the longest time up until maybe 3 years ago, i could only see your stuff at the library computer. Then time went by and i came across your stuff again. And now the last few years, im a regular on here. Love watch them new every other day as you hatch them out. All the other Monster madnesses were out by the time i got to watch them. So this is a treat. I really love watching them and i really love agry nerd. And i love how we had so much of the same stuff grownin up. Love the Universal Monsters Real Ghostbusters toys in your old video by the way. Long live Cinemassacre.com.
    Your Fan. Shawn Hill. 28. Vallejo Ca.
    Peace James. And peace to Mother Fucker Mike too.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Who knew that the three lead actors of this film would go on to play Grand Moff Tarkin, Alfred Pennyworth, and Count Dooku?

    I really need to find and watch the Hammer Dracula and Frankenstein films. They look really cool for 50s, 60s, and 70s standards.

  • stefhawk4

    October 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I really enjoy the Hammer films. I remember seeing The Legend of Seven Golden Vampires when I was a little kid. I was really excited to learn that Hammer has started making films again recently.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Another interesting review with interesting factoids. Seeing as you covered the original Dracula in a past Monster Madness already, it will be interesting to see you cover the Hammer series.

  • 19Szabolcs91

    October 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Awesome, 2 of my 4 predictions already became correct O.o

    Even more awesome, I haven’t even seen these Hammer films yet (I did see the universal ones), so this is all new for me and got me interested.

    So this is 7 movies, Frankenstein was 8, so there’s 16 days left.

    Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street both consist of 8 movies (if you count New Nightmare), so I stand by these predictions 🙂

  • Andreas

    October 11, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Does anyone know what are the movies in the introduction ? The second one seems to be The Killing of Satan (1983), but I have no idea what are the other two.

    And as usual, great review !

  • Aristotelles

    October 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Great review, James!

  • BloodyTomSavini

    October 11, 2011 at 8:21 am

    The first shot I believe is the monster from Raw Head Rex.Very hard to find that one around anywhere.

  • Balfro

    October 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Back in Highschool I was in a Dracula play and I performed the part of Arthur. The roles of the love interests was also swapped in the play and my characters’ love interest was also Mina. This was not a change we added, so I’m not sure how it came to be in the script.

  • 19-2000

    October 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    this new video format seems to be giving me some trouble… am I the only one?

  • greedo

    October 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Funny, for me it’s the exact opposite. I do have problems with the viewer resolution though. It doesn’t quite fit the screen, although it fits much better than the last one. (Thank God for the widescreen button)! On the other hand, I have difficulty with the Gametrailers video browser. It tends to studder a lot, especially with videos of longer length(the AVGN Barbie video was unwatchable, at least on my computer). But that’s a whole different kettle of fish.

  • bluper8

    October 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I have to say that Bela Lugosi is still the better vampire, he has that look that just sums up vampires! Bela Lugosi is by far my favorite vampire.

  • coasterlove

    October 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Andreas, I believe the scene where the girl is holding the severed arm is from the movie The Burning. Pretty decent movie that resembles Friday The 13th in it’s setting although was written first but came out just after Friday.

  • Darthleather

    October 13, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Andreas, the first clip with the monster is Rawhead Rex,from the film of the same name. The other clip with the arm is The Burning.

  • Doug

    October 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

    the Lugosi movie and its sequels never really scared me as a kid because the black and white took me out of it just enough, which is a shame because the first one at least really is a classic, but the Hammer Dracula had me sleeping with my parents for a few weeks after seeing it, especially the end death scene.
    i just noticed you’ve added the titles to the past Monster Madness lists, and that’s awesome; it’s much much easier to find stuff now.

  • GoldenFrog

    October 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Nice to see a new era of actors in an updated series

  • Hypoxic

    October 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    The Hammer films rule. They rule!

  • luciano92

    October 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Just saw this movie today for the first time, and it really is good! Thanks for helping people discover these classics. I enjoy your reviews, and look forward to them each day. I only hope that you keep dong Monster Madness in the years to come, and I can’t wait to watch your future films!

  • NetLex

    October 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Bela is the better of the two Dracula’s, IMO, but, Christopher Lee deserves his props.
    Also, gotta luv Hammer Studio for bringing blood and cleavage into full, glorious color with such class. 😉

  • Reimeioh

    October 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    @ Coasterlove

    And also not forget Tom Savini did FX for both movies.

  • Darthleather

    October 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Horror of Dracula is coming on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 8:00. Followed by House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, House of Wax, and Curse of the Demon. That’s what you call a lineup!

  • October 23, 2011 at 7:12 am

    HA HA HAA christopher lee eats his face on the glass door and the girl screams hilarious! I will search for this.

  • JhulszSantos

    January 10, 2012 at 2:24 am

    cool.. I think he just used a Filipino film in one of the random clips during the intro.. 😀

  • markfilmjunkie

    March 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

    i profer peter cushing but the second best id anthony hopkins 

  • Xase

    August 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    @Andreas the first one is Rawhead Rex. I don’t know the one after the Killing of Satan.

  • callum sweeney

    February 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm


  • April 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

    my first comment

  • Joey McVeigh

    May 18, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I bought the hammer Dracula films because of you and I am not disappointed one bit. Thank you for showing these classic horror films to all of us

  • BladeRunner

    August 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Hammer horror films are some of my favorite, and I love collecting them on DVD. Classic video can’t wait for this years Monster Madness.

  • austin castle

    July 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    i wonder if James is going to review the Sleepaway Camp series or the Scream series next October. well i hope so.

  • Claude Lilford

    October 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Why do they keep putting all the goodies on Blu-Ray? I’m still not going to buy it.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      June 12, 2015 at 1:44 am

      Where else should they put it???? On Netflix or something?

  • No Username

    June 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

    wow he almost lived to 100! the things this guy must of seen and been through within his time

  • June 11, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Christopher Lee was a masterful actor

  • June 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Since I live in the UK, watching that original ending is perfect! Love this version of Dracula.

  • Night-X

    June 12, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Just got the news about him being dead and know that you would do a video about him too. I’ll watch it tomorrow.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      June 12, 2015 at 1:42 am

      This is an old video, not a new one 🙂 It’s a review from Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness: Sequel-A-Thon in 2011. The upload date says 2015, but the comments are from 2011, and the description also says it was posted on 2011.

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