Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Mike / October 10th, 2011


  • October 10, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Awesome movie. Reminds me of Castlevania

  • rigby127

    October 10, 2011 at 3:03 am

    This is super awesome, I can’t wait to see the rest of the dracula series; rock on James!!

  • 25Putnam

    October 10, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I love monster mades.

  • shennanigans

    October 10, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Good Review, yo!

  • October 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Running Water? Dracula is now the Wicked Witch of the West. Stakes and sunlight I’ll buy, but non-holy water?

  • BuzterOne

    October 10, 2011 at 3:19 am

    The Hammer series is just epic!
    Peter Cushing as Van-Helsing and The Baron never fails.
    Great review keep’em coming.

  • TehJedicake

    October 10, 2011 at 3:27 am

    ….running water..? wtf…

  • October 10, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I’m very into vampire lore, very.

    The old tales state that vampires can be afflicted by many things. Such as running water. They also use to believe you should put a net up by your door, because a vampire will have to untie all the knots. Or, drop a bunch of rice because the vampire will have to count all the grains.

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  • October 10, 2011 at 3:45 am

    this was the first dracula movie i ever saw and i thought it was awesome!

  • parasyteFMA

    October 10, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Great video once again, James.

    Personally, I’m not a fan of the Hammer Dracula films. I love the Hammer Mummy, and the Hammer Frankenstein series; but Christopher Lee rubbed me the wrong way as the Count. Couldn’t tell you why though.

    Still, this is a great series to do for this year’s Monster Madness. I am already waiting eagerly for Monster Madness 2012.

  • Darthleather

    October 10, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Before I saw this movie, I saw Dracula AD 1972. Where Van Helsing kills a vampire by putting him in the tub and turning the shower on. I was pretty confused. I learned about the running water thing later when I saw this one.

  • Sev

    October 10, 2011 at 4:56 am

    “Prince of darkness, they walk through the rays of light
    Could this be a vampire, or the prototype
    The shape shifting, mirror image, flash phototype
    To everlast, an original red blood O type!”

  • Michael_Syrigos

    October 10, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Great movie and excllent review of it. For all who haven’t seen it, do, it’s worth it.

  • Doresh

    October 10, 2011 at 5:24 am

    AFAIK, vampires can’t cross running water on their own (and they might not even be able to swim), so this death can make sense.

    As much as I like vampires more beast-like, I think the Hammer version is going a little bit too far. Even Hellsing’s Alucard could be a gentleman, and he’s a freakish monster!

  • Sean Whitmore

    October 10, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Monster Madness is definitely the highlight of my Halloween season each year, so thanks, James!

    I read in a Dracula compendium that the reason Lee didn’t have any lines is so the studio could get away with paying him less. Sounds silly, but then, so does an actor unilaterally deciding not to speak any of his lines.

    Wikipedia even offers a third alternative; the screenwriter says he simply didn’t write any dialogue for Dracula.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Christopher Lee didn’t like being in the sequels? Didn’t know that.
    “Pimp of the Undead” XD

  • October 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Is a moat even running water?

  • Snejku

    October 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Count Dookula

  • ramo10

    October 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Even though Christopher Lee didnt like the sequels, I still think of him as one of the best Dracula in movie history, along with Bela Lugosi and Max Schreck from Nosferatu

  • October 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

    So if i’m hearing this right all i’d have to do to survive against Dracula is take a good healthy piss in a circle around him?

  • RX_79

    October 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

    This movie, Scars of Dracula, and The Satanic Rites of Dracula should have been included included in the hammer Dracula set.

    I don’t think Scars of Dracula even has a US release.

    but the four movie set is still a pretty good deal. K-mart has it for $10.00.

  • xcan

    October 10, 2011 at 10:30 am


  • SpeedyEric

    October 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

    2:24- This transformation was also used in the DTV animated film “The Batman vs. Dracula.” It’s based on the animated show “The Batman,” and it’s worth the watch.

  • xcan

    October 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

    the fact that dracula cant speak is really crapy

  • October 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    @RX_79 Cool! I work at Kmart. I’ll have to see if I can find it tomorrow.

    I got introduced to Hammer’s Dracula through “The Satanic Rites of Dracula” (yeah, the last one in the series), which I found at Wal-Mart years ago for $1.

    I’m currently watching “Taste the Blood of Dracula”.

    As for the running water, yes, it’s part of vampire lore (as stupid as it sounds), but I also read that the exceptions to that are at the ebb and flow of the tide.

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  • Matheus-007

    October 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

    “Pimp of The Undead”. This should be Dracula’s new nickname.

  • Pupukummu

    October 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Great review as always, although I’m quite sure it is mentioned even in Dracula (the novel) that the vampire cannot cross running water unless he’s in a ship or something similar. The water in itself isn’t lethal but I can’t really see a vampire crawling out of a icy platform surrounded by running water. This is actually some older vampire lore, whereas the death by sunlight was given to Dracula by the movies, whereas in the novel sunlight only weakens the vampire.

    But this is just pointless nitpicking, as there are numerous vampire lores all around the world.

  • October 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    “you could probably kill a vampire by looking at him funny..”
    YES! YEEESSSS!!!! THANK YOU JAMES! OH GOD THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAYING THAT!!!! see, that is EXACTLY what I mean when I say I hate all the old cliche stereotypical weaknesses of vampires! they practically include ANYTHING! vampires seriously need a reboot, one where they can’t be killed by a 4 year old as long as he has a cross or water or a splinter of wood.

  • Binxy

    October 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    As always My October would not be complete without Monster Madness.
    I also do a little Halloween marathon every year with one movie everyday till Halloween. This year I’m doing original and remakes.
    So far I have done Texas Chainsaw. Last House on the Left, Dawn of the Dead, The Hills have Eyes, and Friday the 13th.

  • Acurah

    October 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I’m not a hater of James in anyway but I find this years Monster Madness very disappointing. They may be good movies and all but when you do like 3 sequels and then like 7 right after it’s tiring. Even if it’s a different thing. I find myself this year hoping for more AVGN episodes to come out instead of Monster Madness which I thoroughly enjoyed last year.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    For those wondering, here are the mvoies used in the intro.
    The Borrower (1991)
    Nightbeast (1982)
    Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

  • October 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    lol “Pimp of the Undead”

  • MasterFrodo

    October 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Great as always, but I would like to say that I especially like the video player.

  • Necramonium

    October 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Seriously, killing him off with ice? Thats just stupid, when spring is there, he would be resurrected again because the water would warm up again. What were the scriptwriters thinking!

  • FunnyBoo

    October 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I was listening to Prince of Darkness by Megadeth when I came to watch this. Cool!

  • heamrh

    October 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    baptismal water is usually running so maybe that’s it


    October 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    It’s great to learn more about these relics from the past ! Pop culture has messed around so much with remakes and reboots lately that true classics are seen by the younger generations as something that has gone outdated and that’s truly a shame. You have to put them in context because to me, they are a part of history. Anyway thanks James! You truly are the Horror Bible!

  • AmericanGun123

    October 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Love it, thanks for bringing me into horror movies and wanting to do film and photography.

  • techdeville

    October 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    It’s sad how these masterpieces will be skipped by the new generation, I loved the first Dracula (from the 1970s)

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  • Elvenking

    October 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    LMAO…you know what I like about you James…sticking to yourself..and the movies you enjoy. The movies you review are not so much anything that many of your fans (for the variously awesome reasons) would outright enjoy…but maybe they would get an itch and want to see one of them. I can appreciate the nostalgic feeling that it must give when you see them again….I just hope you can exchange the feeling in the form of some 80’s horror reviews…I am older than you and asking for 80’s movies…LOL…imagine that. Anyway…please.

  • angel85

    October 11, 2011 at 1:02 am

    vampires can’t CROSS running water, but it won’t KILL them…besides, the water in a frozen moat isn’t running, it’s still water! So it wouldn’t even work in this context!

  • October 11, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Dracula could have escaped from this icy trap realy easily by transforming him self to a bat,but he didn’t do it i have see this movie and like all the other films of those years has a realy quick ending,by showing us dracula turned in to popsicle.A litle funny to wach but its one of the best preformance from cristopher lee.The fact that he is not speaking to this fim i believe that its not his desition but the producers maybe,they wanted to make him more threatening silent protagonist so he could mach more to the film’s horror.

  • Aristotelles

    October 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Great review, James!

  • Wagner8808

    October 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Where did that new comment system go? With the rating… I loved it… Am I the only one noticing this? James, Mike, what happened. PS. BEST MONSTER MADNESS YEAR YET!

  • marc_lawson

    October 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm


    “The Count, even if he takes the form of a bat, cannot cross the running water of his own volition…”

    – Professor Van Helsing in Jonathan Harker’s Journal, Chapter XXV of Dracula by Bram Stoker

  • wtfisyoda6913

    October 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I believe in the first movie Dracula said something about his servant being away. I always look forward to watching a new monster madness everyday=D

  • Ryutarooo

    October 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm


  • GoldenFrog

    October 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Overall this one is good but i didnt enjoy the ending being killed by water,falling through ice.

  • Jack The Physco

    October 15, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I bet Dracula never found Chris Hansen in his kitchen.

  • JD

    October 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    When you mentioned the part about Christopher Lee not saying anything in the movie because he didn’t agree with the script. I’d like to confirm it to you, that that’s 100% correct. Mr. Lee said it himself on a interview in the Hammer Horror boxset that I’ve got. He talk about his admiration for Bela Lugosi and others who famously wore the cape before him too.

  • Darthleather

    October 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Does anybody know what Dracula’s dialogue in the script was? If Lee found it to be THAT bad, I’d like to know what it was.

  • Strazdas

    November 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Well running water as being deadly/uncrossable by the undead/monsters are a concept that ahs its roots way before the legen of dracula or the actual person, so its not that long of a streach.

    P.S. whats up with this new commenting system, it wants me to register to fagbook, what gives?

  • mblood93

    January 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    “You can kill a vampire just by looking at him funny.”

    HAHAHA!!! While Dracula can’t cross running water in the novel, it just seems kind of strange that this is the way they would kill Dracula off until reviving him for the next sequel. You’d think that they’d kill him with a silver weapon of some kind (in traditional folklore, vampires could be killed by silver). That would’ve been better imo.Also, who’s the character that James claims to be Renfield? I’m just a big fan of his character.And as far as the dialogue of Dracula goes for the movie, who do you guys believe? Christopher Lee or Jimmy Sangster, the screenwriter?

  • markfilmjunkie

    March 2, 2012 at 12:29 am

    what you think of gary oldmans dracula film

  • gojirafan430

    August 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    uhhhh james vampires could ALWAYS be killed by running water

  • caitseith

    October 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The first time I heard about killing vampires with water was in the PC game Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. That was a great and horrifying game!

  • DavidARice

    October 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Kill a vampire by looking at him funny? *stares at Edward Cullen until he dies.*

  • eclipse5863

    October 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Not to nitpick but the legend is that a vampire can’t cross running water. Not that it destroys him

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