Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dracula has Risen from the Grave 1968

     A Monsignor comes to a small village to perform an exorcism on the castle of Count Dracula.  What he doesn’t see and he doesn’t know is that the Priest who came with him fell and spilled blood on the coffin of Dracula.  The Monsignor leaves and Dracula has awakened.  He bites the Priest and he becomes the servant to Dracula.  They go to a bar in town, they follow the barmaid and Dracula bites her.  She is ordered to bring Maria the niece of the Monsignor to the basement where the coffin of Dracula is being kept.  This is revenge for the cross the Monsignor put on the doorway to the castle.  Maria escapes but he later goes to her room at the Monsignor’s home.  She is bitten and Dracula plans to make her his bride.  The only one who can save her is her boyfriend Paul because he loves her.
     I was expecting to be scared by this film but I wasn’t!!  It is interesting but not scary.  There is a lot of blood, thunder, lighting and biting but it all seems very calm.  The eyes of Dracula with the blood veins on the whites are a little freaky but it could be just from eyestrain!!  3* (This movie is OK)

92 min, Drama directed by Freddie Francis with Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing, Barry Andrews, Ewan Hooper, Marion Mathie, Michael Ripper, John D. Collins, George A. Cooper.

Note:  Imdb 6.6 out of 10, 80% critic 60% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 121 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK.  There is a mistake with the window to the niece’s room.  First it has glass, then Dracula breaks it, then the window is unbroken but boarded up later?

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