This week we have a special edition of #FILMTALK to mark Peter Cushing’s birthday on 26 May. Hammer Runner, Phil Campbell, who worked with Peter and Christopher Lee at Hammer Films in the early 70s, reviews Dracula, Hammer’s 1958 classic horror directed by the impeccable Terence Fisher.

Dracula is Hammer Films’ 1958 classic horror film directed by Terence Fisher and which starred Christopher Lee as Dracula and Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing. Based on Bram Stoker’s novel, the screenplay was written by Jimmy Sangster and built on the success of The Curse of Frankenstein, setting the studio on course to re-establish the Gothic horror film genre.

The film was called Horror of Dracula in the US to prevent it being confused with Universal’s 1931 version of the story starring Bela Lugosi.

In 1885 Jonathan Harker travels to Castle Dracula to take up a position as the count’s librarian. Late one evening he is startled by a young woman who begs to help her escape. Dracula intervenes and escorts Harker to his room, where he begins to write his journal and his real intentions are revealed: he is a vampire killer and intends to kill Dracula.

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