Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

The third Hammer Dracula film, but only the second with Christopher Lee. Having dispensed with (what they used of) the story of the original novel, but again rejoined by the count himself, Hammer seemed push to make a more creative Dracula film. It’s a proper genuine sequel, set ten years after Dracula’s previous demise. The…

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1990)

The word ‘sumptuouss’ gets thrown around a lot when it comes to this film. Is the film sumptuous, does it look expensive, does it look splendid? I suppose it’s hard to deny. The sets are ornate, the costumes are inventive, there’s a real sense of grandeur and wealth to the whole thing. The script alters…

The Collectors (2014) by Philip Pullman

A more interesting prequel exercise than the character-focused ones; an efficient little supernatural story with new bit characters. Perhaps the point of it was to confirm a wibbly-wobbly timing issue between the many universes of the series, but the shortness and speed of the story make it feel more like a proper little almost horror…

Once Upon a Time in the North (2008) by Philip Pullman

A nice enough prequel story, more plot-heavy than LYRA’S OXFORD, and less charming as well. It initially feels like a sort of standalone episodic adventure not too tied into the main HIS DARK MATERIALS serious, but of course contrives ways to prequelise. It’s not a bad story, and the characters are enjoyable, but there’s that…