Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

The central idea of this film is great. The original Dracula novel transplanted the count into what was then modern London. Why not do the same now? There’s no stricture that a story written in what is now seen as a period setting needs to always be set in a period setting, especially if part…

Scars of Dracula (1970)

Surprisingly heavy on the Christopher Lee for a Hammer Dracula movie, with him playing a much more active role in the narrative, having more dialogue, even having a few novelistic attributes restored (cold, creepy host, controlling animals, climbing castle walls). The most noticeable thing with this film is how it breaks continuity, though. The other…

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

There are a few good touches to this fifth entry in the Hammer Dracula series, like the pulsing zooms of the camera imitating a heartbeat when Dracula is resurrected, but it’s largely a pretty stale affair. The premise isn’t bad, a kind of scathing attack on the hypocrisy and frivolity of debauched men who posit…

Dracula has Risen from the Grave (1968)

The fourth film in the Hammer Dracula series, where things definitely have started to feel very settled. It has the most religious focus of any of the Hammer Draculas, mostly following priest characters, as well as one notable atheist who’s of course shunned by them. His disbelief becomes an issue in the effort to fight…

La Belle Sauvage (2017) by Philip Pullman

This is not a bad novel. There are well-realised characters, the themes are imbued into the setting, there’s a lovely sense of a lived-in world, there’s a crackling sense of magic, there’s a considered structure, there’s that wonderful tense interplay between childhood and adulthood that Pullman excels at exploring. But there’s a real question of…why…

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…