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Scars of Dracula

"Scars of Dracula" cover
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Produced by Aida Young
Written by Bram Stoker (character)
Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
Starring Christopher Lee
Patrick Troughton
Dennis Waterman
Jenny Hanley
Michael Gwynn
Michael Ripper
Distributed by 20th Century Fox/Hammer Studios
Release date(s) November 8, 1970
Running time 96 min.
Country UK
Language English
Preceded by Taste the Blood of Dracula
Followed by Dracula AD 1972

Scars of Dracula is a 1970 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker for Hammer Studios.

It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, alongside Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick Troughton, and Michael Gwynn. Although disparaged by some critics, the film does restore a few elements of Bram Stoker's original character: The Count is introduced as an "icily charming host";[1] he has command over nature; and he is seen scaling the walls of his castle. It also gives Lee more to do and say than any other Hammer Dracula film except its first, 1958's Horror of Dracula.

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Plot summary

A prologue shows local villagers rising up and setting fire to Castle Dracula. But when they return home, they find bats have swarmed inside the church where their women were waiting. Every single woman and child in the village is dead...

After being caught with the burgomasters' daughter, libertine Paul Carlson flees by jumping into a nearby coach. This deposits him near Count Dracula's mountaintop castle and there he becomes Dracula's latest victim. His more sober brother Simon Carlson and his fiancee Sarah Framsen come searching for him and end up fighting the Prince of Darkness.

Cast

Release notes

Trivia

  • All of Jenny Hanley's dialogue was dubbed in post-production. No credit has been given to the actress whose voice is actually heard throughout the film.
  • Scars of Dracula is the first Dracula film to attempt to capture the scene in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel where the Count actually crawls out and climbs along a wall in a bat-like manner, the only difference being that in the Stoker novel, Dracula climbs down, while in Scars of Dracula he climbs up.
  • This is the second Hammer Dracula film to feature a servant to the count named "Klove" (the first was Dracula: Prince of Darkness, though the role was played by a different actor in each film.

Notes and references

  1. ^ David Pyrie, A Heritage of Horror (1973)

External links

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