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Horror of Dracula 
Joy of Dracula (viewing)
3.5/4 stars

Not the most detailed version of the original novel, but certainly one of the most lavish. The classic Hammer production values are gorgeous and fit the tale well.

I'd forgotten a couple of things about Hammer. First, attention to detail with minor characters, many of whom are present to provide comic relief. Second, long scenes that set the mood, but nearly stop the story dead in it's tracks. (For example, Van Helsing performing a transfusion between Arthur and Mina Holmwood; yawn.) Third, use of close-ups that seem dated, yet are quite effective.

"Horror of Dracula" plays like a Cliffs Notes version of Bram Stoker, with a few tweaks here and there to consolidate it even further. But it hits all the high notes and offers an excited finale. Afterwards, I felt like I had been truly entertained; it was an envigorating experience.




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