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DRACULA aka HORROR OF DRACULA: Fully Restored In High Definition With Missing Japanese Scenes! NOW Available on Blu-ray and DVD For The First Time in UK: March 18, 2013: Hammer Films: Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing


    
   TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF HORROR OF DRACULA (1958,UK) On Blu Ray... We Have Compiled a spectacular Selection of Original Horror Of Dracula Movie Photos, US and Foreign Posters, Press and Publicity Shots, Trade Ads, Programs and Other Promotional Material for your Enjoyment!

Released on 3-disc Double Play
AVAILABLE mARCH 18th, 2013

Hammer Films, Icon Film Distribution and Lionsgate are proud to present a major event in British film history.
Terence Fisher's 
1958 Classic
DRACULA
      Now Fully Restored In High Definition! 
Available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever!
 This release contains two versions of the feature film 
on Blu-ray... the 2007 BFI restoration plus 
the 2012 Hammer restoration!

 The Hammer Studios version has additional footage that has been previously unavailable for decades. Buy here

      The additional footage comprises two of the scenes that were originally censored by the BBFC in 1958 that have now been restored to the film from the Japanese reels:

                                  - Dracula’s Seduction Of Mina
                                  - Dracula’s Sunlight Disintegration

       These will be the most complete versions ever released and taken together fully deserving of the description DEFINITIVE.  DRACULA has been unavailable on any UK home entertainment format for many years. This release will be at the correct aspect ratio of 1.66:1 which has never been available for home viewing.
        Available March 18th, 2013 in the UK on 3-disc Double Play, the pack comprises 1 x Blu-ray and 2 x DVD, the release also includes brand new featurettes, a new commentary track, multiple bonus extras and a stills show (see below for full list of extras).
Rare Publicity shot featuring the gorgeous
Melissa Stribling promoting DRACULA (1958)
         
dracula is the first in the series of Hammer films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Carol Marsh, Melissa Stribling and Christopher Lee.
       
     Synopsis: Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing), investigating the death of his friend Jonathan Harker, concludes that Harker was the victim of a vampire. 
   When Harker's fiancée, Lucy, becomes affected by the terrifying force and hypnotic power of Count Dracula (Christopher Lee), Van Helsing releases her tortured soul by driving a stake through her heart. 
     But Dracula seeks revenge, targeting Lucy's beautiful sister-in-law, Mina. Van Helsing, now aided by Mina’s husband Arthur, swears to exorcise this evil forever by confronting the vile and depraved Count himself.





DRACULA [UK, 1958]
             Technical Information:                   
                         - Certificate: (TBC)
                 - Buy 3-disc Blu-ray & DVD here
                   - Region: B/2
                   - Barcode: 5060223769196
                   - Catalogue number: LGB95006
                   - Double Play: 1 x BD & 2 x DVD
                   - Languages: English

  EXTRAS

Four Brand-New Featurettes:
  1- "Dracula Reborn" - New 30 minute featurette about the film’s creation and history, featuring, among others: Jimmy Sangster, Kim Newman, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Rigby and Janina Faye (Tania in the film).
  2- "Resurrecting Dracula" - New 20 minute featurette about the film’s restoration, from the BFI’s 2007 restoration through to the integration of “lost” footage, featuring interviews with key staff at the BFI, Molinare and Deluxe142. Also covers the February 2012 world premiere of Hammer’s interim restored version including “vox pop” interviews with fans after the event.
 3- "The Demon Lover: Christopher Frayling on Dracula" - New 30 minute featurette.
 4- "Censoring Dracula" - New 10 minute featurette on the original cuts to the film ordered by the British Board of Film Censors.



Great scenes from:
 DRACULA (UK, RANK 1958)
aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
   Commentary:
  New commentary by acclaimed Hammer Films historian
Marcus Hearn and author and critic Jonathan Rigby
Plus these added bonuses:
  1- All 4 surviving "Japanese reels" (6 - 9) unrestored (40 minutes)
  2- The World Of Hammer episode: Dracula And The Undead
  3- Janina Faye reading a chapter of Stoker’s novel at the VAULT festival.
  4- Photo Gallery of over 100 fully-restored and rare images.
  5- Booklet by Hammer archivist Robert J. E. Simpson (PDF).
  6- Original shooting script (PDF).


   Special webcast with Dima Ballin, publisher of Diabolique Magazine and aspiring independent filmmaker. He reviews the Hammer Studio classic: Horror Of Dracula, starring Christoper Lee and Peter Cushing. 

[left] UK Theatrical Poster DRACULA (1958) in the US HORROR OF DRACULA.

   Dima also impresses the hell out of the co-hosts with his knowledge of Hammer films and European architectureListen here







Hammer House, Biography No.1
CHRISTOPHER LEE
THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED in 1976
THE HOUSE OF HAMMER VOL. 1, No 1
Reprinted with the kind permission of Dez Skinn.
Read entire article here

Christopher Lee's performance is still startling today even more so than it was back in 1958. One minute he's a charming aristocrat talking to Johnathan Harker, the next a wild-eyed animal - swift, strong, and single-mindedly hungry for blood. [left] Trade ad for DRACULA (1958) 
When Hammer Films reinvented Dracula in 1958, courtesy of  Terence Fisher's masterpiece Dracula (US title: Horror of Dracula), they added a few important ingredients to the mix that Universal Pictures had never really explored in the 1930's and 1940's: sex and blood. Bela Lugosi's Dracula had a certain continental charm, of course, but he was 49 years old when he first played the role onscreen. Christopher Lee was only in his mid-thirties when he first essayed the role, and he exuded enigmatic and commanding sex appeal in the part. 
     Bela Lugosi's vampire "brides" in 1931 were waif-like, pasty-faced, Gothic denizens of the night. Hammer Film Productions would have none of that! The women in all their Dracula films were full-bodied, red-blooded and simply beautiful… and sometimes they were even deadlier than their male counterparts! Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing give iconic portrayals in Hammer's first Dracula film back in 1958.    
     With no prosthetic make-up what-so-ever, Mr. Lee's version of Dracula is both memorable and scary because of the blood dripping from his lips, his bloodshot eyes, enigmatic sex appeal and his demonic and animalistic performance. When a crucifix comes out, he reacts like a cornered snake, and hisses in disgust. Here is indeed a villain from Hell, clever, dangerous and evil. There's no moral dilemma... Dracula must be destroyed!

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula
Although DRACULA is over 50 years old, Christopher Lee is still acting today. While he's definitely found a completely new fan base as "Saruman" in Lord of the Rings and "Count Dooku" in the Star Wars franchise, it's self evident that he landed both those roles because of the long lasting impression of his Dracula films.




HORROR OF DRACULA (US, 1958)
   aka DRACULA (UK, 1958)
Dracula is a 1958 British horror film. It is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisherand stars Peter CushingMichael GoughCarol MarshMelissa Stribling and Christopher Lee. In the United States, the film was re-titled Horror of Dracula to avoid confusion with the 1931 film Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. Production began at Bray Studios on the November 171957 with an investment of £81,000. Dracula was a critical and commercial success upon its release and was well received by critics and fans alike of Bram Stoker's works. Read detailed review here

    Important Special Effects Shot Originally Not Included 

The filming of Dracula's destruction included a shot in which Dracula appears to peel away his decaying skin. The deleted scene (left) is now included in the new and restored version. This was accomplished by putting a layer of red makeup on Christopher Lee's face, and then covering his entire face with a thin coating of mortician's wax, which was then made up to conform to his normal skin tone. When he raked his fingers across the wax, it revealed the "raw" marks underneath. Publicity photos of this startling shot exist, but it was cut out of the disintegration sequence in the film.
Recently discovered footage that was originally cut from the British version of DRACULA (1958) has been meticulously restored by Molinare to the BFI’s exceptional 2007 restoration, courtesy of The National Film Center at The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The visually stunning Japanese footage features an extended and particularly gruesome death scene for Dracula (Christopher Lee), as well as a moment considered too erotic by the censors at that time.

      Zodiac Wheel In Final Scene

At the end of the movie, Dracula is destroyed on an inlaid Zodiac wheel on the floor, which has several quotes in Latin and Greek. The Zodiac Wheel is behind Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) as he screams in agony after being hit from the rays of sunlight and the makeshift cross pointed directly at him by Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing). The inner circle in Greek, has a quote from Homer's Odyssey Book 18.136-7: "τοῖος γὰρ νόος ἐστὶν ἐπιχθονίων ἀνθρώπων οἷον ἐπ᾽ ἦμαρ ἄγησι πατὴρ ἀνδρῶν τε θεῶν τε" ("The mind of men who live on the earth is such as the day the father of gods and men [Zeus] brings upon them.") 
The outer wheel is written in Latin, and is a quote from Hesiod via Bartolomeo Anglico (De proprietatibus rerum, Book 8, Chapter 2): "Tellus vero primum siquidem genuit parem sibi coelum stellis ornatum, ut ipsam totam obtegat, utque esset beatis Diis sedes tuta semper." ("And Earth first bare starry Heaven, equal to herself, to cover her on every side, and to be an ever-sure abiding-place for the blessed gods.") Dracula's ring (above left) is shown resting on the water sign on the Zodiac wheel as the wind blows away the dust that remains after his body was disintegrated, which perhaps symbolizes his final rebirth. 

    Caption: Four high resolution film frames depicting the climactic death scene between Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (Christopher Lee).
    Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) screams in agony 
    as the sunlight hits his face and leg.
    The restored scene at the climax of the movie showing Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) peeling off his skin in the new Blu-ray version available March 18, 2013 in the UK.

       DRACULA (UK,1958)
                    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
      - Directed byTerence Fisher
      - Produced byAnthony Hinds
      - Written byJimmy Sangster, Bram Stoker (Novel)
      - Music byJames Bernard
      - CinematographyJack Asher
      - Editing byBill Lenny
      - Production StudioHammer Film Productions
      - Distributed byRank Organisation (UK)
           Universal Pictures (USA Theatrical)
           Warner Bros. (Home Video)
           Lionsgate UK [Blu-ray]
           Icon Film Distributors

    Technical Information:
              - Type: Color
              - Year: 1958
              - Language: English
              - Length: 82 minutes
              - Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
              - Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
              - Resolution: 1080p
              - Audio: TBA
              - Subtitles: English SDH
              - Rating: Rated BBFC: 12
              - Disks: 3 (BLU RAY + 2 X DVD)
              - Region: B
              - Label: Lionsgate Films
               

    CAST:
      Peter Cushing as Professor Van Helsing 
      Christopher Lee as Count Dracula
        Michael Gough as Arthur
      Melissa Stribling as Mina
        Carol Marsh as Lucy
      Olga Dickie as Gerda
        John Van Eyssen as Jonathan Harker
      Valerie Gaunt as Vampire Woman
        Janina Faye as Tania
      Barbara Archer as Inga
        Charles Lloyd Pack as Doctor Seward
      George Merritt as Policeman
        George Woodbridge as Landlord
      George Benson as Official
        Miles Malleson as Undertaker
      Geoffrey Bayldon as Porter






    EXTRA BONUS!
    HorrorUnlimited.com
    presents
    A Spectacular Variety of Rare Theatrical Posters, Press/Publicity Photos and Other Promotional
     Items Released by Different Countries 
    for
    HORROR OF DRACULA
    Original Theatrical Movie Title
    “Dracula’s power lies in its bubbling sexual frission. Lee’s towering performance turns the Count into a seductive monster who sinks his fangs into the porcelain necks of his pretty co-stars as their bosoms pant with excited abandon… Meanwhile, Jack Asher’s lush cinematography transcends the production’s plywood sets. His colour film stock hammers home the horror: bright red blood dripping from Dracula’s white fangs; eyes flashing crimson with bloodshot menace. Now gorgeously restored to its former glory, this is a British horror movie to die for.” Jamie Russell, BBC Movies
    Fantastic British (UK)  Publicity Photo featuring
     Christopher Lee as Count Dracula.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Caption: With no prosthetic make-up, Dracula (Christopher Lee) is scary from the first second we see him attack Lucy in his library because of the blood dripping from his lips, viscous and animalistic facial expressions, bloodshot eyes, enigmatic sex appeal and his sensational demonic performance!
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    [Key/Production Number 6820-3AD]
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Caption: 8x10 [US] Theatrical Publicity photo hand-signed by Christopher Lee (Count Dracula). Here, he is standing by the exterior set in front of his castle looking straight ahead. Above him is the stone column with the iconic large eagle that has its wings spread open.
    Film Industry Trade Ad With Quotes
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)

    FLASH! BEST BUSINESS
    First opening at WARNERS, Milwaukee, biggest 
    of any Universal picture in four years.
    Chillingly realistic in TECHNICOLOR
    Film Industry Trade Ad
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    PICTUREGOER [June 21, 1958]
    "PICTUREGOER" PARADE
    NO GIGGLES FROM THESE GOULS
    Review editor Margaret Hinxman and her team 
    of critics look at the new films. LONG SHOT... Can sex sell horror movies? Hammer Films goes all out to prove it can in "Dracula." It's out to make a big killing at the box office, here and in America. And there's nothing anemic in this blood-money bally-hoo. The publicity slogan is "Who Will Be His Bride Tonight?" The sex? Three vampish vampires. Here are two of them: (above) Melissa Stribling (with Christopher Lee) and (right) Valerie Gaunt (with John Van Eyssen). Both suitably clad to make you get the message.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Caption: The conceptual poster art depicts Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) in a defiant pose as he holds the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) who has fainted... about to walk out his library/study room in his baronial castle. 
    Original Poster Art
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Film Industry Trade Ad
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)

    The original Japanese "Handbill" for HORROR OF DRACULA (UK, 1958). They were distributed to movie 
    goers as a way to promote the movie and let them know it would be coming to specific theaters in advance.
    LONDON'S GAUMONT HAYMARKET

     PREMIERE EVENING SCREENING 
     DRACULA (UK,1958)
    "Every night he rises from his coffin-bed silently to seek the soft flesh, the warm blood he needs to keep himself alive!"
    Starring: Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee
    LONDON'S GAUMONT HAYMARKET
    PREMIERE DAY SCREENING 
     DRACULA (UK,1958)
    Peter Cushing and Director Terence Fisher
    LONDON'S GAUMONT HAYMARKET
    PREMIERE SCREENING 
     DRACULA (UK,1958)
    [Key Number: 6820-P4]
    Excellent UK publicity/press photo featuring
     Janina Faye as Tania.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)

    [left] Composer James Bernard's original music score to DRACULA (1958). [right] Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helshing gives Tania (Janina Faye) his coat as she hold that big cross. He is about to drive a wooden stake through Aunt Lucy's (Carol Marsh) heart!
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Caption: Mina Holmwood (Melissa Stribling) comforts Janina Faye (Tania) by telling her that aunt Lucy is going to get better.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Caption: Professor Van Helsing [Peter Cushing] follows Lucy [Carol Marsh] to her final resting place and promptly drives a wooden stake through her heart with a large hammer!
    Note: Lucy's horrific staking by Professor Van Helsing [Peter Cushing] is one of the great fright/scare sequences of DRACULA, especially during that time! In a series of quick cuts punctuated by the sounds of metal hitting wood and agonized screams, Lucy is finally put to "rest." Vampire movies from that point on would never be the same again! No longer would these creatures of the night be staked off-screen with a faint groan on the soundtrack, as Bela Lugosi was killed in the 1931 Universal Pictures version. With one fell swoop, Hammer Film Productions literally re-invented the style of the modern vampire film!
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Rare UK Press Photo
    Actress Melissa Stribling takes a break on the
     set of DRACULA to make a phone call.
     DRACULA (UK,1958)
    [Key Number D-P17A]
    Gorgeous UK theatrical publicity photo featuring 
    Melissa Stribling as Mina Holmwood.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Caption: Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is in the parlor speaking with Arthur (Michael Gough) and Mina Holmwood (Melissa Stribling). It seems Lucy Holmwood (Carol Marsh) is acting a little peculiar and Van Helsing is trying to find out exactly what is going on.
    Caption: Melissa Stribling (Mina Holmwood) wearing her sheer white nightgown, awoke and got out of bed. She's hypnotized and under Count Dracula's spell. Here, he is using his will by summoning her to approach him.
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    THEATRICAL TEASER POSTER
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    "WHO WILL BE HIS BRIDE TONIGHT?"
    EASTMAN COLOUR
    WHAT'S ON IN LONDON MAGAZINE 
    THE LONDON WEEK MAY 23, 1958
    NEWS REVIEWS AND FULL DETAILS OF ALL LONDON'S ENTERTAINMENT
    UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL presents:
    A HAMMER FILM PRODUCTION
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    THE TERRIFYING LOVER... WHO DIED...YET LIVED
    Black & White [85 Line Dot Matrix] 
    US Theatrical Press Book Art
    (used for newspaper and print media advertising)
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Black & White [85 Line Dot Matrix] 
    US Theatrical Press Book Art
    (used for newspaper and print media advertising)
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd
    UK PRESS BOOK COVER
    Publicity Services
    Issued by: Rank Film Distributors Ltd.
    127 Wardour Street,  London W 1
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd

    ABOUT MOVIE  PRESSBOOKS: They are booklets (8 x10 and larger), consisting of 4 or more pages, (aka Campaign Books) sent out by the film distributors to cinemas. They contained ads, promotion & marketing ideas, photos for the movie, articles, poster images, etc. Cinema managers would then cut the different articles, photos and/or ads out of them for publicity purposes, so getting a complete and uncut press book is the most desirable to the collector. They are also a great way to see what other items were released for that specific movie.
        Many press books especially from the 1960s and even earlier are now very scarce as they were usually disposed of when the film had been shown. The UK DRACULA press book comprises 6 fold-out pages with a great cover image of Christopher Lee, articles of how to exploit the movie, a Dracula Quiz, book tie-up, posters, press ads and a variety of photos from the movie.
    ADVERTISING - PUBLICITY - EXPLOITATION
    FRONT and BACK COVER OF US
         THEATRICAL PRESS BOOK
     DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd
    US Theatrical One-Sheet Poster [BLUE VERSION]
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    US Theatrical "INSERT" POSTER
    [GREEN VERSION]
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    (UK) British QUAD THEATRICAL POSTER
    [Alternate Day-Glow Version]
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    DON'T DARE SEE IT ALONE!
    Caption: Visually stunning UK [British] publicity shot featuring Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing) as he enters Count Dracula's (Christopher Lee) baronial castle. The atmospheric set design and props look fantastic!
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Caption: John Van Eyssen (Jonathan Harker) opens a door leading to the dark dungeon in Count Dracula's (Christopher Lee) baronial castle, where he will soon encounter the young and beautiful vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) sleeping in her stone coffin.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    8x10 US Theatrical Publicity Photo
    Caption: After Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) pushes the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) to the ground (bottom left), he lunges after Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) as he starts screaming.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    French Theatrical Poster
    "LE CAUCHEMAR de DRACULA"
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    French Theatrical Poster
    [Alternate Version]
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    ITALIAN MOVIE POSTER [Style A]
    "DRACULA IL VAMPIRO"
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    UK 8x10 Publicity Photo [Key Number D/96]
    Caption: Policeman George Merritt is upset as Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Arthur Holmwood (Michael Gough) crash through the gate post in their horse drawn carriage with out stopping. They need to stop Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) who has taken Mina Holmwood (Melissa Stribling) with him before the sun goes down.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE

    ITALIAN PHOTOBUSTA MINI POSTER
    "DRACULA IL VAMPIRO"
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Caption: Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing) gives Michael Gough (Arthur Holmwood) a gold cross to give his wife Mina (Melissa Stribling) to wear around her neck while she's sleeping at night.
    DRACULA (UK,1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    [8 x 10 US Theatrical Colorized Mini Lobby Card]
    Note: This is one of a set of eight mini lobby cards that were hand colorized to produce a unique effect when displayed.
    DRACULA (UK,1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE

    DIABOLIQUE 
     The Premiere Horror Genre Magazine
    ENTER Website here

    UK 8x10 Theatrical "Front Of House" Photo
    Key Number D/74
    Caption: Professor Van Helsing has learned from housemaid Olga Dickie [Gerda] that Count Dracula has visited Mina Holmwood [Melissa Stribling], drank her blood, and put her under his spell. The question that baffles Van Helsing and Mina's alarmed husband, Mr. Arthur Holmwood [Michael Gough] is how did Dracula get into the house which both Van Helsing and and Arthur spent the entire night carefully guarding?

    Caption: Michael Gough (Arthur Holmwood) looks very disturbed as he leans over to check on his wife Mina (Melissa Stribling), who has fainted. There is blood trickling down from Mina's neck all over her left shoulder, nightgown and bed sheets. Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing) looks on behind him.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Caption: Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) gives Mina Holmwood (Melissa Stribling) a transfusion using her husband's blood. Mina needs to replenish the tainted blood Count Dracula mixed in with her own blood, otherwise she will eventually turn into a vampire herself.

    Caption: The Undertaker (Miles Malleson) speaks with Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) while Arthur Holmwood (Michael Gough) listens.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)

    Italian Theatrical Photobusta
    "DRACULA IL VAMPIRO"
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Italian Theatrical Poster
    [Rare Version]
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE

    German Re-Issue 1967 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 12]
    Caption: Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) comes out of no where and attacks the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt), who is already one of his disciples... in the study room of his castle after she just bit Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) on his neck.
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Caption: After Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) pushes the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) to the side, Dracula then goes into a demonic rage and attacks Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) by first grabbing his throat.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE 

    German Re-Issue 1967 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 12]
    Caption: Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) points the makeshift cross he made from holding 2 candlesticks at Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). He is also screaming in agony from the rays of sunlight hitting his leg and face during the climactic finish of the movie.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE

    German Re-Issue 1967 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 12]
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    German Re-Issue 1967 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 12]
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    German Re-Issue 1967 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 12]
    Caption: The ominous figure of  Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) stands in the patio doorway entrance leading to Lucy's (Carol Marsh) bedroom. 
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Caption: Carol Marsh remains the best Lucy in any version of DRACULA to this very day! Additionally, there was definitely more to her performance than projecting the dark blood-lust of the vampire; before Dracula sank his fangs into he, Lucy Holmwood has a delicate, childlike/fairy quality that no other actress who ever played the role truly possessed. It made her ideal for the role of the doomed Lucy. The scene in which she is 'seduced' by Dracula as she lies awake in her virginal bed... is a true masterpiece of sexual innuendos. There is the hint of an enigmatic smile on her face as she awaits Dracula like a young bride on her wedding night!
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    German Re-Issue 1967 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 12]
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    German Re-Issue 1967 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 12]
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE    
    Caption: An angle shot of what Jonathan Harker first sees when he enters his chambers. Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) is resting in his coffin.This is a screen capture from the "restored version." On the right side on the floor are 2 skulls which I am certain were always there, but none of us ever really noticed them before.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    [UK Theatrical Publicity Photo] 
    Valerie Gaunt talking to John Van Eyssen
     in Count Dracula's library study.
    Caption: In Jimmy Sangster's streamlined version of Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula has only one vampire bride living in his castle, but she's awesome! Valerie Gaunt is a voluptuous, raven-haired mystery woman, who pleads with Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) to help her escape from her evil master... but she really only wants to sink her sharp fangs into Mr. Harker's neck. Valerie reveals her fangs even before Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) does in the incredible and iconic "library scene!" This is by far, one of the prolific sequences in British horror films... Dracula's voluptuous vampire bride has ruby red lips that suggest not only a lust for blood, but also a hunger for the pleasures of the flesh.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    German Re-Issue 1970 Colorized Lobby Card
    [One of a Set of 8]
    Caption: The beautiful vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) is about to put the bite on John Van Eyssen's (Jonathan Harker) neck!
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Caption: In these 3 scenes, the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) acts frightened and tells John Van Eyssen's (Jonathan Harker) that she is a prisoner and wants to escape. However, it's all an act since all she really wants is to get close to Harker so she can sink her sharp fangs into his neck to drink some human blood!

    Caption: Just as the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) was about to sink her fangs into Harker's neck, Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) comes out of no where and pushes her out of the way! She falls to the ground with a wild look on her face!
    [Key/Production Number D/P37]
    Caption: Great UK publicity shot featuring the busty vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) in her revealing white nightgown... exposing her sharp fangs as she grabs that silk bed sheet!
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd.
    [Key/Production Number D/P36]
    Caption: Rare publicity photo featuring the busty vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) in her white nightgown holding a cigarette.
    [Key/Production Number 6820-6AD]
    Caption: Great US 8x10 publicity shot featuring the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) in her white nightgown... exposing her sharp fangs as she lies on the bed covered in silk sheets. Valerie is also looking at the decomposed remains of Johathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) who was staked through the heart by Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing).
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd.
    Caption: Carol Marsh (Lucy Holmwood) is taking a break before filming her staking through the heart scene with Peter Cushing to enjoy some tea and crumpets!
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd.
    [Key/Production Number 6820-32]
    Caption: John Van Eyssen (Jonathan Harker) looks at the young and beautiful vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt) in her stone coffin as she slowly decomposes and turns into an old woman. Harker just drove that wooden stake with the hammer he is still holding in his right hand in her heart!
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd.
    Caption: Just like in Bram Stoker's novel DRACULA, Director Terence Fisher's version in 1958 makes the scenes with the vampire Lucy Holmwood (Carol Marsh) the centerpiece of the story. In this UK publicity photo, the young Lucy, once so childlike herself, now seeks out little Tania (Janina Faye) to feast upon her blood. The scenes shot at night showing the enshrouded Lucy swooping through the graveyard in her white nightgown, while the autumn leaves float in the wind are some of the most haunting and atmospheric Hammer Studios ever filmed!
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd.
    Caption: Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) about to throw a heavy brass candlestick at Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing). Dracula was about to escape through a trap door in the floor one one of the rooms in his castle. Van Helsing, who was in hot pursuit, saw him seconds before he was able to disappear.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS, Ltd.
    Rare Original DRACULA (UK, 1958) 
    Spanish Herald Mini Poster
    An original Spanish herald, designed and printed in 1959 to promote the theatrical release of  DRACULA in Spain. This small piece of paper with the visually stunning images and great artwork is a flyer that was originally handed out to the general public. It announced and promoted the film's release. Some heralds were even printed on the back with the publicity of the specific cinema/theater for the following week!
    GERMAN MOVIE POSTER 
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    4 PAGE GERMAN PROGRAM BOOK 
    GERMAN THEATRICAL PROGRAM BOOK 
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    RARE UK "QUAD" Theatrical Poster 
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    ITALIAN MOVIE POSTER [Style B]
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    US Title (11 x 14) Theatrical Lobby Card
     HORROR OF DRACULA  (US, 1958)
    HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)
    Rare UK 8x10 atmospheric theatrical movie photo featuring Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) rising from his coffin.You can clearly see the "key"number on the bottom left hand side D/87A.
    [Key number 6820-27] 
    US 8x10 Theatrical Publicity photo 
    The menacing Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) resting in his coffin with blood trickling down the left side of his mouth.
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) Is Awoken In His Coffin As Blood Trickles Down his Chin. 
    Caption: Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) rests in his coffin with blood trickling down the left side of his mouth. When Jonathan Harker makes the mistake of staking the vampire girl (Valerie Gaunt)  before destroying Dracula, which was a fatal error in judgment! In the scene above, Dracula is awakened by the sound of the hammer hitting the stake and Valerie's subsequent scream! She immediately turns into an old woman, played by an elderly actress upon whom no special make-up was required.
     These two sequences established the Hammer vampire film in a nutshell: Bram Stoker's novel had finally been adapted by astute filmmakers who clearly understood the novel's undertones was about sex, death and the 'attraction' of both. Valerie Gaunt also summed up Fisher's auteur theory of 'the attraction of evil' in transforming female vampires from the cadaverous, slow moving phantoms of the Bela Lugosi version into seductive, ravenous and sexy women of the night. 
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    US 8x10 Theatrical Publicity photo 
    Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) stands over Mina (Melissa Stribling) in her white nightgown as blood trickles down her neck.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    [Key Number DP/18]
    Very rare publicity shot featuring 
    Melissa Stribling as Mina Holmwood.
    Caption: Mina is perhaps the least interesting character in the film; but then, she was in Bram Stoker's book as well, a sort of proper Victorian lady who only loosened her corset when Count Dracula 'forced' her to. This is also true in the Hammer Studios version to a certain extent; if Lucy is 'seduced' by Dracula, then Mina is 'raped.' In a quoted interview, Director Terence Fisher said of Melissa Stribling's Mina character: "The Holmwood marriage was one in which she was not sexually satisfied and that was her weakness as far as Dracula's approach to her was concerned. When she arrived back after having been away all night she said it all in one close-up at the door. She'd been done the whole night through, please! I remember Melissa saying, "Terry, how should I play this scene?" So I told her, "Listen, you should imagine you had one whale of a sexual night, the one of your whole experience." And, of course... she sure did."
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Key Number D/P27
    UK 8x10 "Front Of House"Publicity photo 
    Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) stands over Mina (Melissa Stribling) in her white nightgown as blood trickles down her neck. In this version, she is resting her head on his right arm.
    DRACULA (1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Horror of Dracula (US) aka DRACULA (UK) 
    (Rank, 1958) British hand coloured "Front of House" Mini  8x10 Lobby Card. This is a country of origin with the UK original title. (This is #1 in a set of 8). Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Olga Dickie, John Van Eyssen, Barbara Archer, Janina Faye, Valerie Gaunt. Directed by Terence Fisher. 
     MORE DETAILS:  Originally these mini lobby cards were in cases outside the cinemas and were designed to entice people into the theatre. As with all movie memorabilia, the older the piece the rarer it is. For the UK, because  such pieces were never rated, many FOH stills were destroyed or thrown away, so 1960's movies and obviously earlier ones are much more difficult to get now. The better the title the more desirable the piece for a collector and so the greater the cost. 
          In the USA, original Lobby Cards individually can go for thousands of dollars each depending on the specific title. A full set of 8 Frankenstein (Universal Pictures, 1932) starring Boris Karloff sold for $750,000. Condition is of course another factor, as is the image on the card. A card from Hammer's Dracula (1958) would be expensive anyway, but if the image shows Christopher Lee as Dracula, it would be even more desirable than a general scene card and consequently more expensive. Fewer UK FOH cards exist on horror titles than US Lobby Cards owing to the UK's propensity to destroy earlier material and smaller print runs.
    Horror of Dracula (US) aka DRACULA (UK) 
    (Rank, 1958) British Hand Coloured "Front of House" Mini  8x10 Lobby Card. This is a country of origin with the UK original title. (This is #2 in a set of 8). Caption: Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) speaks with Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) when he first arrives to his baronial castle. Dracula is looking at a book and going over his personal records with Harker.
    The complete set of 8 UK hand tinted
     "Front Of House" FOH Mini Lobby Cards for:
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Rare UK 8x10 publicity photo featuring John Van Eyssen as Jonathan Harker. In this scene, he is holding his black leather bag and about to enter Count Dracula's (Christopher Lee) baronial castle for the first time.
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HORROR OF DRACULA (US, 1958)
    American 11x14 Lobby card (#7 from the set of 8)
    This is the climactic death scene between Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing) and Christopher Lee (Dracula).
    FRENCH THEATRICAL POSTER 
    This version is extremely rare!
    "LE CAUCHEMAR DE DRACULA"
    HORROR OF DRACULA (US, 1958)
    UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL
    HORROR OF DRACULA  (US, 1958)
    Rare shot of Christopher Lee (Dracula) about to sink his
     fangs into the neck of Melissa Stribling (Mina Holmwood).
    This scene is now included in the "restored" version!
    HORROR OF DRACULA  (US, 1958)
    In this scene, Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) listens to his Dictaphone as he goes over his notes on how to kill a vampire.
    Rare 8x10 UK Theatrical Publicity photo 
    Caption: Here, Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing) warns Melissa Stribling (Mina Holmwood) not to leave Lucy's window open again under any circumstances!
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    HORROR OF DRACULA  (US, 1958)
    Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing) chases 
    after Christopher Lee (Count Dracula) through the
     stairway in his castle during the climactic ending.
    Arriving At New York City Airport (1958)
    (l to r) Christopher Lee (Count Dracula), Peter Cushing (Professor Van Helsing), James Carreras (Hammer Studios Executive) and Anthony Hinds (Producer).

    This rare press photo captures the memorable 1958 trip to 
    New York. The purpose was to hear first hand from Universal Executives how "HORROR OF DRACULA had single 
    handedly saved their movie studio from total bankruptcy!"
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    2 actors dressed as "Dracula and his Vampire bride" are briefed by Universal International General Sales Manager and RKO Theatres Chief before greeting fans and guests. (left) Christopher Lee attends opening night events for HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)

    PETER CUSHING AND CHRISTOPHER LEE
     DRACULA 
    PREMIER IN NEW YORK
    May 25th, 1958 
    MAYFAIR THEATRE
    47th Street & 7th Ave, NYC
    Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee signing autographs at the premier of Hammer Films DRACULA (UK,1958) aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US) in New York City on May 25th, 1958, the day before Peter's birthday on the 26th. Hammer CEO James Carreras and producer Tony Hinds, also accompanied them on the visit. 
    "Scare Meter" in MAYFAIR Theatre For
     New York HORROR OF DRACULA Premiere
           Horror Of Dracula officially began its siege of US markets at an earlier Milwaukee theatre on May 7, 1958, without Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee greeting on a first day. The Mayfair in New York planned all-night "Horrorthons" for its first three dusk-to-dawns with fans arriving in costume were let in free for initial showing. There were "Courage Cocktails" served that were made up of "bloody red"tomato juice and a nurse in attendance to administer blood pressure tests. New York's WOR radio station broadcast Horror Of Dracula's entire soundtrack on opening night, a unique tie-up, said Variety, to go with a premiere.     Air host Long John Nebel afterward held a panel discussion with Peter Cushing and James Carreras on his late night show "Long John Show!  Observed Variety: "The horror swing in broadcasting was sparked by Screen Gems with its release of "Shock" and the "Son Of Shock" package of horror vintage pics." Oldies on TV, country-wide and creepy host-enhanced, were indeed a hearth-side engine propelling horror movies that 1958 summer, Horror Of Dracula being but just one of many now classic horror films competing at the movie theaters!

    The Official Newspaper Advertisement
    It appeared on May 24th, 1958... one day 
    before the actual premier on May 25th.
    An Announcement of Special Importance For Discriminating Theatre-Goers
        In all the years of dramatic horror presentation, perhaps you are among, the few who have never experienced real shock and trembling excitement. Now, for those of you who have been capable of complete emotional detachment- for those of you who have repeatedly said, "Horror films are all alike!"-- here at last is the one that is different!
        An advance report from Cue Magazine states, "It's a hair-raising business full of delicious anticipation and fantastic realism. Quite possible the most fearful of all the Dracula tales... all beautifully crimsoned in Technicolor!"
    HORROR OF DRACULA
    A UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    Horrorama Premier Tonight at Midnight
    Regular Continuous Performances Start Tomorrow 9:30 A.M.
    MAYFAIR 47th St. and 7th Ave.
    Newspaper Advertisement 
    May 25th, 1958
    Meet the stars Peter Cushing and Christopher (Count Dracula) Lee in person and get their autograph TODAY at 11:30 A.M. and 7:45 P.M.
    MAYFAIR 47th St. and 7th Ave.
    SPECIAL LATE HORRORAMA SHOW NIGHTLY
    Regular Continuous Performances Start TODAY at 9:30 A.M.
         Universal knew HORROR OF DRACULA towered above the other horror films being released at that time. Word was quickly spreading of Horror Of Dracula's superiority. Dracula's review ads, both for the Mayfair engagement and trade magazines in general, were surely firsts for a monster movie, ordinarily the last genre to want critical reaction aired in public. "The Insiders" were calling Horror Of Dracula best in its class, for whatever that was worth, some said. Who actually distinguished one spook show from another among teens and kids known for lack of discrimination? Still, it was enough for Universal that Horror Of Dracula ranked among "Top Ten" gross at the Box Office in Variety's Nationwide Box-office Survey for June 1956, a month otherwise spotty for the usual post-holiday letdown and the all the people that headed for the outdoors as weather continued to be spring-like.

       Outdoor meant drive-ins, of course, and here's where Horror Of Dracula really took off, its resonant color ideal for enlarged projection under moonlight. The Drive-In crowd preferred deep reds on screen to go with ketchup over dogs and fries got from concession menus way broader than what hard-tops offered. Universal read those signals and acted accordingly! "They love it IN THE DRIVE-INS" headlined a July 21, 1958 trade ad to push Horror Of Dracula even further toward continued summer profits.
        Maybe they weren't banking millions like June 1958's Number One South Pacific, but movie studios that made horror movies, their numbers growing daily, knew it took little investment to make huge profits. William Castle proved this theory with Macabre of how you could score many times money spent with simple gimmicks simple like those found on the fairgrounds. Trouble was these stunts were beginning to get played out, carbon-copied according to Variety. Universal placed representative at Horror Of Dracula venues to execute last wills and testament against patrons being scared to death by the film.     
         Competition heated to a point where promoters actually claimed proprietary interest in specific gimmicks they purported to have invented. Even William Castle threatened United Artists with legal action over their statement that "twelve insurance companies refused to assume liability risks for patrons seeing The Return Of Dracula," his attorney putting UA on notice to desist and refrain from capitalizing on Macabre's selling device. However, nothing would stop them from offering "free burial" to those so traumatized by I Bury The Living. Here then, was the circus against which Horror Of Dracula performed. 

    TERRIFYING IN TECHNICOLOR!
    NOTE: ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE INTERRUPTED AT A MOMENT OF SUPREME SHOCK SO THAT PATRONS MAY PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE GREATER NERVE-SHATTERING SCENES THAT FOLLOW!!!
    HORROR OF DRACULA
    ALL NEW! Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Melissa Stribling, Michael Gough
    2nd BIG HIT!
    The Grave Can't HOLD it...
    NOTHING HUMAN CAN STOP IT!
    THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE
    With: William Reynolds, Carolyn Kearney, 
    Andra Martin, Jeffrey Stone
    THE CHILL OF THE TOMB WON'T LEAVE YOUR BLOOD FOR HOURS!
    HORROR OF DRACULA (US,1958)
     featured as a 
    "DOUBLE BILL" 
    with
    THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE
    NOW! 2 Brand NEW Shocker Hits
    HORROR OF DRACULA
    Plus
    THE MOST TERRIYFING MONSTER EVER!
    "THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE"
    ALL NEW! TECHNICOLOR
    R.K.O: HILLSTREET
    HOLLYWOOD: NEW FOX THEATRE
    HOLLYWOOD: FOX
    COMPTON: TOWER
    SOUTH GATE: SOUTH GATE
    VAN NUYSSEPULVEDA
    Movie Advertisement From:
     THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
    Wednesday, May 7, 1958
    Even though May 25th, 1958 has always officially
     been billed as the "Premier" for DRACULA 
    in New York, there is evidence from the newspaper
     ad shown above in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL local newspaper [page 13] that the film had a unofficial 
    "World Premiere" as a "Double Bill" on: 
    Wednesday, May 7th, 1958
     Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    (UK) British QUAD Theatrical Poster
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    Complete set of 8 American (US) 
    11x14 Theatrical Lobby Cards
    HORROR OF DRACULA (US, 1958) 
    Hammer Film Productions (UK, Britain)
    Very Rare Style Variation
     US Theatrical Re-Release Poster   
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    US  POSTER FOR "DRIVE-IN THEATRES" 
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)

    JAPANESE THEATRICAL POSTER
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
      JAPANESE THEATRICAL
    "INSERT" POSTER
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)
    JAPANESE THEATRICAL POSTER
    [Very Rare Version]
    DRACULA (UK, 1958)  
    aka HORROR OF DRACULA (US)

    THE GREATEST FRIGHT-FILM STARS OF ALL TIME!
    MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES
     Number 7, 1975 
    SPECIAL! THE FIRST TIME EVER!
    THE COMPLETE STORY BEHIND HORROR OF DRACULA
    Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing  
    150 ALL NEW NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED PHOTOS!
            The focus of this issue of Monsters of the Movies is the above article, accompanied by a great assortment of photos which, by themselves, tell the story. Lyndon W. Joslin, in his book Count Dracula Goes to the Movies. Stoker's Novel Adapted, 1922-1995, notes, "It could be argued that Christopher Lee, in this and other appearances as Dracula, is so far the last actor to play the Count as a totally unsympathetic villain, a monster so long dead that hardly a trace of humanity remains."


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    Restored Horror of Dracula to hit UK March 13, 2013

    horror of dracula disintegration publicity still 300x250 Restored Horror of Dracula to hit UK next March
    Dracula (Christopher Lee) disintegrates in
    sunlight. (This is a publicity photo, not
    the actual  restored footage,
    which is said to look quite different.)
        The Hammer Films Facebook page made an announcement this morning that should excite fans of of the studios’ classic Gothic horror films: the restored version of HORROR OF DRACULA (known simply as DRACULA in its native England) has been scheduled for U.K. release on March 13th, 2013. The restoration includes snippets of footage that were removed by censors when the film was originally released, way back in 1958 – in particular, a shot from the climactic disintegration scene, long known to fans only through a publicity still.
       The full story behind the restoration is much longer than the actual footage, which lasts only a few seconds. When HORROR OF DRACULA came out, film censorship was prevalent around the globe, particularly in England, where films had to submitted before being approved for release. Hammer Films was pushing the envelope with their new color horror films, first CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN in 1957, then HORROR OF DRACULA a year later. The company typically submitted scripts for prior approval but then would test the limits, shooting unapproved shots in the hope that the censorship board could be persuaded to change its mind.
        This occasionally resulted in footage being shot that was scrapped for U.K. release, although it might sometimes survive in prints intended for export. This is what happened in the case of HORROR OF DRACULA: a complete print was sent to Japan, containing footage never seen in English-speaking countries (or most of the rest of the world). However, publicity stills of the missing footage were available, making appearances in fan magazines such as Famous Monsters of Filmland.

    Horror of Dracula 1958 Jonathan Harker decomposed in coffin 300x239 Restored Horror of Dracula to hit UK next March
    However, these stills did not necessarily prove the existence of a complete version of the film, nor even that the footage in question had actually been shot; there was always the chance that these were posed publicity stills or images of scenes that had been tested or shot and deleted by the filmmakers without interference from the censor. This seems to be the case regarding another “missing scene” from HORROR OF DRACULA, the decomposed body of Jonathan Harker after being staked by Van Helsing (Peter Cushing). The problem here is that Harker, in the film’s storyline, Harker has only very recently become a vampire, so that advanced state of decay seems inappropriate. The shot never made it into the final cut.
             Whether any additional footage did indeed make it into a surviving print of HORROR OF DRACULA was long a subject of debate among fans and scholars. The issue was not much helped by Hammer Films themselves, which drummed up publicity by suggesting that they frequently shot multiple versions of their horror films: a take one for the U.K., a slightly stronger one for Europe and possibly the U.S., and a really bloody one for Asian territories. In reality, alternate footage was shot in only a few cases for so-called “Continental” versions; most often, alternate version were the de facto result of the different censorship standards in territories around the world.
          Was Dracula’s disintegration another piece of ephemera – simply a publicity still or an abandoned makeup test? Film editor and former Cinefantastique writer Ted Newsome pursued the missing footage like Van Helsing tracking down the Count’s hidden coffins, finding compelling evidence that the footage did exist, even while being ultimately unable to lay his hands on it:
    “I’ve never seen the destruction scene in the climax, but it did clearly exist. Over on Latarnia, on the Hammer thread, I posted a frame blow-up of the scene, showing the same make-up from the standard 8×10 still, but from a camera angle which matches the rest of the shots [in the film]. It was published in some Japanese magazine in the ’90s, reprinted in a Hammer book in 1995 or 96. Seeing the proof of the existence of the scene in the Asian version sent me off on a 2 year back and forth thing with the Tokyo Archive. On the verge of getting the material telecine’d for posterity, they hired a new archivist, who went back to the party line and said ‘We don;t have it.’ It was bullshit, but I’d had enough.”
          Fortunately, the story did not end there. Simon Rowson, a Hammer horror fan, discovered the footage early in 2011, as he described in this thread on the Christopher Lee Official Website:
    "My wife and I live permanently in Japan and, following a year long process of painstaking negotiation, we were actually able to view the final two reels of the sole remaining Japanese copy of DRACULA at the Japanese National Film Center on March the 9th – only two days before the earthquake that destroyed most of the North East coast of Japan.
    In a nutshell, the long debated extra footage DOES exist – including the extended disintegration scene at the film’s climax – and I am liasing with Hammer about how to proceed at the moment."
            Posting under the pseudonym Richard LeStrange, Rowson gave a fuller account of the discover process on a thread in the Classic Horror Film Board, in which he noted that any attempt to use the Japanese print as a basis for a restoration project would have to take a back seat in the wake of the devastating earthquake the rocked Japan shortly after his discovery. He also provided more details regarding what he had seen while watching the final two reels of the Japanese print:
    "Not only is the much-debated complete facial disintegration – where Dracula claws at his face with his left hand, pulling away lumps of facial skin – present (complete with extra groaning from him and extra grimacing by Van Helsing) but Dracula’s attack on Mina – while Van Helsing and Holmwood stand guard outside – is also longer and more explicit than any other extant version. When Dracula enters the bedroom we see an additional close-up of Mina where she appears to be mouthing something to Dracula (I couldn’t hear exactly what on the small monitor) and, after he virtually kisses her full on the lips, the scene ends on a completely new, open-mouthed/ bared fang shot as he closes in on the left side of Mina’s neck before cutting to the screeching owl."
           From there, Rowson goes on to speculate that even more missing footage may be available in some of the other surviving reels,* including a scene of Arthur Holmwood (Michael Gough) throwing up while seeing his sister staked by Van Helsing. However, this scene appears not to have survived (we have only the actor’s account to suggest that it ever existed).
          Since Hammer Films was still the official copyright holder, Rowson got the company interested in his discovery, which was acknowledged on the official website back in September, in an article penned by Marcus Hearn (author of several fine books on the Hammer horror legacy). Eventually, a restoration was completed, and a world premiere took place earlier this year at the Vault Cinema underneath London’s Waterloo Station. Not all of the footage described by Rowson made it into the final cut; only two additions were described by one fan lucky enough to see the result:
    Horror of Dracula 1958 Christopher Lee and Melissa Stribling in bed 300x241 Restored Horror of Dracula to hit UK next March
    Dracula seduces Mina - a scene 
    augmented in the restored version.

    1. When Dracula attacks Mina Holmwood, there is an alternate take of the vampire nuzzling her face and kissing her lip. This is not shot of Dracula exposing his fangs that Rowson had described, and there is no extra close-up of Mina at the beginning of the scene mouthing something to the Count.
    2. When Van Helsing forces Dracula into the sunlight, you now see the shot of actor Christopher Lee in disintegration makeup, his face peeling away. (The censored version showed only shots of a prop skull with glass eyes, covered in dust to represent flesh that had dried and flaked away.)
         No official reason has been given for the discrepancy between Rowson’s description and the restoration that eventually emerged, although Rowson has since noted that he was mistaken about the shot of Mina mouthing something to Dracula. Presumably, the footage from the Japanese print of Dracula baring his fangs was too far deteriorated to be restored. Also, it appears that the restored footage was substituted, rather than added, in order to maintain the running time and synchronization with the existing English-language soundtrack; in other words, for every new frame that was included, an old frame had to be deleted. Holding on the shot of Dracula nuzzling Mina until he bared his fangs might have over-extended the shot and required the deletion of the subsequent shot, a screeching owl, which has already been shorted in the current restoration. Advance word is that the U.K. Blu-ray release will include the final four surviving reels of the Japanese print of HORROR OF DRACULA, so that fans may compare and contrast with the restoration.
    Horror of Draculas disintegration 1958 300x168 Restored Horror of Dracula to hit UK next March
    All that remained of Dracula's facial
    disintegration in the censored prints.
         In any case, the essential bit is the famous disintegration scene, which always felt a bet truncated in existing prints. The transition – from Dracula screaming in pain while being pushed in the sunlight, to a reaction shot of Van Helsing, to the lifeless skull covered in dust – clearly omitted a transitional state of some sort, which has not been reinstated. Hopefully, this addition enhances one of the great moments in the history of horror films. As nice as it would be to have a fully restored HORROR OF DRACULA, this one moment makes the current restoration worthwhile.
    No word yet on when or whether this version may be available on U.S. shores. Warner Bothers, which holds U.S. home video rights for the title, had only this to say when informed of the discovery of the missing footage over a year ago:
    “There have been plans for some time to revisit the key Hammer titles for Blu-ray, especially DRACULA. It is likely our archivists will be investigating the issue of extended scenes for that purpose.”
    HORROR OF DRACULA remains one of the high-water marks in the horror genre. It deserves at least a restored Blu-ray release in America – or, better year, an art house re-release. Time to get on the case, WB.
    FOOTNOTE:
    • Unfortunately, reels 1-5 of the Japanese print were damaged beyond repair.
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