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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

A weak priest provides the blood that revives the evil Count Dracula and becomes his servant in a typical dose of vampire flesh-creeping from the Hammer House of Horror.

A minor triumph of style over content, the third sequel to Hammer’s 1958 classic succeeds by virtue of Freddie Francis’s adventurous direction and his ability to extract religious irony from the formulaic script.

Moody red filters are used to enhance the sanguinary motifs, while the ever-reliable Christopher Lee evokes the customary chills and supernatural menace.

Dracula not dying after being gorily staked by an atheist is this iconoclastic picture’s most striking – if ludicrous – scene.

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Count Dracula
Christopher Lee
Monsignor
Rupert Davies
Maria
Veronica Carlson
Zena
Barbara Ewing
Paul
Barry Andrews
Priest
Ewan Hooper
Max
Michael Ripper
Landlord
George A Cooper
Anna
Marion Mathie

Director
Freddie Francis

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