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Released in 1958, "Horror of Dracula" was Christopher Lee's first movie as Dracula. "Horror of Dracula," may be the best of this collection because of its gorgeous settings, and the plot following Bram Stoker's novel more closely than any other film adaptation of "Dracula." Peter Cushing stars as Dracula's nemesis, Dr. Van Helsing. "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" is the least impressive of the four movies. Dracula victimizes the relatives of a priest who placed a cross on his castle. Some of the jargon and sexual innuendoes seem inappropriate for the 1800s setting. Dracula menaces the priest's niece, played by the beautiful Veronica Carlson who was also delightful to watch in Hammer's "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed." In "Taste the Blood of Dracula," three wealthy, seemingly upstanding businessmen have unwittingly released Dracula after killing his servant. Dracula seeks revenge by having the three businessmen killed by their own children. Under the spell of the vampire, the children appear to enjoy killing their fathers. In "Dracula A.D. 1972," Peter Cushing returns as Dr. Van Helsing to battle Dracula once again. (Cushing was absent from the previous two movies.) "Dracula A.D. 1972" is very dated with hippie language and songs; however, it is still fun to watch.

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WA117426 Draculas: 4 Film Favorites DVD (Horror of Dracula / Dracula Has Risen from the Grave / Taste the Blood of Dracula / Dracula A.D. 1972) $17.98 $15.99