Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing, Star Wars) is enlisted by Scotland Yard to help them track down Count Dracula (Christopher Lee, Star Wars, Alice In Wonderland). The first half of this movie absolutely drags, with boring story development and bad dialogue. The second half, once you start seeing, you know, vampires, is much better and moves at a very good pace. My main problem with this movie is that you don’t see Dracula until about the final fifteen minutes of the movie, which is s shame because Lee is very good in the role (he has played Dracula numerous times). Instead, we get a movie that is basically Scotland Yard versus Dracula’s non-vampire henchmen. You don’t even see Dracula’s brides much, and when you do, they are shackled in a basement, and you never actually see Dracula WITH his brides. Strange.
Anyways, besides Lee’s impressive work you also get a pretty good performance out of Cushing and some somewhat impressive special effects for the time. This movie comes off more of a thriller than horror film, and is a mix between the good, the bad, and the boring.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5