Saturday, 6 November 2010

Film Review Dracula (1958)

Dracula (1958) is a Hammer Horror production. They are a British film production company. It was directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster. Although low budget, they still used good British actors of the time and made clever use of sets. It is also the first Dracula film to be presented in colour. This of course means that the blood in the film has never looked more red!

They decided not to use the original story of Dracula. Bram Stoker wrote the original in 1897. They did however use some of the original characters. eg Dracula, Van Helsing, and Jonathan Harker.
I thought the pacing was neither slow or fast, but kept steady. Meaning it just about kept me interested. I think it would have to be faster if it was presented to today's audience because we are so used to faster paced films.

It was adult rated but since then it has been reduced to 12a. A critic from the Daily Express in 1958 described it as "One of the most revolting horror films I have seen in years,"
It just shows how things have changed since then.

I think in the next film I review, I will try to write some notes while watching and not leave it for two weeks before writting.

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