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Dracula Collection: 5 Movies [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride
The final installment in Hammer Studios' Dracula series is also the least interesting of the lot. A fairly direct follow-up to Dracula A.D. 1972, this sequel finds the Count (Christopher Lee) developing a potent strain of bubonic plague which he and his devil-worshipping disciples plan to release from 1970's London to wipe out nearly all life on earth. His efforts are challenged once again by the dedicated Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing), leading to a rather uninvolving climax. Despite the always-welcome presence of Lee and Cushing, this installment plays too flagrantly with the time-honored Hammer Gothic formula, giving Dracula actual dialogue and surrounding the leads with a dull, amateurish supporting cast -- with the possible exception of Joanna Lumley (later of BBC-TV's Absolutely Fabulous). This also marked Lee's final performance as the Count and signaled the beginning of the end for Hammer's horror heyday. Also known as Satanic Rites of Dracula and Dracula is Dead and Well and Living in London. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

The Last Vampire on Earth
Pastor's daughter and Anthropology student Chloe strikes up an unlikely friendship with solitary Hematology student Aurelius in their shared Literature class, and finds her life forever changed by one simple act of kindness. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Daughter of Darkness
This made-for-cable vampire potboiler is distinguished mainly by the presence of director Stuart Gordon (of Re-Animator fame) and a sadly pallid looking Anthony Perkins in one of his last roles. Radiant Mia Sara plays schoolteacher Catherine Thatcher, whose trip to Budapest in search of her father (whom she has never met) reveals the grim underbelly of Romanian society in the dark days of Ceausescu. In an interesting twist, the dictator's sadistic secret police have become a veritable den of vampires (a barb-tongued breed dating back to Medieval times). Plots within plots unfold to reveal the true identity of Catherine's father. Gordon makes good use of authentic locations and somber atmosphere, blending the standard gothic look with a feel of social and spiritual decay -- but the bland script fails to exploit the metaphorical possibilities of this setting, and the silly horror effects make it hard to take seriously. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Avia, Vampire Hunter
The Vampire Conspiracy
Five strangers are abducted by a 250 year old vampire and forced to act as pawns in a game designed specifically for his morbid amusement in producer/writer/director Mark Morgenstern's dark thriller. To successfully navigate this twisted maze means to inherit the bloodsucker's entire fortune; to lose means to become the next meal for the powerful supernatural predator, transformed into a vampire, and dropped back in the maze to torment the next round of victims. The only clues that could lead them out of their dire predicament are a series of words written on the floor of the maze and the unintelligible ravings of a madman who had survived the previous game. When the group discovers an outside event that leaves each of them wanting the others dead, the situation quickly deteriorates as they attempt to figure out who they should fear most - the vampires, or each other. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Christopher Lee
    Christopher Lee - Count Dracula
  • Peter Cushing
    Peter Cushing - Prof. Lorrimer Van Helsing
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    Michael Coles - Insp. Murray
  • William Franklyn
    William Franklyn - Torrence
  • Freddie Jones
    Freddie Jones - Prof. Keeley
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