June 14th, 2013: The Brides of Dracula (1960)

The Brides of DraculaCast and Crew: Terence Fisher (Director); Jimmy Sangster (Co-Writer); Anthony Hinds (Producer, Co-Writer); Michael Carreras (Executive Producer); Michael Ripper

What It’s About: School teacher Marianne Danielle (Yvonne Monlaur) is diverted on her path to her latest appointment at a girls’ school to the foreboding castle of Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt).  There she meets the Baroness’s son (David Peel) chained in his room.  He convinces her that his mother keeps him a prisoner to keep her position as Baroness.  Marianne frees Baron Meinster unaware of his real secret:  he is a vampire, and he immediately begins preying on the local villagers, and, eventually the girls at Marianne’s new school (which he just happens to own).  Van Helsing (Peter Cushing), who is scouring Central Europe for more vampires after defeating Dracula, begins investigating the case…but can he put all the pieces together in time to save Marianne?

Why Watch it Today?:  June 14th is World Blood Donor Day.  I strongly suggest you consider donating some blood along with watching today’s excellent movie about those who crave it!  Brides of Dracula might lack Christopher Lee, but it features Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing at his two-fisted man-of-action best, not to mention a quite different take on the villainous, aristocratic vampire in the shape of David Peel’s Baron Meinster.

Other Choices:  Dracula, Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Dracula A.D. 1972, Blacula, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Son of Dracula, Vamp, Nosferatu, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, or any of our other vampire movies.

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