“Dracula” is a 1958 British horror film. It is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Carol Marsh, Melissa Stribling and Christopher Lee. In the United States, the film was retitled “Horror of Dracula” to avoid confusion with the 1931 film “Dracula” starring Bela Lugosi.
After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.
This is part 1 of my three part photo blog of “Horror Of Dracula”-Jonathan Harker Meets Dracula.
The image of Dracula’s name plate on his sarcophagus drips with blood. It is the first time we see the very icon color of red stuff that becomes synonymous with Hammer Films.
Jonathan Harker travels to Castle Dracula to meet with Count Dracula.
Johathan sets his sights on Castle Dracula and the enormous space it encompasses.
Jonathan Harker enters Castle Dracula for the first time. There are no servants to greet him.
Harker awaits Dracula’s greeting while sitting at the table that has already been prepared with food and drink.
Jonathan Harker meets a mysterious woman. While in the dining hall Jonathan makes a mess. As he cleans it up a mysterious woman enters to plea for his help.
Dracula makes an entrance. Soon after the mysterious lady leaves Harker meets Dracula for the first time.
Dracula and Harker finally make their introductions to one another before Jonathan is escorted to his room.
Dracula sees Jonathan to his room before leaving for the evening.
Dracula notices the photos of Harker’s fiancé Lucy then excuses himself for the evening.
Harker is shocked to hear that Dracula has locked him in his room for the night.
Dracula leaves the castle to feed assuming that Harker is secure in his room.
After hearing that someone has unlocked his door, Jonathan heads out and discovers the mysterious woman once more, in the library.
During an embrace the female vampire decides to feed on Harker after yet another plea for his assistance in escaping Dracula.
Dracula returns from his feeding to his woman feeding upon Jonathan Harker and is outraged.
Dracula throws the woman across the room in anger.
Dracula sets out to discipline the female vampire for her mistake. The rage surfacing and blood still dripping from his recent feeding.
Harker looks on in worry at the violence taking place in front of him. He clutches the wound suffered at the hands of the female vampire.
Dracula is mad, just look at that vein popping on his forehead. Sadly Jonathan thinks he can halt the assault on the woman and Dracula shows him otherwise.
Harker is tossed to the floor like a rag doll. The blood dripping from the fresh vampire bite on his neck.
Dracula leaves, carrying the female in his arms.
Harker wakes in his room. Jonathan Harker mysteriously finds himself back in his quarters as he comes to after the violent display in the library.
Jonathan Harker realizes his fate. After checking out the bite marks on his neck, Harker becomes all to aware of his predicament.
Jonathan writes the encounter with Count Dracula in his diary. It will be his testament to his own misfortune. He then sets out to complete his mission.
Jonathan Harker leaves a clue. After finishing his report, Jonathan hides the diary in a shrine just outside the Castle walls.
Jonathan enters the crypt that holds Dracula’s not so final resting place. He sets out to end the reign of terror the monster has lead.
Before killing Dracula, Harker decides to kill the female companion.
After Jonathan stakes the woman she reverts back to her true form, showing the years that mystically had been warded by Immortality.
Jonathan discovers that Dracula has fled. His resting place lays empty and the element of surprise is lost.
Jonathan fails to kill Dracula and his fate is sealed as the Master of Death traps Harker in the crypt.