Today’s horror scene that I love comes from the classic 1958 British film, Horror of Dracula. Horror of Dracula was not only one of my favorite horror films but iit was also a favorite of Gary’s as well and, as I spend today considering how best to honor his memory and his love of cinema, sharing a scene from this film just feels very appropriate.
Horror of Dracula was not only the film that introduced the world to Christopher Lee as Dracula but it was also the film that, for lack of a better term, “rebooted” the whole Dracula legend. It was the film that showed that Dracula could still be intriguing and frightening in the modern era. Even more so than the original Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, the Hammer Dracula films — and Lee’s performance as Dracula — have influenced every vampire film that has come out since.
In this scene, Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) leaves his room at Castle Dracula and runs into one of Dracula’s brides (Valerie Gaunt). Lee’s Dracula doesn’t make an entrance until towards the end of the scene but what an entrance it is!
This scene epitomizes everything that made the Hammer Dracula films so memorable. You’ve got sex, horror, and Christopher Lee playing Dracula. What had before merely been the subtext in previous vampire films was revealed by Hammer in all of its glory.