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Plot: When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites by attempting to make the holy man's young niece his bride. Written by Runtime: 92 min Release Date: 07 Nov 1968
A Fangtastic Sequel ! One Of The Best! (by ianwizard)
I am a huge Dracula fan. I've always loved the Christopher Lee version of Dracula. When I saw the first one Horror Of Dracula I fell in love with it. After that I saw Dracula Prince Of Darkness it was even better than the first one! After Prince of Darkness I went in order and watched ...Risen From The Grave and it was amazing!. In Dracula Has Risen From The Grave it leaves off from Prince Of Darkness when Dracula drowns under water. I was amazed how Dracula had just risen out of the cold frozen water. A local priest is put under Dracula's spell and goes bad. Dracula hides out in a <more>
local bar and preys on the the bar maid Zena. Zena as well as the priest is put under Dracula's spell and is soon asked to preform a task for Dracula. Unfortunately Zena fails her task for Dracula, and Dracula destroyed Zena and orders for the priest to burn her in the fire place. The gore and blood is very unrealistic which makes the movie easy to handle. I loved it and I think you will to.
Dark, moody Gothic thriller of Dracula's battle with the Church (by mlraymond)
Marvelously atmospheric film, with terrific music, strong performances, and a clever script. The opening sequences, with a visiting Monsignor learning that no one will go to the church anymore, since Dracula hung up one of his victims in the bell tower, are tense and involving. The Monsignor's idea ,to free the villagers of their fears by exorcising Dracula's castle, leads to a very dramatic sequence of the two clergymen struggling for hours up an increasingly difficult mountain climb, with the alcoholic priest becoming more and more frightened. The first sight of the castle, sitting <more>
ominously on a mountain top, is quite impressive. The scene of the Monsignor arriving at the deserted castle, lit with unwholesome greens and yellows, and some creepy low angle shots, augmented by some awesomely threatening music, is one of the best in the whole picture. With booming thunder almost drowning out his Latin incantations, the stalwart Monsignor reads the service of exorcism, and places a large golden cross on the doors. Meanwhile, the fearful priest flees in terror from the fury of the lightning and thunder, and inadvertently causes the very thing that he most dreads to happen: the return of Count Dracula. This is such a powerful beginning, that the rest of the film almost has to be a slight letdown, but there are many well done sequences, ranging from Dracula's evil deeds, to humorous and bawdy scenes of students in a tavern, and sensuous, tender love scenes. The story always holds the viewer's interest and gives Christopher Lee some great scenes. The only real complaint is that Dracula doesn't appear in longer and more vivid scenes. But the movie is so entertaining overall that this is a fairly minor quibble. Highly recommended for vampire movie fans and Hammer enthusiasts. A movie well worth seeing, even if not quite as good as it could have been.
I have enjoyed watching Hammer horror films since I was a kid. I am glad that gradually they are being released on DVD. Dracula Has Risen From the Grave takes place a year after Dracula, Prince of Darkness in which Dracula perished in the waters surrounding his castle. Much has been made of the fact that upon his resurrection, Dracula's reflection can be seen in the water by the wayward priest. Who cares?! This isn't Ocar worthy material and such artistic liberties can be freely taken. How about the fact that he keeps finding a way to come back? Or, that from film to film his castle <more>
never looks the same? Even better, it always takes like 30 seconds for the sun to go down! I love it when Zena gets bitch slapped by the count when she questions his orders to fetch Maria. Hopefully, someday all of the Hammer films will be available on DVD!
I bought this movie yesterday as a birthday present to myself and had to watch it right away as it was the last Lee-Dracula that I had missed from my movie collection until now. The first time I saw this one, was some twenty years ago when me and my sister eagerly saw every Hammer production that bursted out of our TV-set during summer nights. Sweet memories but I was just as delighted again. Hello Sis, hope I'll get to show you this one again soon!Christopher Lee is great here as usual. He still stays as my favourite count, no matter how ridiculous the stories around him got in further <more>
sequels. Not that this was any more serious though. Silly but bloody gorgeous fun, just as it was meant to be.The set design and especially the lighting had some nice touches. In some scenes ,for example in the cellar of the village bar, the green and red light that dances around the characters just oozes decadent wickedness. Mystic and comic at the same time very simply but effectively done. The rooftop-set looks good and fairytale-like. The familiar scenes near the castle and in the forest are beautifully filmed and thick with the right atmosphere.Of all the Hammer Draculas this one has one of the best supporting casts. The one and only thing that I was left to miss was the great Peter Cushing to defeat the count in the end. But the cast seemed to manage alright without him anyway, so let's not moan for that. I'll catch him again in my other beloved Hammers.The resurrection from an icy stream by fresh blood is pretty cool. But having two gorgeous village girls coming to see only you in the basement of the bar warms anybody's blood. "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave" is so much fun it makes even the count smile. Enjoy!
Somehow from childhood I've been sucked into horror films, and those featuring vampires in particular. So, back in 1968 as a naive teen I wandered into the three-films-for-a-buck World Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. This was my first Hammer Film. It was a quantum leap point, blasting from the moodiness of Tod Browning and the camp of the later Universal films into a dark world.Time passes. And out of the hundreds of genre films, "Dracula Has Risen..." haunts with images. Is it a good film? In its way. It is a good, solid B movie; one under Miqque's Ratings I'd give 90%. <more>
Percentages are arrived at via a matter of actualization: the concept to the product, the question is "Is this the best film they could have made with this idea?" Some of the sets are cheap, some acting stiff, some writing clumsy, some pacing awkward or, as typical of the genre, slow . But the darned thing works. Dracula gets staked at one point, and is frighteningly unhappy about it. That one image burns. The period pieces from Hammer all seem to be shown in the USA complete with dropouts and scratches, along with unwelcome cuts mostly to avoid signature brief flashes of nudity and violence . An unexpurgated copy reveals Hammers strengths of use of color, making the most of a minimal set dressing budget, and the stunning charisma of Christopher Lee. This is one where he is not teamed with the late Peter Cushing, but the recurring role of the priest makes for a sharp foil. The denoument is striking, and flows directly into the next in the series. If you enjoy the genre, this is a good one. -M.
I rather like 'Dracula has risen from the grave'. Admittedly it is not as good as Hammer's original 1958 Dracula movie, but it is still, in my opinion, one of the studio's better Dracula sequels. The director, Freddie Francis, began his career as a cinematographer, and so it was probably his decision to make the interesting use of colour filters, which helps to enhance the film's atmosphere. The production designer on this film is Hammer regular Bernard Robinson, and his work here includes some very impressive sets, such as the exterior of Dracula's castle and the <more>
village church.The cast includes several members of Hammer's unofficial repertory company. Christopher Lee has relatively little screen time in his role as the eponymous vampire count, but he is still very effective when he does appear. Veronica Carlson does her best with the part of Maria. This is an underwritten role in my view, but Veronica succeeds in making the character sympathetic and believable. Best of all there is Michael Ripper, who is excellent in the role of Max, the genial inn keeper. The script, written by Anthony Hinds using the pen name of John Elder, will not win any prizes for the inventiveness of its plotting, but it is still a serviceable piece of writing.In conclusion this film may not be as good as earlier Hammer triumphs like 'Curse of Frankenstein' 1957 and 'Dracula' 1958 , but it is a lot better than later Hammer films such as 'Scars of Dracula' 1970 .
the ultimate amalgamation of Hammer Film's conventions (by cinefool)
If a quintessential example of a Hammer Studio's exercise in Gothic Horror exists, it is probably this film. Not because it is a flawless piece of film-making, far from it. Rather because this film manages to squeeze just about all of Hammer's horror-show templates into it's 92 minute running time.Here we have the unmistakeably distinctive set design and music score by Hammer mainstays Benard Robinson and James Benard; romantic leads transposing post Summer-of-Love sexual mores and hairstyles! to the film's indeterminate post Victorian location; two pub locales, one peopled <more>
with wary, hostile, superstitious East-Ender types, the other rollicking with high-spirited youthful inebriates; a pious religious figure and a much less pious one ; a cameo by Michael Ripper; day-for-night location shots; attractive women in low-cut bodices and nightgowns; yet another outlandish method of using trickling blood to revive the antagonist; an eventful screenplay that doesn't measure up to critical evaluation --- whew! I could go on and on.But please understand, I do not necessarily regard all of the above negatively, just realistically. "D.H.R.F.T.G." is a fun watch if you leave your thinking cap off. Several of the most memorable set-pieces in the Hammer canon are here; the discovery of the girl in the belfry, the attempted staking of Dracula, the Count's seduction of Veronica Carlson, and his over-the-top demise I won't reveal it here . These scenes lingered for decades in my mind after I saw the film in the early seventies. I was joyful to find the videotape in the '90's and yes, I now happily own the DVD.One of the harshest critics of this film, incidentally, was it's star. Christopher Lee, who entered the project enduring serious back pain stuntman Eddie Powell handled the more strenuous action , disliked the script intensely, especially the attempted staking of the Count. His performance, however, betrays none of his vexation; this is one of his best outings as Dracula. Director Freddie Francis coaxes serviceable performances from the rest of the cast. Rupert Davies and Barbara Ewing stand out, as a noble cleric and lusty barmaid respectively.At the end of the day, I really like this movie, despite it's shortcomings. Heck, I feel like putting on right now. So should you.
This picks up one year after "Dracula--Prince of Drakness". Dracula Christopher Lee is dead but is accidentally brought back to life. Monsignor Ernst Rupert Davies has nailed a cross on Dracula's castle door. For revenge Dracula goes after his beautiful niece Maria Veronica Carlson . But Maria's boyfriend Paul Barry Andrews is ready to fight back.This one starts right off with a bang--within the first 5 minutes we get plenty of blood and a nice closeup of vicious fang wounds in a victims neck. It gets your attention. One of the better Hammer Dracula films. The <more>
violence is pretty strong for 1968 but seems kind of silly today. At one point Dracula PULLS a stake out of his heart with plenty of blood just pouring out. I mean come on! It doesn't help that the blood looks like ketchup and his shirt is totally dry right after he removes it. There are plenty of continuity errors in this one--the top two have Dracula's reflection being shown and a priest's head wound comes and goes throughout the movie. Also it has the Hammer trademark of some dreadful day for night shooting and a thundering score.Still this is well done with good acting by Lee especially , a strong emphasis on religion and a strange brown border on the screen whenever Dracula is shown. The Warner DVD that came out a few years ago is just great--good picture quality, strong color and great sound. It also carries the G rating this was awarded in 1968! All kidding aside this is NOT a G rated film but I don't think it's that bad. The violence is pretty restrained by todays standards and it would probably get by with a PG. I give this an 8.
It came as quite a shock to learn, mere moments ago, that Christopher Lee has gone. I came THIS close to cashing it all in this week, myself: I was driving along, minding my own business, when a 91 year old woman T-boned me- on the driver's side. My hands are trembling even as I write. In his autobiography, Christopher Lee wastes little time on his performance s as Dracula. It's understandable, I suppose: whenever an actor becomes TOO readily identified with a fictional persona, the thespian tends to resent it- and the character. Instances of this are legion. Still, Christopher Lee <more>
was, for many, the quintessential Dracula, and one of only a handful of truly unforgettable actors to make his mark in fright Films. Dracula HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE was one of those Fright Films that my brother and I stayed up late past Midnight to see- and it scared us so bad that we literally jumped into each other's arms when someone walked into the room. Christopher Lee may be gone- but forgotten? Not in my lifetime.