“Jump Cuts” is a recurring feature idea for A.D.D., where I reveal the thoughts that swirl through my head as I watch famous (or infamous) movies. This time it’s Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, the third of Christopher Lee‘s Dracula movies for legendary Hammer Films.
Resurrected after being frozen in ice, the prince of darkness seeks revenge against the Monsignor who has sealed his castle doors with a golden cross. Thus he seeks out his niece to defile and possess her. Of course, the Monsignor and her boyfriend have something to say about that!
Here are my random musings on Dracula Has Risen From The Grave. These are the types of things that just pop out of my brain when I watch movies.
1. Freddie Francis is an underrated director, between this, Paranoiac and the original Tales From The Crypt movie from the Seventies.
2. Lead actress Veronica Carlson kind of looks like Lita Ford, which distracted me throughout the movie.
3. Fake blood from the Sixties looked like red paint (which it practically was). It looks passable on DVD, but on Blu-ray it’s not going to age well. Maybe they should skip the HD transfer?
4. I am a sucker for films with a busty barmaid. Sorry, I can’t help it.
5. Christopher Lee is the most badass Dracula. He looks evil, sounds evil and does not need to utter much dialogue to prove it. (In the previous film, Dracula: Prince Of Darkness, he didn’t say a word.)
6. Classic Universal horror movies may get loads of acclaim, but Hammer horror films were generally better.
7. If someone burns a body in the fireplace of an inn, even if it’s downstairs, don’t you think somebody would notice the smell? Even outside? Perhaps that was par for the course in European villages circa 1898.
8. This movie promotes tolerance in terms of religious differences. Interesting.
9. The Monsignor’s niece Maria is pretty gutsy, slipping out of her bedroom and sneaking across rooftops and along ledges to reach her boyfriend’s rented room and spend quality time. Now that’s love.
10. Rainbow colored filters seem to have been the rage when this movie was made. They were used a lot here by cinematographer Arthur Grant. Thankfully not too much.
11. The landlord/inn owner seems nice, but he’s a hardass if someone misses a day of work. Instead of, “Is she okay? What happened to her?” He’s all, “She’s an undependable wench!” Geez. Did you look in your basement, dude?
12. I expected Dracula to be a little stronger physically than he is portrayed here. Maybe vampires do age a bit. And why he is casting a reflection?
13. A dozen cast members get credits, but at least 20 uncredited others appeared as townspeople in the two towns portrayed. They must be bummed that they were not noted for cinematic posterity.
14. It would be cool if the bad girl was the heroine and not the good girl. Bad girls need love, too.
15. I enjoyed the fact that the young man who must take down Dracula is an atheist. Nice twist.