In the premiere of our new Hammer Horror podcast “Boobs, Blood & Bad-Asses”, hosts Dr. Chris and Ro dive deep into the 1958 film “Horror of Dracula”.
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On the premiere episode of “Boobs, Blood & Bad-Asses”, the bi-weekly (approximately 60-minute) podcast dedicated to exploring and celebrating the expansive Hammer Horror library of films, hosts Dr. Chris and Ro discuss the 1958 British horror film Horror of Dracula. The film was originally titled just Dracula but was renamed when released in the U.S. to avoid confusion with the earlier Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi. The film was released in the U.S. on a double feature with the Universal film The Thing That Couldn’t Die.
Directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster, the film was based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name. It was the first in the series of Hammer Horror films starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. This original also features Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing, along with Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, and John Van Eyssen.
As Count Dracula, Lee fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture. Christopher Frayling writes, “Dracula introduced fangs, red contact lenses, décolletage, ready-prepared wooden stakes and – in the celebrated credits sequence – blood being spattered from off-screen over the Count’s coffin.” Lee also introduced a dark, brooding sexuality to the character, with Tim Stanley stating, “Lee’s sensuality was subversive in that it hinted that women might quite like having their neck chewed on by a stud”.
In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw Dracula ranked the 65th best British film ever. Empire magazine ranked Lee’s portrayal as Count Dracula the 7th Greatest Horror Movie Character of All Time.
Join popular New England horror host and founder of the Horror Radio Show, Dr. Chris, and his talented co-host, Ro, for an in-depth exploration of this classic Hammer Horror film.