REVIEW: Brides of Dracula (1960)
TITLE: Brides of Dracula
DIRECTOR: Terence Fisher
CAST: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Monlaur, David Peel, Martita Hunt, Freda Jackson
REVIEW BY ADAM SCOVELL
One of the most original of Hammer’s Dracula series, Brides of Dracula is easily one of the strongest of the sequels made. Perhaps the lack of Christopher Lee meant that scriptwriter Jimmy Sangster (along with Peter Bryan and Edward Percy) had to be more innovative in making the vampire villain more of a menace but this has lead to it becoming one of the most widely adored of all Hammer Horrors.
We’re initially introduced to the story with Marianne Danielle, a beautiful Parisian teacher on her way to a new placement at a school in the usual non-descript eastern European country where Hammer often set their Dracula and Frankenstein films. Played by one of the most beautiful exponents of Hammer glamour, Yvonne Monlaur seems a cut above the rest with her gentle persona and delicious French accent. The opening scene also highlights one of the reasons why Brides of Dracula has an entertainment factor that demands repeat viewings. Sprinkled amongst its characters are some wonderfully juicy, comedic folk who have some brilliant one-liners and are almost always perfectly hammy. Marianne’s coach driver is one of these colourful characters who upon stopping the coach after seeing something blocking the road exclaims, “Ooo ahh, I thought it was a dead’en!”.