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Christopher Lee is Dracula

Updated on June 11, 2015
Christopher Lee as Dracula
Christopher Lee as Dracula

Christopher Lee Stars as Dracula

Between 1958 and 1973, Christopher Lee appeared in seven movies as the iconic and dreaded vampire, Dracula.

As a youngster growing up in the UK, these Christopher Lee films were my introduction to the classic bloodsucker. While the character created by Hammer Films was somewhat far removed from the one that appeared in the novel written by Bram Stoker, Lee's interpretation of Dracula is nonetheless truly unforgettable.

The movies themselves have become cult classics over the years and remembered with affection (and ample helpings of fear) by those of a certain age.

For myself, although I never saw the films at the cinema, these Dracula movies became part of my staple television viewing late on Friday or Saturday nights some decades ago. I guess you could say: Fangs for the memory! (Perhaps not!)

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Christopher Lee as Dracula

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Christopher Lee is Dracula!

With all due respect to Bela Lugosi, and the many other actors who have played the role, for me Christopher Lee was and still is the scariest and most evil Dracula ever.

Lee was perfect casting. His imposing stature, growling voice and piercing eyes were the stuff of nightmares, provoking many a gasp or scream from both cinema and television audiences alike.

Lee's first outing as Dracula came in glorious Technicolor in 1958 and was the template for several more sequels over the years. Simply Dracula in the UK, the film was retitled The Horror of Dracula in the USA. Based on Bram Stoker's novel, there were several detail deviations, but this was inevitable for a movie of eighty minutes. One thing that was not changed was Dracula's talent for hypnotizing pretty young women with his eyes.

Full face fang shots of Dracula's penetrating, red bloodshot eyes would soon become a trademark of Christopher Lee's performances, sending a shudder down the spine of even the most experienced of horror watchers.

The Dracula Movies Starring Christopher Lee: Made By Hammer Films

The first sequel in the series, The Brides of Dracula, did not feature Christopher Lee, nor did the last film made in 1974, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. By this time, Lee was unhappy with the portrayal of his character, quitting the role for good.

  1. Dracula (1958)
  2. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
  3. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968)
  4. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)
  5. Scars of Dracula (1970)
  6. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
  7. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

A Video Tribute to Christopher Lee's Dracula

Dracula Prince of Darkness/The Satanic Rites of Dracula
Dracula Prince of Darkness/The Satanic Rites of Dracula

A wonderful double feature of Dracula movies bringing together one film from the 1960s and one from the 1970s.

 

1966: Dracula, Prince of Darkness

The second film starring Christopher Lee is Dracula: Prince of Darkness, in which Lee does not utter a word, having later stated that the dialogue written for him was so dire that he refused to speak any of it.

1968 - 1970

Both Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968) and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) are direct sequels to their predecessors, continuing in a direct timeline.

Ingenious methods were created to bring the vampire back to life.

His first resurrection was brought about by the blood of an injured Monsignor touching Dracula's lips in his icy grave, while in the follow-up he returns when his dried blood is mixed with that of a dead man as a cocktail of rebirth.

4 Film Favorites: Draculas (Dracula A.D. 1972, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Horror of Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula)
4 Film Favorites: Draculas (Dracula A.D. 1972, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Horror of Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula)

Four of the Dracula movies starring Christopher Lee are gathered together here on one DVD collection at a very reasonable price.

 

1970 - 1972

This time our good ole vampire is brought back to life by a bat dropping blood on what was left of him from the previous film. Although a sequel, Scars of Dracula has no connection to its direct predecessor, as it was meant to be the beginning of a new series.

Dracula: AD 1972, however, is a completely separate film, bringing the Count into modern day England of the 1970s. This time Dracula breaths again following a black magic ceremony in a deserted and abandoned church.

Scars of Dracula
Scars of Dracula

Although Scars of Dracula is currently out of print, the DVD can still be found on sale by several sellers through Amazon.

 

1973: The Satanic Rites of Dracula

The American title for the last film in Christopher Lee's run as Dracula became Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride. Who knows why? It had absolutely nothing to do with the content of the movie.

This one continued on from the previous film, with many of the cast from that production included. Christopher Lee, however, would never appear again as the Count, citing the movie as one Hammer Dracula too far.

The Christopher Lee/Dracula Poll - What's Your Opinion?

Which is your favorite Christopher Lee Dracula movie?

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Do You Agree With Me?

Was Christopher Lee the best movie Dracula?

Yes, I absolutlely agree!

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    • Paul 21 months ago from Liverpool, England

      Certainly the best of my time - he commanded the screen so well.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I have to say yes......as i have been a Christoper Lee fan for over 30 years,seen all of his Dracula movies' and his other films. i also like Bela Lugosi too! yours truly Vlad R,man

    • GeoDitton 4 years ago

      Christopher Lee just IS Dracula. He makes a great villain in a lot of other films too, but say Dracula and I always picture Lee.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Bela Lugosi, too, but I prefer Christopher Lee.

    • Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      Christopher Lee was mesmerizing as Dracula. There was just something extra creepy about him in this role as if it fit him like a glove:)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Without a doubt. He brought an immense sense of power and charisma to the role that nobody else, before or since, has managed to do.

    • Lemming13 5 years ago

      Gary Oldman was good but had to fight against a nonsensical script; I actually liked Richard Roxburgh's Dracula from Van Helsing, too. But Lee was the best.

    • Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      Absolutely! There was something in his eyes and face expression, besides his acting that make him the best Dracula ever!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. I can remember watching him as Dracula when I was a kid. Scared me to death!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Y-E-S

    • uktvbrackets lm 5 years ago

      absolutely and Peter Cushing the best Van Helsing

    • RonnieV74 5 years ago

      Christopher Lee was the best Dracula. Bela Lugosi was great but I think Lee was just a little bit better and I think Lee's Dracula films are also better.

    • yayas 5 years ago

      I agree; as Dracula, Christopher Lee had it hands down over anyone else who played the part.

    • plrsource 5 years ago

      Yes

    • KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      He's pretty convincing in the role.

    • clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Without a doubt! He scared the bee-jeez outta me with his realistic portrayal of Dracula.

    • Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Absolutely! He is a superb actor and scared the pants off me as Dracula when I was a kid! :D

    No, I have another favorite movie Dracula!

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      • Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

        Lee was great, Lugosi was even greater:-)

      • christopherwell 5 years ago

        Christopher Lee was really good, but I still love seeing Bela Lugosi the two times he did the role.

      • JimH 5 years ago

        I enjoyed all of Lee's horror movie work but I'll give a slight edge to Lugosi as Dracula.

      • Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

        Lee was more imposing, Lugosi was scarier

      • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        No, I grew up with the Bela Lugosi portrayal of Dracula, and to me he was much spookier than Christopher Lee. But that's just me.....

      In addition to the fictional title of Count in the Dracula movies, Lee became a real life Sir in 2009.

      Sir Christopher Lee
      Sir Christopher Lee

      June 11, 2015: It was announced that Sir Christopher Lee had passed away on June 7, 2015 at the age of 93.

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      Is Dracula Your Favorite Horror Character?

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          Susan Deppner 21 months ago from Arkansas USA

          Always sad to see an accomplished, well-liked actor pass away.

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          queenblanche1st 2 years ago

          Christopher Lee and Frank Langella are tied for first place the way I see it.

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          Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

          I hated this man when I was a kid. You're correct... Friday night was Hammer House of Horror night, and the one and only night I was allowed to stay up late. No internet/video games in those days. If I wanted to stay up (which of course I always did) then I'd have to sit on the sofa, be seen and not heard, and watch on TV whatever my mother watched, which was always these damn Drac movies :-(

          Peter Cushing, by the way, a grossly underrated actor, in my opinion.

          Good lens.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Yes,Dracula is my favorite, Christoper Lee is my favorite horror actor,I am 61 years old have seen all of MR.Lee"s Dracula movies and his other films,To me Mr.Lee is the best,and will always be.Truly a great and wonderful man!.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Yes Dracula is my favorite character,and has been most of my life. As i am 61 years old and have seen,all Christoper Lee"s Dracula movies and his other films,To me MR.Lee is the best,and will always be my favorite Horror actor .Truly a Great Man!

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