Marianne Danielle, a young woman with nowhere to stay the night is invited by Baroness Meinster to stay at her castle. Whilst there she discovers that the Baroness has her son chained to a room unable to escape. Marianne releases him, but unbeknown to her he is a vampire, a disciple of Dracula, and now she has re-released his evil upon the world. After realising what she has done, Marianne gets away and is later discovered in the woods by Van Helsing who helps her and takes her to the local village, where he learns of the recent killings in which victims have been left with bites marks on their necks. Now Van Helsing must once again take up the task of fighting the vampiric un-dead.
The Brides of Dracula is a 1960 Hammer Production and sequel to 1958's Dracula. It is directed by Terence Fisher and stars Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, Yvonne Monlaur as Marianne Danielle, Martita Hunt as Baroness Meinster and David Peel as Baron Meinster (the disciple of Dracula).
This film isn't about Dracula, as you may or may not already know, it is instead about his disciples, well it's about one of his disciples who proceeds to acquire more vampires. So the film would have made more sense to have been called The Disciple of Dracula, but as it is The Brides of Dracula sounds that bit better, also audiences who have seen Dracula or read the novel will already be familiar with the characters of Dracula's brides; the three seductive vampires who prey upon the weak, generally male, population. So the fact that the film is more about a disciple of Dracula, Baron Meinster, and his brides aside, I generally liked it. Terence Fisher did what he does best, he creates a dark, eerie and highly entertaining piece of cinema. As always, Peter Cushing is a thrill to watch, he's entertaining and interesting at all times. Without spoiling the ending entirely, Van Helsing's method of vanquishing the vampire was rather ingenious, it's sort of silly, but very clever. It's not the best Dracula film in the series, but it's equally not the worst. I rather enjoyed it, and for a Dracula film that doesn't have Dracula at any point in it's running time, except the odd one or two name droppings, I thought it was pretty good.
The Brides of Dracula 4/5