Horror of Dracula – The vampire bites in Water Oakley

In 1885, Jonathan Harker arrives at the castle of Count Dracula near Klausenburg to take up his post as librarian. The next morning he attempts to kill the earl and prevent the vampires from spreading. However, the setting sun overtakes him before he can do it. His body and diary are found by his friend Dr. Van Helsing, who conveys the bad news to Lucy Holmwood, Jonathan’s fiancée.

Van Helsing soon finds out that Dracula’s next target is in the Arthur Holmwood home, having set his sights on Lucy’s brother’s fiancée, as well as herself. He and Holmwood will exterminate the late Lucy who, from the count’s many visits, has turned into a vampire, and will try to save his fiancée, Mina.

Bray Studios is a British film and television facility in Water Oakley. It is best known for its association with Hammer Film Productions / Image source

A 1958 British gothic horror film directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same title. Production began at Bray Studios on November 1957.

The first in the series of Hammer Horror films starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, the film also features Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing, along with Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, and John Van Eyssen. In the United States, the film was retitled Horror of Dracula to avoid confusion with the U.S. original by Universal Pictures, 1931’s Dracula. As Count Dracula, Lee fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture.

The studios viewed from the River Thame / Image source

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