This film captured what was the evil part of the Dracula films. His violation of his mother, the deceit he tried to pursue with a "fiance," and the scene of coffins with locks dropping were among the most suspenseful I have ever seen. Peter Cushing was at his indisputable best in this film. I wish I had it on DVD.
The Brides of Dracula
Time Out saysPatchy but striking, and directed with Fisher's usual flair. Not really a sequel to Hammer's Dracula, since Christopher Lee refused to repeat his role, it has Peel as a youthful and somewhat pallid relative who is kept locked up (though thoughtfully provided with suitable victims) by a fond mamma, but escapes to get within biting distance of an academy for young ladies. Hunt (the mother) and Jackson (a crazed retainer) are fun.