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Peter Hutchings

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Hammer Horror's "Dracula" was released in 1958 to a mixture of shock, outrage and praise. Yet this version of the Dracula tale, directed by Terence Fisher, was a milestone both for British cinema and for the horror genre. It made an international star of Christopher Lee and confirmed Hammer Films as one of the world's leading purveyors of cinematic terror. Peter Hutchings reveals how Hammer's newly eroticized version of "Dracula" differs from its previous incarnations. He explores the film's symbolism and narrative structure, as well as its potent sexuality and controversial take on gender. Aimed at students of film and fans of the horror genre, this lively guide reveals the legacy which Hammer's "Dracula" has left to cinema.

Table of Contents

  • Illustrations vi
  • Film Credits 1
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 Dracula Lives! 6
  • 2 'I'm Dracula' 34
  • 3 The Mark of the Hammer Dracula 79
  • Conclusion 98
  • Notes 100
  • Bibliography 108

Author Info

Peter Hutchings is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His books include 'Hammer and Beyond' and, as co-editor, 'The Film Studies Reader'.


"splendidly fresh and entertaining study"
Veronica Hitchcock'

Dracula is an entry in the British Film Guides series of short monographs focusing on "key British films from the past hundred years"... Hutchings is particularly strong on the analysis of narrative ideology and he provides a detailed and nuanced account of the dramatic structures...'
James Chapman, Film International'

...offers an excellent exploration of Bram Stoker's novel and the symbolic erotic possibilities of bloodsucking.'
Chris Wood, The Times'

A Must read!' Bite Me Magazine, July 2003

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: British Film Guides

ISBN: 9781860647482
Publication Date: 24 Apr 2003
Number of Pages: 120
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 20 b&w illustrations

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