Hammer films found themselves suddenly the hotspot for horror at the end of the ’50s. Their color nightmares of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy made theater owners eager to book more of their monsters. Naturally they wanted to make a sequel. But at the time they had a slight issue. Christopher Lee was not eager to put in his fangs. But luckily Peter Cushing was around to stake a whole new batch of bloodsuckers. Thus Brides of Dracula doesn’t have to come up with a conceit as to why Dracula really didn’t die at the end of Horror of Dracula. Instead we get to meet a new vampire in Baron Meinster (David Peel). Will he be able to outwit Doctor Van Helsing (Cushing). The film did well at the box office and has built up its own cult over the decades. Now the movie is coming out with a batch of bonus features that will allow you to fully appreciate the Baron. Here’s the press release from Scream Factory:
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
THE BRIDES OF DRACULA: COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Starring Peter Cushing, Freda Jackson, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED HAMMER CULT CLASSICS
ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ NOVEMBER 10, 2020
This fall, brace yourself for the long-awaited Hammer cult film classic arrives on Blu-ray. On November 10, 2020, SCREAM FACTORY is excited to present the highly sought-after classic THE BRIDES OF DRACULA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by Terence Fisher (The Curse of Frankenstein) and produced by Anthony Hinds (The Phantom of the Opera), this chilling horror classic stars Peter Cushing (Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope), Freda Jackson (Clash of the Titans), Martita Hunt (Great Expectations), and Yvonne Monlaur (License to Kill). A must-have for movie collectors and loyal fans of Hammer Films, this definitive release contains special bonus content, including new 2K scan of the interpositive, new audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr, new featurettes, and much more!
Avid fans and collectors, please take note: those who order THE BRIDES OF DRACULA Collector’s Edition from ShoutFactory.com and get an Exclusive 18” x 24” Rolled Poster featuring brand new artwork, available while supplies last!
Marianne (Yvonne Monlaur), a beautiful young girl, is stranded en route to a teaching assignment in Eastern Europe. She is persuaded to spend the night at the nearly deserted castle of the mysterious Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt). In the castle, Marianne accidentally discovers a man chained to the wall in his room. The Baroness explains only that he is her “sick and feeble-minded” son. Unable to get any further information from her or the maid, Marianne steals a key and sets him free. But once unbound, the man – Baron Meinster (David Peel) – fiendishly recruits the undead for his evil purposes while Marianne and Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) try to stop him in this classic Hammer Film.
“BRIDES OF DRACULA”
Starring PETER CUSHING FREDA JACKSON MARTITA HUNT YVONNE MONLAUR
Screenplay By JIMMY SANGSTER, PETER BRYAN And EDWARD PERCY Directed By TERENCE FISHER
Produced By ANTHONY HINDS Executive Producer MICHAEL CARRERAS
A HAMMER FILM Production
BRIDES OF DRACULA © 1960 Hotspur Films Ltd. Renewed 1988 Hammer Films Production Limited.
NEW 2K Scan from the Interpositive – in two aspect ratios 1.85:1 and 1.66:1
NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
NEW The Men Who Made Hammer: Terence Fisher
NEW The Men Who Made Hammer: Jack Asher
NEW The Eternal and the Damned – Malcolm Williamson and The Brides of Dracula
The Making of Brides of Dracula– narrated by Edward De Souza plus interviews with Yvonne Monlaur, Jimmy Sangster, Hugh Harlow and more…
The Haunted History of Oakley Court
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1, 1.66:1)/English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/English SDH Subtitles/1960/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 86 Minutes
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