I’m counting down my favorite 31 Horror Movies of all time. Every day this month I’ll feature one movie from my list – starting on Oct 1st with #31 and ending on the Oct 31st, Halloween, with my #1 favorite scary movie.
THE TOP 31 HORROR MOVIES OF ALL TIME
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough
Plot: Jonathan Harker takes employment with Count Dracula, ostensibly to catalog his vast library. In fact, he is on a mission to kill the Count, a vampire. Before he can do so however, the Count gains the upper hand and Harker soon finds himself as one of the walking dead. Dracula has taken an interest in Harker’s fiancée, Lucy Holmwood and it is left to Harker’s colleague, Dr. Van Helsing to protect her. He has difficulty convincing Lucy’s brother, Arthur Holmwood, of the dangers or even the existence of vampires. Soon, however, Arthur’s wife Mina is targeted by Count Dracula and he and Van Helsing race to find his lair before she is lost to them forever.
This is the Dracula film that broke the strangle hold that Bela Lugosi had on the character. Gone was the Hungarian accent and formal dinner attire and enter bloodshot eyes, fangs that dripped blood and total badness of Christopher Lee. The first vampire film in color, The Horror of Dracula took full advantage of that and gave us glorious red blood at every turn. Also, this film was not afraid to highlight some of the more disturbing moments of Bram Stokers novel – the scene where a newly un-dead Lucy lures a child back to her crypt to feed on her is terrifying. Hammer would go on to make a slew of sequels to this movie but stick with the original, it’s the best of the bunch.