Synopsis: After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Terence Fisher
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

[Thunderous instrumental music]

[Soft instrumental music]


"The Diary of Jonathan Harker.

"May 3, 1885.

"At last my long journey

is drawing to its close.

"What the eventual end will be,

I cannot foresee.

"But whatever may happen,

I can rest secure...

"...that I will have done all in my power

to achieve success.

"The last lap of my journey

from the village of Klausenberg...

"...proved to be more difficult

than I had anticipated...

"...due to the reluctance on the part of

the coach driver to take me all the way.

"As there was no other transport


"...I was forced

to travel the last few kilometers on foot...

"...before arriving at Castle Dracula.

"The castle appeared innocuous

in the warm sun, and all seemed normal...

"...but for one thing:

There were no birds singing.

"As I crossed the wooden bridge,

and entered the gateway...

"...it suddenly

seemed to become much colder...

"...due, no doubt, to the icy waters

of the mountain torrent...

"...I had just crossed.

"However, I deemed myself

lucky to have secured this post...

"...and did not intend

to falter in my purpose."

[Door creaks open]

[Door creaks shut]

[Soft, eerie instrumental music]

[Clock ticking]

[Sinister instrumental music]

I'm sorry. I didn't hear you come in.

My name's Jonathan Harker.

I'm the new librarian.

You will help me, won't you?

Say you will, please!

- How can I help you?

- Get me away from here.

- But why?

- He is keeping me prisoner.

Who is? Count Dracula?

I'm afraid I don't understand.

Please. Please help me to escape!

[Ominous instrumental music]

Mr. Harker.

I am glad that you have arrived safely.

Count Dracula?

I am Dracula.

And I welcome you to my house.

I must apologize for not being here

to greet you personally...

...but I trust you've found

everything you needed.

Thank you, sir. It was most thoughtful.

It was the least I could do

after such a journey.

Yes, it is a long journey.

And tiring, no doubt.

Permit me to show you to your room.

Thank you, sir.

No, please, allow me.


my housekeeper is away at the moment.

- A family bereavement, you understand?

- Of course.

However, everything

has been prepared for your comfort.

When may I start?

When you wish. There are

a large number of volumes to be indexed.

- Is there anything else you need?

- I don't think so. You've been very kind.

On the contrary, it is entirely my privilege.

I am very fortunate to have found such

a distinguished scholar to work for me.

I like quiet and seclusion.

This house, I think, offers that.

Then we are both satisfied.

An admirable arrangement.

There is just one more thing, Mr. Harker.

I have to go out and will not be back

until after sundown tomorrow.

Until then,

please look upon this house as your own.

- Good night, Mr. Harker.

- Good night, sir.

[Knocking on door]

As I shall be away for so long,

you should have the key to the library.

Thank you.

You will find the library

to the left of the hall.

- May I?

- Yes, certainly.

Your wife?

No, my fiance.

You are a very fortunate man.

May I ask her name?

Lucy Holmwood.

- Charming, charming.

- You are very kind.

Good night.

Sleep well, Mr. Harker.

[Door locking]


"At last I have met Count Dracula.

"He accepts me as a man who has agreed...

"...to work among his books, as I intended.

"It only remains for me now

to await the daylight hours...

"...when, with God's help...

"...I will forever end...

"...this man's reign of terror."

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Jimmy Sangster

James Henry Kinmel Sangster (2 December 1927 – 19 August 2011) was a British screenwriter and director, most famous for his work on the initial horror movies made by the British company Hammer Films, including The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958). more…

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