Hammer's take on the Bram Stoker novel and what an outstanding effort this is. It obviously doesn't follow the Stoker novel all that well, but it takes all the best elements of the story and melds them into one excellent film. Christpher Lee as Dracula is everything you could hope for in the role....he brings a sexuality and strength to the role that in my opinion, has yet to be matched. Peter Cushing in the tole of Van Helsing is simply another perfect cast by Hammer Studios....Cushing brings an air of intelligence and clamness that really makes for great viewing. I highly recommend this film for anyone with a love of Gothic horror and even casual fans of horror.