Bram Stoker books: The 5 best movie adaptations of 'Dracula'

Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' is still the most famous of his books, and the story of the deadly vampire came to the screen with these five adaptations.

By , Staff Writer

2. 'Horror of Dracula'

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The 1958 film directed by Terence Fisher is a loose adaptation of Stoker's novel but featured prolific actor Christopher Lee as the Count and Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing. In "Horror," Jonathan Harker, usually a hapless solicitor, pretends to be a librarian working for Dracula but in fact plans to kill the vampire, and Dracula preys on Jonathan's fiance, named Lucy in this version, with Mina as a minor character who is Lucy's sister-in-law. The movie was a box office success and well received critically. "It's a film that deserves recognition as one of this country's finest horror movies, a sexually charged Gothic nightmare featuring standout performances from Hammer stalwarts Lee and Peter Cushing," BBC critic Jamie Russell wrote in 2007. 

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